St. Louis Rams Select Fresno State OG Cody Wichmann in Sixth Round of 2015 NFL Draft


The St. Louis Rams have selected Fresno State offensive guard Cody Wichmann with their compensatory selection in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the 39th pick of the round and 215th overall. It was the Rams’ second selection of the sixth round, as they spent the 25th pick of the round on Missouri wide receiver Bud Sasser.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Wichmann played in all 53 games of his career at Fresno State and started 50 of them. He played exclusively at right guard for the past two seasons after seeing some action at right tackle during his first two seasons. He’s considered to be a powerful drive blocker with limited mobility and athleticism.

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Wichmann is the fourth offensive lineman that the Rams have drafted this weekend, following Wisconsin’s Rob Havenstein, Louisville’s Jamon Brown, and Iowa’s Andrew Donnal. He’ll probably face the biggest challenge for a roster spot, particularly since he is unlikely to play tackle at the NFL level and therefore has less positional versatility than Brown or Donnal.
The Rams’ projected starting line as of now figures to be, from left to right: Greg Robinson, Rodger Saffold, Barrett Jones, Brown, and Havenstein. The Rams could inject some experience into that group by playing Tim Barnes at center and Jones at guard, or they could elect to sign a veteran free agent such as Justin Blalock or incumbent right tackle Joe Barksdale to add some reliability. Beyond those players, the Rams will have Donnal, returning backup Brandon Washington, free agent addition Garrett Reynolds, second-year center Demetrius Rhaney, and practice squad returnees Travis Bond and Steven Baker competing for backup jobs. Thus, if Wichmann doesn’t make a major impression during training camp, he may have to begin his Rams career on the practice squad.

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