Coming off a 4–12 campaign, the Rams have some needs to address going into the 2017 season. How will they use their picks in the NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
Here's the full list of picks the Rams hold in the 2017 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 2, Pick 12 (No. 44 overall)
Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama: The Rams throw a curve ball with their first pick of the 2017 draft, taking Everett, a player cut from the same TE/slot receiver mold as Evan Engram. This comes one year after L.A. nabbed TE Tyler Higbee in the fourth round. Everett has upside as a pass catcher, but this is early for him and there were a lot of defensive options on the board. GRADE: D+
Round 3, Pick 5 (No. 69)
Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington: This is another good one in terms of value, but confusing in terms of team fit. Kupp is a polished receiver capable of handling a heavy workload. He’ll have to prove he can live outside, though, and the Rams just used a Round 2 pick on a slot-type TE in Gerald Everett. GRADE: B–
Round 3, Pick 27 (No. 91)
John Johnson, S, Boston College: Kind of a perfect mid-to-late Round 3 pick. Johnson has obvious bright spots in his game, including his ability to mix and match coverages. He’s also got a long way to go before he’s a complete product. Wade Phillips is a great defensive coordinator if a player needs development, though, and Johnson’s movable skills will give Phillips some options. GRADE: A–
Round 4, Pick 10 (No. 117) Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M
Round 4, Pick 19 (No. 125) Samson Ebukam, OLB, Eastern Washington
Round 6, Pick 5 (No. 189) Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane
Round 6, Pick 22 (No. 206) Sam Rogers, FB, Virginia Tech
Round 7, Pick 16 (No. 234) Ejuan Price, DE, Pittsburgh