The Los Angeles Rams investment in Jared Goff needs to continue when they select in the 2017 NFL Draft later this week.
The Los Angeles Rams have to wait an extra day to make a draft pick. One year removed from being the first team to make a selection, Los Angeles will wait until Friday to call a name.
Other mock drafts, like those from ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, have the Rams taking an offensive lineman to fix a long time problem for their starting quarterbacks. Maybe it’s a guard like Dion Dawkins from Temple, or center Tyler Orlosky from West Virginia, THEN getting a receiver in the third round. Another wrinkle the team will consider when selecting, is a Los Angeles defensive backfield group that become unrestricted free agents after the 2017 season.
All the scenarios present a reasonable route Los Angeles may take when they finally make a selection with the 37th overall, and then select with the balance of their picks.
My question is, if a number one receiver didn’t emerge last season, what guarantee is there that one does this season?
Last year, the Rams drafted four players who they felt would have an impact. Of the four, tight end Tyler Higbee, receivers Pharoh Cooper, Mike Thomas, and Temarrick Hemingway all had opportunities to perform and create some separation, but none did. In their defense, the offensive scheme wasn’t impressive, and even earned some well deserved mocking from 2016 underachiever Todd Gurley.
But facts are facts: they NEED someone who can be a go-to, legitimate pass catching threat. The pick at 37 is as much about solving that one issue as it is validating the selection of a true junior, not ready for prime time quarterback with the number one overall pick in 2016.
Any mock draft that tells you otherwise is simply trying spin a logic that doesn’t help the guy who needs help the most.
Agree or not with the selection of Jared Goff, he needs “that guy.” If he didn’t emerge last season, waiting another to see “what if” is a bad draft day game plan.
Then again, we’ve seen a few of those with the Rams before.