Having spent 80 years in the NFL, it’s fair to say the Los Angeles Rams have made their fair share of good, and sometimes awful, NFL draft selections. And with 50 of those years spent in the City of Angels, their draft history displays a propensity for the team to select players close to home.
Since joining the NFL in Cleveland back in 1937, the Rams have selected players from 294 different colleges/universities. Here’s how the Top 5 shake out:
- UCLA - 44 Selections
- USC - 39 Selections
- Washington - 38 Selections
- Notre Dame - 32 Selections
- Ohio State - 27 Selections
The level of success, despite their West Coast is the best coast approach, varies. The last player taken from each school?
- UCLA - LB Brandon Chillar (Rd. 4, 2004 NFL Draft)
- USC - S T.J. McDonald (Rd. 3, 2013 NFL Draft)
- Washington - DE Jason Chorak (Rd. 7, 1998 NFL Draft)
- Notre Dame - TE Jerome Collins (Rd. 5, 2005 NFL Draft)
- Ohio St. - S Christian Bryant (Rd. 7, 2014 NFL Draft)
The most recent, and obvious, connection for draft picks from the Golden State would only take you back to the 2016 NFL Draft, when the Rams traded the farm for Cal (who’ve had 15 selections since 1937) QB Jared Goff. He’s still looking for his first career win, and the Titans have the 5th overall pick in this year’s draft.
The 2017 NFL Draft crop from UCLA/USC/Washington (which account for 41% of the overall selections by school) offer the Rams plenty of viable options with the 37th overall pick. It’s unlikely that Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer gets a look from the Rams, but Ohio State also has a few players who could pique the Rams’ interest on Friday.
Prospects Who Could Be Available for the Rams at 37
UCLA OLB Takkarist McKinley
UCLA CB Fabian Moreau
USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster
USC CB Adoree Jackson
Washington CB Kevin King
Washington CB Sidney Jones
Washington WR John Ross
Washington S Budda Baker
Ohio State WR Curtis Samuel
Ohio State ILB Raekwon McMillan
Ohio State C Pat Elflein