The Los Angeles Rams certainly understood their situation heading into the 2017 season, with head coach Sean McVay ready to revamp an offense that desperately needs help. With an already established top 10 defense and the hire of veteran coach Wade Phillips, the Rams needed to pick their spots wisely during the ensuing rounds.
The offseason proved minimal improvements, such as the addition of wide receiver Robert Woods. However, the 2017 NFL Draft provided ample opportunities to improve both units. The Rams failed to secure a pick during the first round of the NFL Draft, meaning they would have to wait until Day 2 to make some noise.
They started off their 2017 selections with tight end Gerald Everett, a large target for quarterback Jared Goff. With a relatively thin depth chart at the tight end position, Everett has a chance to break out and secure the starting spot.
Up next for the Rams was the fifth pick of the third round, the 69th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. With that selection, the Rams drafted highly talented wide receiver Cooper Kupp.
During his final season at Eastern Washington, he started in 12 of the 13 games. Kupp hauled in 117 receptions for 1700 receiving yards, with 17 touchdowns on the season. He averaged 14.5 yards per reception, with about 130.8 yards per game.
He spent three seasons at Eastern Washington University, with 335 career receptions for 4,773 yards and 52 touchdowns.
Up next for the Rams was 27th pick of the third round, acquired from the Buffalo Bills through the Kansas City Chiefs. With the 91st overall pick of the NFL Draft, the Rams selected John Johnson. The safety spent all four of his collegiate seasons at Boston College University, spending his first two seasons at cornerback and his last two seasons as a defensive back.
Johnson appeared in 13 games his senior season, with 77 total tackles (56 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack three interceptions, nine passes defended and two fumble recoveries. During his four-year tenure, he had a total of 167 tackles (122 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, six interceptions and 14 passes defended.
The Rams were able to address the wide receiver and defensive back positions during Day 2 of the NFL Draft, but would have more opportunities with their five picks during the concluding day of the draft.