Grading the Draft: Los Angeles Rams

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

With no pick in the first round after trading it for the rights to move up and select Jared Goff last April, the Rams were looking for offensive weaponry and a safety entering the draft.

2(12)

Gerald Everett

TE

South Alabama

3(5)

Cooper Kupp

WR

Eastern Washington

3(27)

John Johnson

S

Boston College

4(10)

Josh Reynolds

WR

Texas A&M

4(19)

Samson Ebukam

OLB

Eastern Washington

6(5)

Tanzel Smart

DT

Tulane

6(22)

Sam Rogers

FB

Virginia Tech

7(16)

Ejuan Price

OLB

Pittsburgh

UDFA Signings: Aarion Penton, CB, Missouri; Ishmael Adams, DB, UCLA; Kevin Davis, LB, Colorado State; Justin Davis, RB, USC; Jake Eldrenkamp, OL, Washington; Anthony McMeans, OL, New Mexico State; Johnny Mundt, TE, Oregon; Folarin Orimolade, LB, Dartmouth; Casey Sayles, DT, Ohio University; Dravious Wright, CB, North Carolina State; Jared Collins, CB, Arkansas

Despite several top-rated safeties sitting on the board when they were selecting in Round 2, the Rams went offense and chose Gerald Everett. While we did not grade Everett as a top-45 choice, he is definitely a playmaker at the tight end position who can stretch the seam. Considering three tight ends were selected in Round 1, it's understandable that the second tier of prospects at the tight end position went earlier than expected.

They stayed with the pass-catcher theme a round later, drafting Cooper Kupp. Kupp was one of the most reliable receivers in the draft and though he’s neither big nor fast, he's a terrific route-runner with dependable hands.

Safety was addressed in Round 3 with John Johnson.

Entering the season I graded Johnson as a potential third-rounder but moved him into the draft's final day, as I never thought his game improved much in 2016. Johnson has a complete skill set and offers potential at either safety spot but must get his play back on track.

Josh Reynolds was a steal in Round 4. Reynolds won't wow anybody with his athleticism, but he's a solid receiver with a complete game. With the lack of receiver depth on the Rams roster, I can definitely see Reynolds developing into a No. 3 for the team.

The Rams went back to Eastern Washington for their second pick in the fourth round, selecting pass rusher Samson Ebukam, and while I like Ebukam I thought Round 4 was too early for his services. I also wonder where he will line up for the Rams. He will start off as a designated pass rusher and adds insurance against the potential loss of Robert Quinn in the future or could be a replacement for Connor Barwin.

Tanzel Smart was another curious choice. I like the player but think he's a poor fit in Los Angeles. Smart is best as a three-technique tackle and really has no place in the Rams system.

Sam Rogers is a hard-nosed player who gets the most from his ability yet is marginally athletic and has no outstanding physical skills. With no fullbacks on the roster, Rogers has the inside track to making the team.

Ejuan Price was another head scratcher. He's tough and fierce but small and comes with limited upside.

Analysis: While this is not a bad collection of players by any means, I thought many were taken anywhere from a half to a full round too early. I also wonder why they selected so many defensive front-seven players considering their selections of the past. Grade: C