Los Angeles Rams 2017 Draft Review

2nd/44 Gerald Everett, TE

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 239 School: South Alabama

An undersized tight end Everett lines up exclusively in the slot and uses his speed and athletic ability to be a match up nightmare. Needing to add weapons around Jared Goff, Everett will play the Jordan Reed role that Head Coach Sean McVay had so much success with while running the Washington Redskins offense. Everett has the speed to push to push the seam and the body control to go up and win jump balls.

 

3rd/69 Cooper Kupp, WR

Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 204 School: Eastern Washington

As the Rams continue to add receiving pieces to their offense they get a small school prospects that has a knack for getting open and shredding zone defenses. Kupp isn’t a dynamic athlete but uses good acceleration to create separation out of breaks while finding the soft areas of the zone. The Rams will likely use him out of the slot with the hope of him becoming a possession receiver to help move the chains.

 

3rd/91 John Johnson, S

Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 208 School: Boston College

In a Wade Phillips defense, they need safeties that can play in coverage because they blitz five defenders so frequently. Johnson shows good instincts in coverage and has the fluid hips to turn in run to the ball in the air. Add in Johnson’s ability to cover in the slot and he could be able to find an early role as a sub package defender.

 

4th/117 Josh Reynolds, WR

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 194 School: Texas A&M

With so many small fast receivers the Rams lack that big contested catcher that is a staple of the West Coast Offense. Reynolds is tall and lean but he is a smooth athlete and excels at 50/50 catches. Needing someone who Jared Goff can trust to just throw the ball up to, Reynolds gives the Rams a different element.

 

4th/125 Samson Ebukam, OLB

Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 240 School: Eastern Washington

Wade Phillips loves to keep his pass rushers fresh often using up to four outside linebackers that he can count on. Ebukam is a raw football player who needs time to develop but possesses good explosion off the line that allow him to lead Eastern Washington with 9.5 sacks last year.

 

6th/189 Tanzel Smart, DT

Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 296 School: Tulane

Smart fits the prototype of a Wade Phillips defensive lineman as he wants athletic penetrators for the one gap 3-4 they’ll run. Undersized with short arms Smart uses his quickness to get up field but with his limited skill set his ceiling is that of a reserve rotational player.

 

6th/206 Sam Rogers, FB

Ht.: 5-10 Wt.: 231 School: Virginia Tech

A staple position of the West Coast offense is a fullback that can play a variety of different roles. Without on the team the Rams went out and got the versatile Rogers who can line up at running back, tight end, and full back all within a game. His pass catching ability can be a weapon as a dump off receiver.

 

7th/234 Ejuan Price, OLB

Ht.: 5-11 Wt.: 241 School: Pittsburgh

Price is a pure and simple pass rusher who excels with a quick get off and good acceleration. He is not a fluid athlete so he has to win with his speed off the line. Playing in a 3-4 should benefit Price who lacks ideal size, but used as a rotational pass rusher he should be able to make an immediate impact.

 

Best Pick

Reynolds (fourth round)

 

Upside Pick

Price (seventh round)

 

Overall Thoughts

Transitioning to a new scheme on both offense and defense the Rams spent this draft finding players that fit exactly into scheme specific roles. While they were successful finding good fits the Rams tended to reach on players early rather than taking the better prospects that were available.

Grade: C

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