Tom Brady, pick #199. Richard Sherman, pick #154. Antonio Brown, pick #194. Brandon Marshall, pick #119. Josh Norman #143.
What do all of these great players have in common? All were drafted on day 3 of the NFL draft. Teams are made with day 3 picks and if scouted correctly, players can become superstars.
In the 2017 NFL draft, the Rams are projected to have a total of 6 picks on day 3, their regular 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th round picks along with projected 4th and 6th round compensatory picks, Here we will profile potential late round gems for each of those spots and how they would fit for the Rams.
Let’s start with our pick at approximately #101.
DAVID SHARPE OT/OG Florida
Big physical lineman that played both LT and RG at Florida. At 6’6″ and 347 he seems suited for play inside in the NFL. One big plus for him is his discipline, something the Rams line severely lacks. Sharpe has gone the last 17 games played in his career without being called for a false start.
Then we would have a pick at approximately #130. Here is my pick for biggest late round gem of the 2017 NFL draft and I project the Rams will snag him
NOAH BROWN WR Ohio State
Most draft experts (and his now former coach Urban Meyer) were shocked that the redshirt sophomore declared for the 2017 draft. Most draftniks (including yours truly) projected him as no worse than a 2nd rounder in 2018. He has ALL of the measurables the Rams are looking for. He is 6’2″, 222lbs. His issue is he has not had a ton of chances to show what he can really do. In 2016, he caught 32 balls on 41 targets, averaged 12.6 yards per reception and had 7 TD’s. This is a perfect guy to bring in behind some veteran WRs like Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon and watch him grow along with Pharoh Cooper.
We move to round 5, approximately pick #136
LORENZO JEROME FS St Francis of Pennsylvania
The Rams DESPERATELY need a true FS and this guy is the real deal. A former walk on, he became a 3 time all Northeast Conference player and one of the best defensive players in all of FCS . At 6’0″ and 190, he the true meaning of a ballhawk, with 16 INT in his 4 years there along with 193 tackles and 24 pass breakups. Perfect fit for Wade Phillips scheme.
Now looking at round 6
SAM ROGERS FB Virginia Tech
Plain and simple, if new head coach Sean McVay wants to install a West Coast offense, we need a true FB. This guy is the best FB in the draft and can catch the ball out of the backfield as well.
Lastly, round 7
CHRISTIAN TAGO ILB San Jose St
In this writers humble opinion, the experiment to move Alec Ogletree inside was not a success. The Rams need a true 4/3 MLB and this guy would be a perfect addition to compete with Bryce Hagar. 6’1″, 239 pounder notched over 400 tackles in 4 years at SJSU along with 6 sacks.
Gems can be found in the later rounds and if Les Snead, Sean McVay and the scouting department do their homework they can improve this team very quickly.