We've taken look at running backs and quarterbacks and, now that the Rams have acquired Nick Foles, it seems less and less likely the Rams will select a player from either position at this point. However, it was a nice inspection, right?
This time around we here at Turf Show Times have moved to the next position on the board: Wide Receiver.
There's no consensus on whether or not the Rams are set at WR right now. Are Brian Quick, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin enough? Some maintain we need to draft a receiver while others are content with the available weapons. Either way, we should take a look at what it may look like come pick ten if all the receivers are still on the board. Who could the Rams possibly want?
Well, it all boiled down to five names: Amari Cooper, Kevin White, Jaelen Strong, Dorial Green-Beckham and DeVante Parker. Let's see how the Turf Show Times staff rated each out among their top three.
|Player||1st Choice||2nd Choice||3rd Choice|
|Amari Cooper, Alabama||8||2||0|
|Kevin White, West Virginia||0||4||4|
|Jaelen Strong, Arizona State||2||1||0|
|Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri||0||1||3|
|DeVante Parker, Louisville||0||2||3|
Overwhelmingly, Amari Cooper finished first. He's seen as a safe pick who will transition well to the NFL game. Perhaps, if he's free at number then, the Rams could pull the trigger and give Nick Foles his very own weapons here in St. Louis.
The other man to get number one votes was Jalen Strong. Strong hasn't been covered as heavily as, say, Kevin White or Amari Cooper. However, his 6'4 frame and ability to grab the contested ball are admirable. Perhaps the Rams could grab Strong while not pouring as much draft capital into him as some of the other prospects here.
Others to receive notable votes were Kevin White, Parker and Dorial Green-Beckham. White has definitely risen in boards due to his combine performance, but here he didn't take a single top spot. Parker is another WR who's typically slotted right around where the Rams pick. His excellent hands and solid athleticism have to appeal to the Rams. Finally, there's Beckham. Beckham is a great talent who's run into discipline problems off the field. Dez Bryant, anyone? He's not quite what Dez Bryant was/is, but he's extremely talented. I wouldn't be wholly opposed to the Rams selecting him as long as it isn't at ten.
There you have it. Do these receiving options appeal to you? Last year we saw one of the best and most immediately-impacting crop of rookie receivers in NFL history. Think we could have a repeat? While I don't necessarily think it's as talented as last year, it's certainly a strong class. What are your thoughts? Share them below!