Interesting piece from PFF today on the best and worst value picks from each NFL team. Using their prospect rankings and gauging that against this draft value chart, PFF initially offered their best and worst draft hauls from every team based on value.
As the Los Angeles Rams didn't make either extreme, today's best and worst pick per team are a bit more relevant:
Best: Mike Thomas, WR, Southern Mississippi (Rd. 6, No. 206)
No receiver in college football made more spectacular catches in traffic than Thomas. The only question mark is whether he can separate in the pros, but in the seventh round, he was a steal.
Worst: Josh Forrest, LB, Kentucky (Rd. 6, No. 190)
The Rams were another team with a very solid draft. We barely differed in our evaluation of Forrest compared to his draft slot, yet he still measured out as the "worst" value here. That’s a good thing for L.A.
Setting aside the editorial error of labeling Thomas a seventh-round selection, it's easy to buy both selections.
Thomas excelled in Conference USA and is headed into a situation where he will have as opportune of a landing spot as any sixth-rounder in this year's draft.
Forrest, on the other hand, is still relatively new to the position. As their write-up indicates, it's less that he's bad value for where the Rams drafted him and more that they got positive value everywhere else.
So while the headlines are all going to be heavily tilted in Jared Goff's direction, don't forget the rest of the Rams' 2016 draft class. They may end up having more of an effect on Goff's success or failure than he does independently.