Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft is in the books and with it, the first three members of the Los Angeles Rams’ 2017 draft class: South Alabama TE Gerald Everett, Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp and Boston College S John Johnson.
With their first pick, it was obvious the Rams needed to get a pass catcher. They were able to trade back a bit, accumulate a pick they needed badly and still get a pass catcher in Everett. He’s the modern tight end and can be their Jordan Reed. He is at his best in space and will help Jared Goff in the short passing game. The value didn’t quite match the need for me.
The pick of Kupp was a solid one after JuJu Smith-Schuster was off the board. Kupp catches pretty much everything thrown his way. He’s not a flashy player, but he’s another receiver who will hopefully accelerate Goff’s development. Johnson in the third round is a dependable player. He’s not an overly flashy player, but he’s solid in coverage and decent enough coming up against the run. He needs to get better as a tackler.
This class isn’t likely to get great grades off of those three. They weren’t awfully highly ranked by many draft analysts before the draft kicked off:
Nonetheless, the Rams added two targets for Goff and found a way to get Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips a Day 2 prospect to groom in his secondary.
One more day. Another five picks. The crop of UDFAs.
And then...we cross the great offseason desert on to the 2017 NFL season.