There is little doubt that the Los Angeles Rams needed help at wide receiver. Post draft, the question remains as to who may emerge as LA’s top threat to catch the deep ball.
You can’t ignore the plan the Los Angeles Rams used at the 2017 NFL Draft. It was simple to understand if you watched this team play last season. Even if you watched only one of their 16 games, the lack of offensive production, imagination, success or lack of, served as the blueprint to what LA did over their draft weekend.
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Now, the Rams have options. But they also have question marks, and more than a few.
What about Mike Thomas? Can he find himself on anything other than a Rams blooper reel?
Can the new kids on the block like Cooper Kupp or Josh Reynolds emerge as a legitimate down the field, number one receiver AND threat?
Sean McVay doesn’t just hope so, he knows they need it.
One advantage a receiver like Reynolds has is his size. Compared to Austin, he’s huge.
At 6’-3” and 194 lbs, the A&M rookie brings some added dimension to the table. Austin may be fast, but unless he gets significant separation from a defender, his ability to be a guy who can go up and “get one” just isn’t there.
Of note, is his time at the combine, where he ran a 4.52, 40 yard dash.
As for production, the Aggie made catches of 35 yards or more in nine of 13 A&M games, including a 92 yard grab against the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Can he be that game changer Los Angeles has been desperately looking for?
How many of us heard that the aforementioned Thomas, also a late round draft pick, might be that guy to move the needle for the Rams?
Hyperbole knows no bounds in springtime.
I think Austin, who the team would love to see as a bigger in game threat, has already been defined, and that likely isn’t changing. But for a guy like Reynolds, he might finally be the receiver the Rams have needed for way too long now.
At the very least, he’s an option. And when you’re on a team playing a position with lots of question marks, that an advantage worth capitalizing on.