Over the course of May, both Kyle Crabbs 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
Just throw it up to Josh Reynolds and let him do the rest. He is extremely talented in his ability to track the football in the air and adjust his body to come down with the catch. Dominant at the catch point, Reynolds addresses the football and snags 50/50 balls like an alpha. Reynolds runs good routes and is smooth in all movement skills. Although he isn’t overly quick, Reynolds does enough early in the routes during his release to gain a step, and he has good speed to separate.
More bulk and strength would improve his game, but he projects favorably as a high-end number two receiver at the next level that can succeed at all levels of the field.
Worst Value: TE Gerald Everett, South Alabama
A former basketball player, Gerald Everett only played one year of high school football and is now one of the best move tight ends available for the draft. Everett is an explosive athlete with exciting physical traits. Linebackers tasked with covering Everett have difficulty with his quickness and length, and Everett excels at running his routes with good timing and can simply out-quick second level defenders. His hands are secure and he threatens all levels of the field. He has an outstanding ability after the catch to create yards on his own. Everett does have his issues when playing in-line, as he lacks the power and size to make an impact as a blocker and can get rerouted easily by a jam.
Everett projects as a valuable move tight end that is best suited working from the slot, as a wing, or out of the backfield. He will be a difficult matchup for opposing defenses.
Could Surprise: EDGE Ejuan Price, Pittsburgh
Ejuan Price has appealing upside as a situational defensive player. He can dial-up the pass rush off the edge with burst and twitch while also working back inside on stunts to attack interior gaps. He cannot be asked to squeeze gaps and hold the edge as a run defender, but he can shoot gaps and get into the backfield. He doesn’t check prototypical boxes, but there is a use for what he offers–it’s just not on every down.
The medical history is an important factor in his evaluation. If the right scheme has a creative plan for his abilities, he can situationally help a defense.