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Building a Plan for the Los Angeles Rams for the Upcoming NFL Draft

April 20, 2017

The Los Angeles Rams are what I like to call an “unfinished work in progress”. It’s like someone wrapping up a Christmas present but during the middle of the process of wrapping, they decided to stop, leave it there, and hope someone comes along to finish the job. There are many questions on where this franchise is headed and what their level of progression is.  They landed a first-overall pick last year and drafted their supposed ‘quarterback of the future’ in Jared Goff. Although Goff hasn't played a full 16-game season, in the few games he did play in, he did not show the world that he has the potential and ability to rise above and make people believe he was worthy of being taken first-overall in the draft.

 

 

 

With that being said, the Rams must address some serious issues with their roster and play-calling decisions.  Their offense was quite interesting to watch as they put up a whopping 262.7 total yards per game (last in the NFL). Not to mention the 78.3 rushing yards (31st) and 184.4 passing yards (31st).Yup. The offense sucks. The first step to making some key changes with their depth chart is through the draft. With a total of seven picks in draft, the Rams will heavily rely on their scouting department to find talent in the later rounds as they have no first round pick, but two fourth round picks and two sixth round picks.

 

Number 1 Team Need: Offensive Line

 

Their O-Line is as weak and unstable as your little cousins’ fort he made out of pillows. They added veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth and center John Sullivan this offseason, but they have the slug-footed left tackle Greg Robinson, who has been nothing short of a disappointment. I see a move to the inside at guard to test things out. It’s clear that the Rams need to find an immediate starter in this draft as they must protect their two prized possessions behind the offensive-line, Goff and Todd Gurley.

 

 

 

Number 2 Team Need: Wide Receiver

 

As of right now their number one wide receiver on the depth chart is Robert Woods.  Yeah, not bad, but not great either. The number two is Tavon Austin, who can thank his agent for finessing the Rams with that outrageous contract and is the third highest paid receiver in the NFL with a $14.9 million cap hit. They lost Kenny Britt and Brian Quick, two big body players that a QB would love throw it up to.  They need players that can go up and get it, physical specimen that can create nightmares for defensive coordinators. Look for the Rams to address this need in round 2 with possible suitors such as hometown Los Angelees/USC native JuJu Smith-Schuster or Chris Godwin out of Penn State. A possible trade to move up in the first round to take Mike Williams or Corey Davis isn’t out of the question.

 

 

 

Number 3 Team Need: Secondary DB

 

Their depth at cornerback is thin and haven't drafted a defensive back in the last two years. From a long-term perspective they’re in some trouble. No.1 DB Trumaine Johnson has been franchise-tagged for the second consecutive year while safeties Lamarcus Joyner and Maurice Alexander are at the end of their contracts. All three of them could be looking to cash in next offseason. They made a mistake by letting go Janoris Jenkins walk last year and T.J McDonald this year. With a loaded draft class full of defensive backs, they’ll need to target at least two players to fulfill their depth chart needs. They will be out of reach to grab a top notch corner in this draft due to the amount of draft picks they have, so scouts must dig in the trenches to find a diamond out of the bunch.

 

Number 4 Team Need: Tight End

 

Their No.1 tight end is Tyler Higbee...Who?  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

But, after completing his first professional season with a 11/85/1 statline the production needs to improve but new head coach, Sean McVay is eager to utilize the 6’4” physical specimen and should see a spike in targets. Look for the Rams to add some depth at the position as the new offense ran by McVay will use tight ends in different play schemes.

 

 

 

Number 5 Team Need: Loyalty and Trust

 

What the Rams need to find out is how loyal their Los Angeles based fans are. Since their honeymoon stage is over and everyone has settled in and realized that there’s an NFL team in LA (now two), they must see how the community will stick with them through what could potentially be a long process struggling. According to a survey led by Loyola Marymount University, they asked 2,400 people living in the L.A. District to recognize their most loved nearby professional sports team;  71% said either the Dodgers or Lakers, as indicated by numbers distributed in a current Los Angeles Times article. The Clippers got seven percent, while the Angels and Kings earned six percent. The Rams got five percent, alongside the Galaxy. Now that the Chargers have joined them and will share the Home Depot Center in Carson, the Rams might be in a battle to win over the hearts of Los Angeles football fans. The USC Trojans is looked upon as LA’s football team so the Rams need to create a winning atmosphere as the rich history of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers have paved the way and are the clear example of what the city of LA will expect.

 

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