EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Los Angeles Rams fans should probably get used to seeing their favorite team connected to any and all available quarterbacks this offseason.
After the Rams finished at the bottom of the league in most major passing categories, a franchise signal caller is undoubtedly the team's top need entering this offseason. So whether it's a veteran free agent, a possible trade or, yes, the NFL draft, the Rams are going to be linked to all of them until they make a move.
On Tuesday, ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay released his second mock draft and first since the draft order took more of a clear shape (it won't be official until after the Super Bowl).
In his first mock draft, McShay sent Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell to the Rams with the 10th overall pick. That was before the season ended and the Rams played their way into the No. 15 spot.
This time around, McShay went with a quarterback, sending Memphis' Paxton Lynch to Los Angeles. It's worth noting that Lynch has fallen in McShay's eyes after he sent the Memphis quarterback to Cleveland with the second pick in his initial mock.
In the time since, McShay has upgraded California's Jared Goff and North Dakota State's Carson Wentz to spots above Lynch in the pecking order. He sent Goff to Cleveland with the second pick and Wentz to Dallas with the fourth choice in this mock draft.
After that, Treadwell went off McShay's board to San Francisco at No. 7, leaving the Rams well out of the reach of the top two quarterbacks and top wideout in the draft.
As for Lynch, it would make sense if the Rams took a long, hard look at him. It's not outrageous for a top quarterback to be drafted 15th overall but in this day and age, any quarterback falling out of the top 10 comes with obvious warts. In Lynch's case, the early read on him features questions about his accuracy and decision making.
That means the Rams would be getting a potential long-term solution but not necessarily an immediate one in Lynch. Under coach Jeff Fisher, a sense of urgency hasn't exactly been prevalent so we can't rule out the possibility they'd take a project quarterback in the first round. But at some point, you'd think winning now would become the team's top priority which could leave the Rams looking a different direction come April.