According to one report, the Los Angeles Rams were hoping to see tight end Evan Engram fall into the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft at No. 37.
In a few hours from now, the Los Angeles Rams will finally reveal their plans for the 37th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft after staying quiet on opening night thanks to last year’s trade to land Jared Goff. As part of the deal to bring the former California star on board, the Rams surrendered their first-round pick in this year’s draft to the Tennessee Titans, who used the No. 5 pick on Thursday to draft Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis.
As of now, all signs point to Los Angeles focusing on wide receiver and the offensive line with their first pick in the second round, but it looks like the team had their eyes set on Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram. Unfortunately for the Rams, Engram was off the board before the first round came to an end after the New York Giants selected him at No. 23.
On a positive note, at least Los Angeles was smart enough not to attempt a trade to move up into the first round since they were already in a tough spot this year since Tennessee had the rights to their No. 5 pick. Bringing on a weapon like Engram, who caught 65 passes for 926 yards with eight touchdowns as a senior, could have worked wonders for Goff in the passing game, but at least the Rams will still have an opportunity to bring on some other key playmakers in the second round.
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From JuJu Smith-Schuster out of USC to East Carolina’s Zay Jones, Los Angeles could find themselves in position to make up for missing out on Engram if they’re looking to improve their passing game early on in the draft. Luckily, Rams fans only have to wait a few more hours to finally see what the team plans on doing with their first pick in this year’s draft.