The Los Angeles Rams should look to add targets for Jared Goff in the 2017 NFL Draft later this month.
When the Los Angeles Rams convene on April 10, the ‘good feelz’ of getting the band back together will be quickly replaced by a familiar nemesis, which is a lack of offensive depth. It will be as glaring on a spring day in April 2017, as it was for Rams fans every game day last season.
When going down the Rams checklist of accomplishments via free agency, credit should be given as credit is certainly due. The brain trust of Kevin Demoff, Les Snead, and McVay look to have hit the mark on essentials for the upcoming season. Just today, the Rams added center John Sullivan, a critical need on an offensive line that was debilitating for quarterbacks Case Keenum and Jared Goff.
But it doesn’t end there.
Question marks will persist with where offensive production comes from.
Hope, and the Rams have been long on hope, is that big second year tight end Tyler Higbee will play a larger role in the Rams air attack. A McVay offense in Washington featured that position, and on the face of things, Higbee could be poised to have a breakout season. If he can be the pass catcher he was at Western Kentucky, then Goff will be all the better.
Same may be said for wide receiver. Both pass catching positions need some serious tweaking in both depth and nuance.
Last season, the Rams featured Tavon Austin, who cashes a big check, but isn’t very tall. Frankly speaking, the receivers corp in Los Angeles lacks depth and height, and doesn’t provide the big target that Goff could use.
Newly acquired Robert Woods measures out at 6’-0”. Second-year man Pharoh Cooper is 5’11” while the veteran Austin ops out at 5’9”. It’s easy to say the Rams don’t sport a big tall target at WR, but Higbee does go a noticeable 6’6″ at tight end. Maybe a tandem body size at that position could yield some positive results.
A quick look around at NFL rosters will note that the Rams are one of four teams to have a group of starting receiver who are 6 foot tall or shorter.
A factor? Depends on your point of view.
The bottom line is that the Rams have an opportunity to continue the process of surrounding their would be franchise QB with needed talent. Pass catchers at tight end and receiver should be at the top of the list.
When asked, Sean McVay didn’t seem to emphasize that a particular body size was a deal breaker, noting he’s looking for “good football players”, a familiar mantra he brings from his days with former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan.
Hopefully this draft will yield a few “good football players.”
Neither the Rams or Goff will likely care how big or tall they end up being, just as long as they can catch the football.