NFL Training Camps: Los Angeles Rams Rookie Report

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 12: Tight end Gerald Everett
LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 12: Tight end Gerald Everett /

The Los Angeles Rams 2017 NFL Draft results still felt the impact from their decision to trade up to land Jared Goff.

Despite not having a 1st round pick, the Los Angeles Rams did a solid job adding talent at positions of need. Their first pick, Gerald Everett, is a pass-catching tight end who will help Jared Goff move the football.

Everett is raw as a player, but features the skills needed to be a major factor in the passing game. His combination of long arms and quickness make him a matchup nightmare. The Rams lack elite talent at wide receiver and are obviously hoping Everett can fill the void from his tight end position.

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Los Angeles didn’t neglect the wide receiver adding two intriguing options. Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds are both capable of making an immediate impact.

Kupp is a solid route runner who has a knack for finding open spots in the defense. He is seen as a strong fit in the slot, but also features enough size to work on the outside. The Rams need reliable targets to help Goff’s development.

Reynolds is more of a big-play threat who can stretch the field. He features a combination of length and quickness that helps him pick up big chunks of yardage. Reynolds is the type of receiver who also excels in contested situations.

He routinely attacks the ball at its highest point. His length and leaping ability helps him out jump many defensive backs.

The Rams added some depth in their secondary with John Johnson. He’s a versatile safety who should see action on special teams. It would be a shock if he worked his way into the starting lineup opposite Lamarcus Joyner.

Defensive tackle Tanzel Smart could also make an early impact. He’s a solid athlete who flashes the ability to penetrate the pocket. The Rams don’t have a ton of defensive line depth, especially after Dominique Easley’s injury, and could be counting on Smart to contribute.