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Mock Draft Roundup: One final preview

Although the Rams do not have a first round pick in this year's draft, there are still some outlets which produce mock drafts that go beyond the first 32 selections. Those are what we will be using to highlight predictions for L.A.

Barring an unforeseen trade into the first round, the Rams' first pick in the draft will be No. 52 overall in the second round, though they will also have the No. 57 overall pick after agreeing to trade wide receiver Brandin Cooks and a 2022 fourth-round pick to the Houston Texans. Los Angeles currently has three picks in the Top 100, plus the No. 104 overall pick thanks to the NFL's compensatory formula.

Here's a look at the ninth and final edition of theRams.com's Mock Draft Roundup leading into this year's draft:

Date: April 20

Expert: Ryan Wilson, NFL and NFL Draft Writer

The picks: Alabama edge rusher Terrell Lewis (second round, No. 52 overall), LSU offensive lineman Lloyd Cushenberry III (second round, No. 57 overall), Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins (third round, No. 84 overall, pictured above), Iowa cornerback Michael Ojemudia (third round, No. 104 overall)

Notes: Wilson predicts the Rams will address the offensive and defensive front seven with their first two selections. He then has Los Angeles getting deeper at wide receiver and cornerback.

A former five-star recruit, Lewis registered 31 tackles, 11.5 for loss, six sacks and two pass breakups in 11 games for the Crimson Tide last season on his way to All-SEC Second Team honors.

Cushenberry was a two-year starter at center for LSU, doing so across 28 consecutive games from 2018-19. Part of an offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award, given annually to the nation's top offensive line, he also led the team in total snaps with 1,037 last season.

Higgins was a first-team All-ACC selection after posting 59 catches for a team-high 1,167 yards (fifth-most in a season in program history) and 13 receiving touchdowns while starting in all 15 games last season. His 27 career receiving touchdowns tied with future NFL greats DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins for most in Clemson history, and he is the only player in school history to record double-digit touchdown receptions in consecutive seasons.

Ojemudia landed Second Team All-Big Ten honors after collecting three interceptions, nine pass break-ups and one recovered fumble in 12 starts, missing only one game due to injury.

Date: April 20

Expert: Charlie Campbell, Senior Draft Analyst

The picks: Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins (second round, No. 52 overall), Missouri defensive lineman Jordan Elliott (second round, No. 57 overall) Notre Dame defensive lineman Julian Okwara (third round, No. 84 overall), Michigan Edge linebacker Josh Uche (third round, No. 104 overall, compensatory selection)

Notes: The returns of Andrew Whitworth and Austin Blythe appear to be enough for Campbell to not include an offensive lineman among his projections for the Rams' highest draft capital. He has Los Angeles taking a running back, then shoring up the front seven with their other selections.

One of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, Dobbins became the first running back in school history to surpass the 2,000-yard mark, finishing with 2,003 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns. He also finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting and was a First Team All-America selection by the Football Writers Association of America.

Elliott earned All-American honors from Pro Football Focus (first team) and the Associated Press (second team) after tallying 44 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, three pass breakups, six QB hurries and a blocked kick last season, his first as a full-time starter. According to Campbell, he is capable of playing all three positions along the defensive line in a 3-4 scheme.

Okwara played along the defensive line in a 4-2-5 base scheme at Notre Dame, though Campbell believes he could fit as an edge rusher in a 3-4 scheme like the Rams have.

Uche was a second-team All-Big Ten selection and Michigan's Defensive Player of the Year after posting a team-high 8.5 sacks during his senior season, starting in nine of the 13 games he played in. He was widely praised for his performance at the Senior Bowl in January.

Date: April 17

Expert: Chad Reuter, Draft Analyst

The picks: Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks (second round, No. 52 overall), Temple center Matt Hennessy (second round, No. 57 overall), UCLA cornerback Darnay Holmes (third round, No. 84 overall), North Dakota State edge rusher Derrek Tuszka (third round, No. 104 overall)

Notes: Reuter's newest mock draft goes seven rounds, but we're focusing on the first four picks for space purposes. Similar to previous editions that went three rounds, he still has the Rams addressing the offensive line and defensive front seven early.

Brooks collected Second-Team All-American recognition and First-Team All-Big 12 honors after posting a team-high 108 total tackles plus three sacks in 11 starts. Reuter's fellow NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah told theRams.com last week that Brooks fits as a possible candidate to replace Cory Littleton.

Hennessy was one of three finalists for the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation's best center, in 2019. He started in 12 of Temple's 13 games last season as well and would provide depth to the Rams' offensive line.

Holmes started each of the 10 games he played in, leading UCLA with a pair of interceptions plus six pass breakups en route to honorable mention All-Pac-12 recognition by league coaches. Like Hennessy, Holmes could provide depth at his corresponding position.

An FCS First Team All-American (STATS, HERO Sports, Associated Press, Phil Steele, Athlon Sports and the Walter Camp Football Foundation), Tuszka also collected Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year last season after finishing with the the fourth-most sacks in a single season (13.5) in 2019.

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