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Every NFL Team’s Biggest Draft Need

April 19, 2017 06:49AM
Every NFL Team’s Biggest Draft Need

by Andy Benoit & Emily Kaplan

With help from The College Column’s Emily Kaplan, we identify what each team needs most (aside from quarterbacks), and which prospects fit the bill

Disclaimer from Andy: There are many teams that need a quarterback, and if a team needs a quarterback that is their biggest need. But because there are so many questions about this quarterback class, and because we have already gone over it anyway, we’ll shift the conversation to “biggest non-quarterback” need.

37. Los Angeles Rams

Biggest Need: Outside Wide Receiver

Andy: New head coach Sean McVay is one of the best route-combination designers in football, but he can’t do what he did in Washington with Los Angeles’s current receiving corps. Newcomer Robert Woods is a short area inside receiver. Tavon Austin is a gadget player who lacks the necessary patience to consistently play the slot. Youngsters Pharoh Cooper, Mike Thomas and Bradley Marquez all saw scant playing time behind a bad receiving corps last season. In Washington McVay had an diverse array of receivers: DeSean Jackson, speedster; Pierre Garcon, possession guy; Jamison Crowder, slot maestro; Jordan Reed, flex tight end. These all, save for maybe the slot (which Woods can fill), are gaping holes for the Rams right now.
Emily: Amara Darboh was one of Jim Harbaugh’s favorites at Michigan. His backstory is incredible—born in Sierra Leone, orphaned by civil war, settled in Iowa—and he’s a competitor with an NFL frame (6' 2", 214 pounds). Virginia Tech’s Isaiah Ford could be an intriguing project. His speed is enticing, and he could be a deep-ball threat, but he may take a year or two to come along.

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  Every NFL Team’s Biggest Draft Need

RamBill844April 19, 2017 06:49AM

  These guys get it

RFIP320April 19, 2017 07:26AM

  Re: +1

TonyHunter87292April 19, 2017 08:28AM

  Re: These guys get it

Rams43194April 19, 2017 09:40AM

  Re: interesting they mention Ford there at 37

merlin197April 19, 2017 10:04AM

  Re: Ford at 37?

leafnose196April 20, 2017 04:15AM

  If Goff is what he's supposed to be

9er8er214April 20, 2017 04:13PM

  Biggest impact would be an OC

max203April 20, 2017 04:27PM

  I agree

9er8er203April 20, 2017 04:54PM

  Re: I agree

max178April 20, 2017 05:33PM

  Re: I agree

max157April 21, 2017 04:20AM

  Re: I agree

oldschoolramfan150April 21, 2017 06:23AM

  Re: I agree

Rams43143April 21, 2017 08:12AM

  Re: I agree

max102April 21, 2017 12:51PM

  Not to mention..

RFIP109April 22, 2017 03:40AM


max75April 22, 2017 04:24AM

  Re: I agree

9er8er80April 22, 2017 11:28AM

  Re: I agree

Rams4381April 22, 2017 11:49AM


9er8er91April 22, 2017 12:10PM

  Re: Whoa!

Rams4388April 22, 2017 12:14PM

  Nope, didn't miss it

9er8er117April 22, 2017 12:18PM

  Re: Nope, didn't miss it

Rams4365April 22, 2017 12:33PM

  No, I'm consistent

9er8er110April 22, 2017 01:29PM

  Re: No, I'm consistent

Rams43106April 22, 2017 06:01PM

  I'm saying what I said to start this thread

9er8er74April 23, 2017 08:28AM

  Re: I'm saying what I said to start this thread

Rams4372April 23, 2017 11:31AM


9er8er72April 23, 2017 02:56PM

  Re: No

Rams4383April 23, 2017 06:11PM

  I'll just quote what you said

9er8er112April 23, 2017 07:28PM

  Re: I'll just quote what you said

Rams43154April 23, 2017 07:36PM

  Re: 0 – 15%

dzrams131April 21, 2017 08:45AM

  I don't see LB as a need

RockRam200April 21, 2017 11:07AM

  I do, here's why

zn157April 21, 2017 03:04PM

  I think the difference has to do with priorities

RockRam125April 22, 2017 02:35AM

  Re: I think the difference has to do with priorities

zn108April 22, 2017 04:04AM

  Yes, but if you can't do both, which do you do?

RockRam98April 22, 2017 05:13AM

  This is simple, you protect your major investment...

max85April 22, 2017 05:37AM

  Re: This is simple, you protect your major investment...

PHDram71April 22, 2017 05:47AM

  Re: This is simple, you protect your major investment...

Rams43106April 22, 2017 05:51AM

  Re: This is simple, you protect your major investment...

max115April 22, 2017 07:55AM

  well I've already answered that

zn110April 22, 2017 07:04AM

  It's a huge need

9er8er120April 22, 2017 11:40AM

  Re: Ogletree?

dzrams99April 22, 2017 06:27PM

  Re: Ogletree?

9er8er83April 23, 2017 08:32AM

  Re: Ogletree?

TonyHunter8795April 23, 2017 03:44PM


9er8er95April 23, 2017 03:51PM

  Re: not bad

TonyHunter8777April 24, 2017 06:45AM

  I agree. Rams need a big WR, but.......

NewMexicoRam123April 23, 2017 01:23PM

  Re: I agree. Rams need a big WR, but.......

oldschoolramfan98April 23, 2017 04:34PM

  but were not trying to emulate NE

PHDram91April 24, 2017 06:59AM

  You convinced me...

JamesJM59April 24, 2017 08:29AM

  Re: You convinced me...

PHDram63April 24, 2017 09:13AM