USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster could be one option the Los Angeles Rams consider if he falls to the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Los Angeles Rams are at a disadvantage compared to most teams since they gave up their first-round pick (No. 5 overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft to the Tennessee Titans as part of last year’s deal to land Jared Goff. Thanks to the trade, the Rams won’t select a player in this year’s draft until the second round (No. 37), and depending on what happens leading up to the pick, the one name to keep an eye on is wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster out of USC.
This year’s draft class is loaded with plenty of talented wide receivers such as Mike Williams and John Ross, but Smith-Schuster is one of those players that could easily go early in the second round. While there’s always the chance the USC star could end up being selected late in the first round when considering how many teams are in desperate need of help at the wide receiver position, it’s safe to say the Rams will at least consider Smith-Schuster if available at No. 37.
It’s no secret Los Angeles entered the offseason looking to improve their weak receiving corps from a year ago, especially Kenny Britt joining the Cleveland Browns in free agency. Even if Robert Woods has the potential to be a steal from this year’s free agency class, the Rams are still expected to strongly consider addressing their need for the position in the upcoming draft.
As far as Smith-Schuster is concerned, there’s a reason why Los Angeles was willing to meet with the wideout who caught 20 touchdowns during his final two seasons with the Trojans earlier in the month at the combine. And if that wasn’t already a good enough reason for Rams fans to be excited about the team’s potential interest, here’s a quote they are certainly going to enjoy from Smith-Schuster’s USC Pro Day.
Of course, these comments could easily be directed towards the Los Angeles Chargers, but at least it was nice to see Smith-Schuster add the positive comment about Woods joining the team. On the other hand, the good news for the Rams is the Chargers are highly unlikely to use the seventh overall pick on Smith-Schuster, and won’t select again until after their city rivals in the second round at No. 38.
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Only time will tell when it comes to what the future in the NFL holds for Smith-Schuster, but after hearing his thoughts about sticking around Los Angeles, joining the Rams almost seems like a match made in heaven.