It’s officially NFL Draft season for the Los Angeles Rams. Between now and April, Les Snead and co. will have their fair share of meeting with several potential draft prospects. According to The Draft Network’s Justin Melo, the Rams met with Iowa wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette.
#Iowa WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette will bring exciting vertical skills to the next level, while also serving as an electric KR/PR. He'll be a good pro
— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) March 9, 2021
Smith-Marsette fits exactly what the Rams are looking for at wide receiver. According to The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue, if the Rams were to address the position in the draft, “I do see them lean toward a gadget guy who can get vertical quickly, and possibly double on kick and punt return duties.”
The Iowa wide receiver can do just that and almost everything in between. The Draft Network describes Smith-Marsette as someone who:
“Brings ample speed, return skills, and vertical receiving to the game … The Hawkeyes did manufacture some touches for Smith-Marsette courtesy of tunnel screens, double reverses, jet motions and touch passes. He was highly productive on a per-touch basis and … should find success in a vertical passing offense at the next level.”
With that said, Smith-Marsette fits the mold of what the Rams are looking for at wide receiver. McVay isn’t necessarily looking for someone who will be the Rams’ third wide receiver. The need is mostly for a fourth wide receiver that can flourish in a specific role.
In this case, that role would be getting deep and making plays down the field while also adding some explosiveness and speed to the offense.
If the Rams were to take Smith-Marsette, it wouldn’t be until later in the draft. He’s currently projected to be a late day-two or day three selection. The Rams would be looking to take Smith-Marsette anywhere from their picks at 101 and 103 in the third round to potentially even their pick at 210 in the sixth. It all depends on how the Rams value him and how the draft shakes out.