Recapping Rams Draft, Thoughts on Final Results
While the their first day of the NFL Draft was quiet, thanks to the Jared Goff trade in 2016, the Los Angeles Rams kept themselves busy on Friday and Saturday. Les Snead and Sean McVay worked to fill their roster with almost every position need.
That is, except for offensive line.
The Rams added to their receiving corps, taking a receiving tight end from South Alabama, and two wide receivers in the first three picks of their draft. Among them is Cooper Kupp, who made a big name for himself in the Senior Bowl this past February.
Although a bigger, slower frame, Kupp was a great possession receiver for Eastern Washington and set 15 FCS records. He will join an already-crowded, but unproven, corps of receivers looking to shake off the reputation of being the worst unit in the league.
Tight end Gerald Everrett from South Alabama, however, joins a shallow unit. Before the Everrett selection, the Rams only had two on the roster in Tyler Higbee and Temarrick Hemingway, who were both drafted last year. Everrett comes to the Rams after piling up more than 1200 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in the final two years with the Jaguars.
LA went for a number of small school players with some impressive game film. Although, the expectations for said players will be draped in reality of low-expectations. If they can make the field and contribute, it will be a successful draft.
The most surprising move in the Rams draft wasn’t the lack of offensive linemen, but the addition of a fullback. Cory Harkey has been the Rams fullback for years, and the selection of Virgina Tech’s Sam Rogers could be a sign Harkey’s time at that position could be over, moving to a blocking tight end role soley.
So, how did the Rams do?
There is no way of truly knowing that now, and we probably won’t really know until 2-3 seasons from now. No one has played a down yet, and college careers are not indicators of what guys will do on the NFL field in the future.
All eight draftees, and 10 undrafted free agents, will have to learn a completely new system, a new playbook, and will adjust to a new speed. The competition is more difficult, the season is longer and tougher on the body, and there is no guarantee they make the final roster, even if they do show they can play.
Putting a grade on this draft would be doing so for the sake of grading something. In 2014, the Rams thought they found their franchise left tackle in Greg Robinson. Five years before that, they thought they found their franchise left tackle in Jason Smith.
Anything can happen between now and three years from now. Hell, anything can happen between now and three months from now. All the Rams have is an idea of what they can get out of a player if everything goes well.