The Los Angeles Rams knew they couldn’t measure large in this NFL Draft, interjection to their retreat Robert Griffin III trade scheme that cost a authorization a 2017 first-round pick.
They did conduct to turn adult a few some-more flitting targets for child quarterback Jared Goff. “We feel like we were means to residence a lot of those needs, though we also didn’t overreach for any,” new Rams manager Sean McVay told reporters in Los Angeles.
“It seemed like a lot of those guys that we had valued, we were means to get during a symbol that we wanted. And that was kind of a idea for a weekend and we felt like we achieved that.”
But their work mostly elicited yawns from a draftniks employed by several media outlets.
NFL.com researcher Chad Reuter was a one optimist among a remarkable breeze scholars; he give a Rams a B-minus grade.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke gave a Rams a C and ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com and Dieter Kurtenbach of Fox Sports all gave them a C-minus.
USA Today’s Nate Davis was a slightest free expert, assessing a group a D-plus.
Here is how they pennyless down a selections:
Prisco, CBSSports.com: “They traded their first-round collect final year to get quarterback Jared Goff, so they had to wait until a second turn to pick. When they did pick, they seemed to concentration on assisting Goff. Their second-round collect was parsimonious finish Gerald Everett, and they followed that adult with Eastern Washington receiver Cooper Kupp in a third and Texas AM receiver Josh Reynolds in a fourth. They didn’t take an descent lineman, that was strange.”
ESPN’s Kiper: “It would be a lot easier to stamp this breeze class ‘INCOMPLETE’ and pierce on, since so many of it is wrapped adult in Jared Goff. He is a reason they didn’t have a first-round collect in 2017, and we positively don’t cruise it’s satisfactory to tighten a book on him. He had no possibility final year with a miss of restraint (run or pass) and stone-handed pass-catching. If Sean McVay can clear Goff’s talent, afterwards final year’s class and this year’s class demeanour a lot improved . . . Aside from a Goff issue, we only consistently saw a Rams’ selections as a small bit rich. we like a devise — go get pass-catchers for Goff — though a value only suffered a little. we had Everett during No. 111 on my board, and he went during 44. we unequivocally like Cooper Kupp but would have left with Chris Godwin or Josh Malone before him. Josh Reynolds can make good plays on a round even while covered, though it was another box in that a Rams had him a bit aloft than we did. John Johnson has some plain tape, though he didn’t exam well, and distance is a doubt mark. we had him down as a likelier Day 3 pick. Overall, we cruise a Rams were intelligent to go after weapons for Goff (and McVay), we only questioned value in spots. Ironically, a many critical aspect to both this breeze and final year’s won’t be Goff or these far-reaching receivers, it’ll be if a Rams can retard good adequate to unleash any of them.”
SI’s Burke: “This was kind of a weird breeze for a Rams, who didn’t have a Round 1 collect since of their trade to take Jared Goff final year. After sitting out Thursday’s proceedings, GM Les Snead afterwards spent 3 of his initial 4 picks on pass catchers—TE Gerald Everett (a strech during 44), WR Cooper Kupp (No. 59) and WR Josh Reynolds (No. 119). Reynolds competence be a best of a bunch, and he unequivocally good could breeze adult a No. 1 receiver before prolonged on what’s now a perplexed receiver abyss chart. Versatile reserve John Johnson (No. 91) and DT Tanzel Smart (No. 189) should see time early in Wade Phillips’s defense. OLB Samson Ebukam (No. 125) also could, as a pass rusher. But a Rams unequivocally overloaded during a ability positions, that is an surprising choice for a rebuilding team.”
Davis, USA Today: “Their 2017 initial rounder was invested into final year’s gambit for Jared Goff, who’s entrance off a sincerely catastrophic rookie deteriorate that legitimized fears he could be a latest college widespread quarterback to wave in a NFL. GM Les Snead and new manager Sean McVay wish they’ve found new weapons to dive Goff’s development. But as intriguing as Round 2 TE Gerald Everett is, he’s no longer in a Sun Belt. Third-round WR Cooper Kupp set a slew of annals – though during a Football Championship Subdivision level. Maybe John Johnson (Round 3) could find himself personification reserve in Wade Phillips’ invulnerability by opening day. But as was a box with Goff, several leaps of faith here, and abating room for a advantage of a doubt with a authorization expected to spend a 13th uninterrupted deteriorate bashful of a playoffs.”
Kurtenbach, Fox Sports: “The Gerald Everett, John Johnson, and Josh Reynolds picks were strong. Going to dual Eastern Washington players is weird and didn’t maximize a value of picks or unequivocally assistance a Rams in 2017 and beyond. we only don’t see a value in this breeze board.”
NFL.com‘s Reuter: “Tight finish was a need position for a Rams, and Gerald Everett’s ability to get off a line uniformly is utterly impressive. They competence cruise him a receiver. It competence have been a parasite early for him, however — not distinct when they chose Lance Kendricks a bit early in 2011. Cooper Kupp’s feet are as discerning as any in a draft, even if his 40 time wasn’t great. Third-round reserve John Johnson is favourite by scouts for his ability to hoop mixed roles in a secondary.”
MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE
Questions to contemplate while watchful for St. Louis to dry out:
“I cruise it’s a bad-lit Little League field. we can’t see anything here.”
Atlanta Braves initial baseman Freddie Freeman, angry about Miller Park to a Atlanta Journal-Constitution.