Over the course of May, both Joe Marino and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the Los Angeles Rams.
The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:
|44||TE||Gerald Everett||South Alabama|
|69||WR||Cooper Kupp||Eastern Washington|
|91||S||John Johnson||Boston College|
|117||WR||Josh Reynolds||Texas A&M|
|125||EDGE||Samson Ebukam||Eastern Washington|
|206||TE||Sam Rogers||Virginia Tech|
Best Value: WR Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M
Reynolds has been a favorite of mine going as far back as the summer of 2016, when I first reviewed his junior film. Reynolds has sticky hands, is scrappy at the catch point and can win on multiple levels.
The development and growth of Reynolds as a player is going to center around the addition of more strength elements to his game. It is something he’s actively spoken about before, but it’s never safe to assume any level of development is going to take place until you see it on the field.
Reynolds should immediately be the Rams’ best vertical receiver and he’s got more length and catch radius than their other boundary options as well.
Worst Value: TE Gerald Everett, South Alabama
Don’t get me wrong: I like Everett as a player. But pulling the trigger on a move piece tight end, especially considering the other notable needs on the roster and the players still left on the board? This was an active effort to land new head coach Sean McVay a new model of a Jordan Reed style player.
If the vision for Everett is successful in application and Everett fulfills that role effectively, you’ll never hear of this as a reach again. I’m not certain Everett will be that kind of player, but in an offense like the Rams’ current depth chart, he should have no problem getting targets.
Could Surprise: DE Ejuan Price, Pittsburgh
Price was a player that I profiled for FanRag Sports back in February. His size profile is clearly something the league too exception to. But the film suggests there’s a role at the next level for Price. A quick, nimble penetration player, Price optimizes his athletic abilities with good angles and crisp feet releasing off of the line.
Price has the chance in Los Angeles to be a rotational rusher, allowing his short area quickness and leverage to shine.