Rams’ 2017 draft adds depth at receiver and along defensive front – Orange County Register

The NFL draft is over, and the Rams have added eight players that first-year Coach Sean McVay can use in an attempt to improve upon last year’s 4-12 record and the team’s dreadful offense.

The Rams selected one fullback (Sam Rogers), two receivers (Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds), one tight end (Gerald Everett), one defensive lineman (Tanzel Smart), two linebackers (Samson Ebukam and Ejuan Price) and one safety (John Johnson).

Here’s a position-by-position look at how the draft likely will change things for the Rams.


Sixth-round pick Rogers (5-foot-10, 231 pounds) is a fullback who also can be a significant special-team contributor and a receiving threat. In four years at Virginia Tech, Rogers caught 72 passes for 802 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Rams will try desperately to get Todd Gurley going, after their run game was disastrous in 2016, and in Lance Dunbar, the Rams added a versatile back through free agency. Malcolm Brown also returns as a 5-foot-11, 224 bowling ball who ran well in a limited role last season.


The Rams made two interesting additions in Kupp (Eastern Washington) and Reynolds (Texas A&M), and both have the potential to play early.

Kupp, a third-round pick, projects as slot receiver, but if he can also thrive on the outside, it would help the Rams tremendously. Reynolds, a fourth-round pick, is a potential deep threat, but it remains to be seen whether he has the strength and consistency to be an every-down receiver.

The role of newly added receiver Robert Woods, a steady possession guy, figures to be unchanged, but it will be interesting to see how Austin, a talented speedsters who has underachieved, will be impacted by the arrival of Reynolds.

With receivers such as Pharoh Cooper, Nelson Spruce, Bradley Marquez and Mike Thomas also in the fold, there figures to be plenty of training-camp competition.


McVay loves his tight ends, and he added a potential big-play guy in the second round when the Rams…

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