Rams Draft: Grading L.A.”s selections in the 2017 NFL Draft [Opinion]

Who did the Rams draft in 2017? Here is a grade for every single pick made by Los Angeles in this weekend’s draft.

Round 2: Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama

The Rams traded down in the second round and landed Everett. Everett only played one season of high school football while he focused on basketball. However, he became a productive tight end in last two seasons at South Alabama as he earned All-Sun Belt honors in 2015 and 2016. Everett caught a lot of attention after the NFL Combine because he dominated the testing.

As for the Rams selection of Everett, L.A. needed a tight end. They rolled the dice on a player with a ton of upside despite some notable names being available on the defensive side of the ball. Everett could become a legit red zone target once he polishes some of his blocking and route running.

Grade: C+

Round 3a: Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington

Los Angeles made a decent value selection with Kupp in the third round. Kupp was a highly productive receiver at Eastern Washington. He also made a name for himself at the Senior Bowl. Kupp comes from an NFL pedigree too as his dad and grandfather bother played in the league.

Kupp has good size for a receiver, but he does not have vertical speed. His route running is good but can he maintain that against faster and stronger payers in the NFL? It is interesting that the Rams selected Kupp over faster receivers like Chris Godwin.

Grade: B-

Round 3b: John Johnson, S, Boston College


Again, the Rams took another pass rusher who had 24.5 sacks in his last two seasons with Pittsburgh. There are some major concerns about Ejuan Price‘s medical history and size in the NFL.

Either way, the Rams rolled the dice on a player with good production and character. He could develop into a nice situational pass rusher. An NFL team can never have too many pass rushers these days.

Grade: A–

Overall Draft Grade: B

At the end of the day, this Rams draft features a fair share of projects. However, Los Angeles made calculated risks by addressing their roster needs with players who have great collegiate production or players with great athletic potential. Now, the Rams must develop these players to their full potential.

Source: http://www.inquisitr.com/opinion/4183549/rams-draft-grading-l-a-s-selections-in-the-2017-nfl-draft/

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