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2016 NFL Draft: How The Rams Could Address The Offensive Depth Chart

It's clear that the Rams are going to be taking a quarterback with the #1 overall pick. There is no denying their intention to bolster the QB situation with fresh, starting-caliber talent. But, who is going to catch the ball?

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Drafting Cal QB Jared Goff (presumably) will give the Los Angeles Rams four quarterbacks 28-years old and under with two of those quarterbacks (Nick Foles and Case Keenum) having legitimate starting experience.

Last year's third-round pick, Sean Mannion, figures to be involved in a backup role moving forward.  So it stands to reason that the Rams will be fully stocked at that position at least until one of those quarterbacks is cut or traded.

What about the players catching the ball?  Let's take a quick look at the Rams' offensive depth chart:

Wide Receiver

You can see that Kenny Britt and Tavon Austin are the starting wide receivers with Brian Quick and Bradley Marquez rounding out the top four.  Britt, Quick and Austin will all be free agents after 2016, unless Austin's fifth-year option is picked up.  They will need to decide on Austin by May 2nd.

Behind them? You'll note Stedman Bailey is at the bottom of the depth chart, which makes sense; he's coming back from a life-threatening injury and will need to work his way back into a role.

Also, Isiah Fergusona former UDFA, is coming back from ACL surgery.  He's an intriguing player, with the size/speed combo the Rams like at 6'5", 218 lbs.

Then there's former Northwestern QB Kain Colter, and UDFA Deon Long.  Colter, who was signed as a FA earlier this year, has the makings of a slot receiver, with his intelligence and foot quickness, and could see time there in camp.

Yeah, the Rams could use some help here, especially with next year's depth chart being so wide open. Options in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft include guys like Kenny Lawler, Jordan Payton and Keyarris Garrett.

In my opinion, the Rams should focus on a player capable of making tough catches in traffic to increase their abysmal 3rd down conversion percentage and present their QB with a reliable target in the 5-15 yard range.

The Rams should also consider adding a veteran WR in Anquan Boldin or Marques Colston who could work zones in a slot role.

Tight End

Looks sparse, doesn't it?  The Rams cut Jared Cook in February to increase their salary cap space, leaving them with a total of three tight ends: Lance Kendricks (de facto starter), human Swiss Army knife Cory Harkey (brought back on a three year deal), and developmental prospect Justice Cunningham.

The Rams typically carry four tight ends on the 53, so we know at least one player in the draft will end up on the roster.  With the release of Cook, it stands to reason that their focus would be on a safety-blanket tight end prospect that is capable of providing Goff with a big, reliable target.  Harkey rarely runs passing routes, and when he does, it's usually out of the backfield.

So, who could help the Rams in the 4th round or later?  Options include Nick Vannett, Tyler Higbee and Beau Sandland.  These are all bigger TE prospects that would provide the size and soft hands necessary to replace Cook's production in the passing game and develop into a red zone threat.