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Rams take WR Laquon Treadwell in Mel Kiper's latest mock draft

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- If you've already grown tired of seeing Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch sent to the Rams in various mock drafts, you're in luck.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. unveiled his his second mock draft Thursday, and he changed things up this time around. After sending Lynch to the Rams in his first mock draft, Kiper now has the team picking Mississippi wide receiver Laquon Treadwell with the No. 15 pick. In this scenario, Kiper has Treadwell as the first wideout chosen.

Landing the best receiver in the draft is certainly a fine idea for a team that has been trying to solve its wideout puzzle since Torry Holt departed. The Rams haven't had a wide receiver reach even 800 yards, let alone 1,000, since Holt did so in 2007. Last year Rams receivers combined for less yardage, only one more catch, and the same number of touchdown receptions the Falcons' Julio Jones.

Treadwell isn't a speedster, and his performance in the 40-yard dash will be watched closely at next week's NFL combine. But his size and ability to make contested catches make him an intriguing option. As a bonus, Treadwell is a solid and willing blocker, which is important for an offense that wants to first and foremost run the ball effectively.

So would Treadwell be a better option than Lynch (or any other quarterback)? I suppose that's in the eye of the beholder. It's worth noting that Kiper has dropped Lynch out of the first round altogether, which lines up with something I've written in reaction to the many mocks sending Lynch to the Rams. Most quarterbacks worthy of the 15th pick generally go in the top 10 or higher because of the nature of the position. Lynch being available to the Rams at No. 15 would beg the question of whether he was worthy of that spot or if the Rams were taking the next best quarterback just to get their hands on one.

Would the Rams then be better off taking a top-flight receiver, hoping he he can help whoever is at quarterback? It's an internal debate the Rams would probably be happy to have.