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5 players the Rams should draft at No. 15

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The NFL Draft is not until April 28, but the Los Angeles Rams will continue exploring different options for their No. 15 selection in the 2016 Draft.

The NFL Scouting Combine begins next week, so here are five players the Rams must continue evaluating before April’s Draft.

Defensive line Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss

Ndemiche might not be on the board when the Rams select, because he is a top talent in the draft. He displays the short area quickness and explosive first step that will dominate in the NFL. On more than one occasion, against Alabama, Ndemiche makes a play on the runner in the backfield.

Unfortunately, Ndemiche comes with off-field concerns after an incident that included him jumping out of a hotel window. Nonetheless, Michael Brockers and Nick Fairley are both free agents for Los Angeles. Hence, Nkemdiche could easily slide into the starting defensive tackle role. Nkemdiche paired besides Aaron Donald would be one of the best defensive interiors in the league.

Receiver Michael Thomas, Ohio St.

The last few NFL Drafts produced a lot of quality receivers including Sammy Watkins, Amari Cooper, Odell Beckham Jr. and many more quality starters.  Thomas is this receiving classes’ best blend of size, speed and production. Against Virginia Tech, Thomas showcases his explosive route running ability.

If Thomas is available at No. 15, he makes too much sense for the Rams. The Ohio State prospect was the best receiver on the 2014 National Championship, and he is also from the Los Angeles are where the Rams currently reside. Thomas would be the big physical threat for whoever plays quarterback for the Rams.

Edge Rusher Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky

Spence began his career at Ohio State before an off-field battle with Ecstasy cost him his stay with the Buckeyes. Spence dominated the FCS level and also dominated at the recent senior bowl.

Above Spence showcases his vicious ability to get the quarterback. He consistently shows great acceleration and his hand moves are underrated.

Although he does not fill the Rams biggest need, Spence might be the best player available when the Rams select. Rather or not they bring back the overpaid and under productive defensive end Chris Long, they should consider Spence. He would thrive opposite Robert Quinn and Aaron Donald.

Receiver Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

Treadwell dominated this year’s Sugar Bowl by catching three touchdown passes.

 

Although many scouts question his pure speed, Treadwell showcased how he can use his big frame at the next level. He would be the perfect possession receiver opposite Tayvon Austin in the Rams offense. If Treadwell tests well in the combine he might not even be available for the Rams at No. 15. However, a slow 40-yard-dash time could help him stumble to the Rams. Los Angeles should not pass on the opportunity to get Treadwell.

Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida

Hargreaves is a consensus among the top cornerbacks in the draft. He intercepted 10 passes across 36 career college games. That is the type of production the Rams will need if they lose either of their starting cornerbacks Trumaine Jackson or Janoris Jenkins in free agency.

Hargreaves and Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander are in a constant battle for the second best cornerback player behind Jalin Ramsey. Hargreaves has the better ball skills as Alexander was barely challenged at Clemson. Hargreaves will help the Rams defense continue creating turnovers in 2016.

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Pete D. Camarillo is currently a credentialed Lakers writer for SportsOutWest and co-host of the weekly Touchdowns and Tangents podcast. Pete enjoys creating content about music, life and West Coast Sports, specifically the NBA and NFL. He has published more than 1,000 articles across various publications including ClutchPoints, FullPressCoverage, TheSportsDaily, Fansided and Inquistr. Pete is also currently a full-time media relations professional for Business Wire and he is active in ONA, SPJ, NABJ and AAJA organizations in Los Angeles. The 2015 CSUN Journalism grad volunteers on his Journalism Alumni Association Board of Directors now. His background includes community relations with the L.A. Clippers during the 2014-15 season. studying sports management, football coaching and earning a fellowship for his entrepreneurship ventures. Follow him on Twitter @petecertified.
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