The Los Angeles Rams continue to fill in some major holes during free agency. There is still plenty of work to be done, so here is a look position-by-position of what the Rams needs are heading into the 2017 NFL Draft:
It’s time we stop fantasizing about bringing in a veteran to compete with Jared Goff. General manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay have made it clear that Goff is the starter. Sean Mannion is a potentially solid backup, so the only addition I can see at quarterback is bringing more camp bodies to compete with the recently signed Aaron Murray.
Todd Gurley will be the starter, and Lance Dunbar should have a much larger role than he had in Dallas. This leaves the Rams with Malcolm Brown, Brandon Wegher and Zach Laskey, all of whom are young with limited in-game experience. Expect the Rams to pursue another running back through the draft or in undrafted free agents. The Rams won’t likely pursue fullbacks with Cory Harkey returning, but they may bring in a few camp bodies.
The Rams signed Robert Woods, but they also lost the services of Kenny Britt and Brian Quick. The receiving corps is essentially made up of plenty of raw and young talent. It would be nice to bring in a reliable veteran, but cap space remains an issue. The Rams must take a receiver with the 37th pick overall and maybe even consider selecting a few more receivers later on in the Draft.
Teams can never have too many big bodies for camp. Offensive guard is set with plenty of competition. Another offensive tackle for depth purposes is necessary. They even signed John Sullivan to replace Tim Barnes at center. Still, the team needs a long-term solution at center. Sullivan isn’t it, and Demetrius Rhaney probably isn’t as well. It may benefit the Rams to look for that future starter in middle rounds of the draft.
Cutting Lance Kendricks saved some cash and gives youngster Tyler Higbee more of an opportunity. That said, McVay loves to utilize tight ends, so adding one more wouldn’t be too much of surprise. It’s not a top concern, but don’t be surprised if Snead pulls the trigger and selects a tight end that may fall to the Rams during the draft. Otherwise, McVay will have to make due with Temarrick Hemingway and Bryce Williams as backups.
The signing of Tyrunn Walker solidified the depth needed here. It wouldn’t hurt to look for a defensive line for depth, but that can be addressed in later rounds of the draft or in an undrafted free agent.
Signing Connor Barwin was huge, but more depth couldn’t hurt. It’s unlikely that the Rams have the funds to nab another veteran linebacker, but expect to see them pursue some linebackers in the draft. Sensing a theme here? The Rams have a lot of holes.
The Rams have been busy at cornerback this offseason, but it’s still not known if they will trade Trumaine Johnson or not. E.J. Gaines and Kayvon Webster are still questionable potential starters. The more talent available, the better off the defense will be. I’d like to see them use one of their Day 2 picks on a cornerback, but that may not be an option.
The Rams may need stick with Maurice Alexander as the starting strong safety. But the Rams have had a history of finding talented undrafted free agents at the position.
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