The Los Angeles Rams did not have a selection in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, patiently waiting for their second-round selection. With the 44th selection in the draft, the Rams drafted tight end Gerald Everett from the University of South Alabama.
Everett is a large target in the passing game, with a 6’4″, 240 lbs. frame. His selection is one of the first small school selections in this year’s NFL Draft, filling a void the Rams have on offense. The Rams actually traded back to make the No. 44 selection, trading their No. 37 selection with the Buffalo Bills.
Head coach Sean McVay has attempted to revamp the offense in his short time here, adding wide receiver Robert Woods and now Everett to the passing attack. During Everett’s final season with the University of Southern Alabama, he hauled in 49 receptions for 717 yards, with four touchdowns in 12 games.
Everett broke out during his first year with the school, where he caught 41 receptions for 575 yards, with eight touchdown receptions. He also had a role with the rushing attack, securing four touchdowns in eight carries.
McVay, the youngest head coach in the NFL, came over from the Washington Redskins during the offseason, in order to take on a head coaching role. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Rams envision Everett in a similar role to what Jordan Reed did last season:
Rams think their second-round pick, South Alabama TE Gerald Everett, will be Sean McVay's Los Angeles version of Jordan Reed.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2017
He gets a chance to compete against the likes of Tyler Higbee and many lesser-known names for the starting tight end position, with strong hands in the field. If he can acclimate himself to the blocking and running scenarios, the lengthy player has a chance to shine with the Rams.