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2017 NFL Draft: LA Rams Draft History By School Top 5

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Don’t be surprised if the LA Rams draft a player close to home in 2017.

USC v Washington Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

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:

  1. UCLA - 44 Selections
  2. USC - 39 Selections
  3. Washington - 38 Selections
  4. Notre Dame - 32 Selections
  5. 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