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2016 NFL mock draft: Connor Cook to the Los Angeles Rams

We finally have another quarterback off the board in the SB Nation NFL writers mock draft.

Here's the thing. Every year we do the SB Nation NFL writers mock draft, we work several days in advance to make sure we can publish three picks a day and finish a week before the actual draft starts. The picks are all made three or more days before they're published so we can write and edit every post as needed. Basically, this thing is a giant exercise in cat herding. Because of the nature of how we have to run the mock, we couldn't go back in and make changes based on the blockbuster Rams/Titans trade.

Does that make this mock draft considerably less realistic? Of course it does. But there will be scenes in the next season of Game of Thrones that seem more realistic than some mock drafts out there. Seriously, Jalen Ramsey is great but he was never going No. 1. So anyway, we're running the third Rams pick of the mock draft as scheduled because frankly it's too difficult to undo at this point. If that makes you mad on the internet, sorry.

Now, Joe McAtee of Turf Show Times can take it away:

45. Rams: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

McAtee: Finally. Finally, the Rams add some new talent to their 32nd-ranked 2015 offense.

Despite the unwavering public support of Case Keenum as the Rams’ starting quarterback, a QB depth chart led by Keenum and Nick Foles is hardly inspiring. Second-year player Sean Mannion, one of the Rams’ two third-round selections a year ago, played just seven snaps in 2015, those coming in a 31-7 late November blowout in Cincinnati. Adding Cook to that mix at least gives head coach Jeff Fisher another option coming out of training camp to toy with as he re-tools his offense to support RB Todd Gurley.

Given that Cook isn’t commonly seen as a first-round prospect and would be the fourth quarterback in the draft here, it may not be a big-ticket draw. The Rams, though, aren’t going to pull themselves out of the offensive abyss they’ve been in for the last decade on the back of a single prospect.

Cook offers enough positives to justify rolling the dice on another quarterback to put into the mix to see who can establish some long-term viability to begin upgrading the rest of the offense in the years to come.

Analysis: It's still hard to fathom how outwardly supportive the Rams are of a group of mediocre quarterbacks. Given who is on the roster, it's critical the Rams come out of this draft with a quarterback who can push for the starting job as a rookie. Cook is capable of being that player. He's an experienced quarterback coming out of a pro-style offense, so it stands to reason he's NFL ready. Although his tools aren't overly impressive, he would be a good addition to an offense that should rely on Gurley first and turn to the passing game second.

Dan's Top 5 players remaining

  • 40. Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
  • 41. Joshua Perry, OLB, Ohio State
  • 42. Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
  • 43. Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
  • 46. Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech

Rams picks

  • 1-15: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
  • 2-43: Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
  • 2-45: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

That does it for our three picks today. Coming up at 9 a.m. ET tomorrow is a pick for the Lions courtesy of Pride of Detroit.

Complete draft results:

First round

1. Tennessee Titans - Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss (Link)
2. Cleveland Browns - Jared Goff, QB, Cal (Link)
3. San Diego Chargers - Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State (Link)
4. Dallas Cowboys - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State (Link)
5. Jacksonville Jaguars - Myles Jack, LB, UCLA (Link)
6. Baltimore Ravens - Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State (Link)
7. San Francisco 49ers - DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon (Link)
8. Philadelphia Eagles - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State (Link)
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky (Link)
10. New York Giants - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame (Link)
11. Chicago Bears - Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida (Link)
12. New Orleans Saints - A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama (Link)
13. Miami Dolphins - Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State (Link)
14. Oakland Raiders - Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State (Link)
15. Los Angeles Rams - Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson (Link)
16. Detroit Lions - Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State (Link)
17. Atlanta Falcons - Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson (Link)
18. Indianapolis Colts - Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama (Link)
19. Buffalo Bills - Reggie Ragland, MLB, Alabama (Link)
20. New York Jets - Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State (Link)
21. Washington - Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor (Link)
22. Houston Texans - Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor (Link)
23. Minnesota Vikings - Josh Doctson, WR, TCU (Link)
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss (Link)
25. Pittsburgh Steelers - William Jackson, CB, Houston (Link)
26. Seattle Seahawks - Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida (Link)
27. Green Bay Packers - Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama (Link)
28. Kansas City Chiefs - Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech (Link)
29. Arizona Cardinals - Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss (Link)
30. Carolina Panthers - Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson (Link)
31. Denver Broncos - Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis (Link)

Second round

32. Cleveland Browns - Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State (Link)
33. Tennessee Titans - Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State (Link)
34. Dallas Cowboys - Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville (Link)
35. San Diego Chargers- Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State (Link)
36. Baltimore Ravens - Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech (Link)
37. San Francisco 49ers - Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana (Link)
38. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia (Link)
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State (Link)
40. New York Giants - Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia (Link)
41. Chicago Bears - Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama (Link)
42. Miami Dolphins - Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame (Link)
43. Los Angeles Rams - Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
44. Oakland Raiders - Darian Thompson, S, Boise State