With the Los Angeles Rams not having a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the draft could be lacking fun and excitement for some fans since there’s nothing to look forward to on Day 1. The second round for the Rams will be important even if the team might miss out on some of the recognizable names from the first round of the draft.
Here is a look at some of the players that the Rams could target with the 37 pick of the draft.
Indiana OL Dan Feeney
In college, Feeney showed that he could play on the inside or at right tackle. In the NFL he projects as a plug-and-play guard. Apparently, teams have been working him out at center which is possibly where the could play him. The Rams have uncertainty on the offensive line, Feeney could end up being an unsexy pick that pays off for the team.
Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie
The Rams might trade CB Trumaine Johnson, and even if they don’t he could still walk next season. With the lack of depth at cornerback roster, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Rams addressed the situation early in this year’s draft.
Awuzie is a player that should excel in man coverage at the next level. Although he isn’t the best tackler, he can play on the outside and in the slot.
USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster
Out of all of the players in the draft, drafting JuJu seems like a perfect idea for the Rams. For Owner Stan Kroenke, dollar signs would fly around his head as the thought of drafting a dynamic player from USC would help fill in seats in what is normally an empty stadium. He is a physical specimen that is a monster with the ball in his hands.
I’m not the biggest fan of JuJu. I personally don’t like the lack of separation, but he can be a physical possession receiver for the Rams. I would just rather them draft him in the third round.
Ole Miss TE Evan Engram
Don’t be surprised if the Rams draft Engram in the second round. Engram has been compared to Washington TE Jordan Reed, a player that produced under former Washington Offensive Coordinator and current Rams Head Coach Sean McVay. With the quality of receivers in this draft, the Rams could draft a player in the later rounds to help them out.
Engram figures to be a movement tight end for the Rams. He’s basically a receiver that effort blocks. He can create separation and make tough catches. I wish that I saw him line up on the outside, but he appears to be a playmaker. Engram and current Rams TE Tyler Higbee could both be productive for the Rams.
Penn St. WR Chris Godwin
I’m usually critical when I hear of players’ draft stock rising since I normally don’t believe it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Godwin is drafted in the second round after his performance at the NFL Combine. He measured in at 6’1 and weighed 209 pounds, was a top performer benching 19 times, ran an impressive four second 20-yard shuttle and also ran a 4.42 40-yard dash.
I thought that he was a solid player that could develop into a really good number two and a player that could be drafted late on day two before the combine. He was used as an outside receiver in college. He wrapped up his college career nicely against USC in the Rose Bowl where he caught nine passes for 187 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Ohio St. C Pat Elflein
I was impressed when I watched Pat. I didn't see him pushed into the quarterbacks lap. He's a good run and pass blocker that is at his best when he doesn't have to pull or go into the second level.
Alabama OLB Tim Williams
The Rams need speed from the edge and Williams has proven to be a damn good pass rusher. However his off the field incidents and his lack of playing time is scary.