This past Friday, the NFL awarded teams with their compensatory draft selections for the 2017 draft, including your L.A. Rams. Just as the name implies, a compensatory pick is provided to teams who have seen key contributors depart to free agency the previous season and “compensates” them for their losses.
For the Los Angeles Rams, heading into this offseason, the draft and lack of selections that came along with it, was a primary cause for concern. The trade with Tennessee that allowed the Rams to move up 14 spots in the 2016 draft landed them Jared Goff, but also depleted their draft picks for this coming draft (1st and 3rd round selections). For a team that would certainly benefit from the luxury of having a 1st round pick, they would have to make the most of their opportunities in the following rounds with limited selections.
However, after this Friday, Rams fans may have seen the misfortunes of this draft take a turn for the better. The NFL awarded the Rams two compensatory selections, one in the 3rd round and one in the 4th round. The Rams were compensated for the losses of both Janoris Jenkins to New York (3rd) and Rodney McLeod to Philadelphia (4th) from the past off season. The 3rd round compensatory pick (100th selection overall) is immediately sent to Tennessee to uphold the trade agreement and the Rams will regain their original 3rd round selection (69th overall). The 4th round compensatory pick provides them with two picks in that round. Additionally, the Rams receive another 7th round pick from Baltimore for the Chris Givens trade in 2015, which also gives them two picks in that round.
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To conclude this simply, the Los Angeles Rams will now have eight draft selections, certainly putting them in a much better position to assemble a quality draft class under a new regime led by Coach McVay in his first draft as Head Coach. They will have picks in each round, with exception of the 1st, to find players to bolster positions of need.
I will avoid naming specific players in this post, but it has been well documented that areas of need include the offensive line, receiver core and defensive backfield. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah recently tweeted that this draft is deep and has sufficient depth; enough depth that teams can find great value in the 2nd and 3rd round and have the potential to develop into future pro bowlers.
In a pivotal area of the offseason where the Rams may have once felt without ample ammunition, fans can certainly breathe a sigh of relief as they have been provided extra support to build upon a young, talented team as they head into the 2017 season.