April 30, 2017
The Rams added 4 offensive players and 4 defensive players over the weekend in the NFL draft, focusing much of their needs at wide receiver and adding more offensive weapons.
LA started by taking South Alabama tight end Gerald Everett, receiver Cooper Kupp from Eastern Washington, and safety John Johnson in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.
In the 4th round, the Rams selected Texas A&M receiver Josh Reynolds and Eastern Washington linebacker Sampson Ebukam.
In the 6th round, it was Tulane defensive lineman Tanzel Smart and Virginia Tech running back Sam Rogers. Finally in the 7th round they selected Pittsburgh linebacker Ejuan Price.
“We feel like we were able to address a lot of those needs, but we also didn’t overreach for any,” Head coach Sean McVay said. “It seemed like a lot of those guys that we had valued, we were able to get at the spot that we wanted.
The Rams also began signing undrafted players shortly after their 8 selections. UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams and USC running back Justin Davis were among 11 undrafted players who agreed to terms for free-agent contracts with the Rams.
General Manager Les Snead like what McVay brought to the table in his first draft as head coach. “That’s where chemistry is built,” Snead said. “That’s where you get to know someone. That’s where you get to really, really bond a lot better than badminton at the company picnic.”
Ironically though, the Rams did not select an offensive lineman in this years draft, a position they struggled with quite a bit last year. It was the 2nd year in a row they did not draft anyone on the offensive line.
The Rams will hold a rookie camp starting May 11.