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Today is the day for the debut of The Daily Drive, a daily look at what’s going on not only with the L.A. Rams, but also in the NFL, the media, and the sports world.

Today also happens to be the eve of the 2017 NFL Draft, which is almost as exciting as Christmas Eve. I say almost because while the Draft begins tomorrow night, the Rams will not be making their first pick until the second round, which starts on Friday.

So we will begin the debut of The Daily Drive with a look at the top five players that I would like the Rams to select with the 37th overall pick


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Corey Davis
  • Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

If the Rams want to succeed, they must surround Goff with offensive weapons.

  • John Ross, WR, Washington

If the Rams want to succeed, they must surround Goff with offensive weapons

  • Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State

If the Rams want to succeed, they must surround Goff with offensive weapons

  • Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina

If the Rams want to succeed, they must surround Goff with offensive weapons

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

If the Rams want to succeed, they must surround Goff with offensive weapons

I guess what I am trying to say is that Goff needs more offensive weapons. With a revamped offensive line, and a sturdy backfield, the Rams should now look to upgrade the wide receiver position.

Goff and the Rams lost their two biggest receiving “playmakers” from last season Kenny Britt and Brian Quick.

Currently Tavon Austin is the WR1 for the Rams, while Robert Woods (who does still have good potential) is penciled in at the WR2 position.

After that things get a little shaky.

Between Bradley Marquez, Pharoh Cooper, Nelson Spruce, and Michael Thomas, the next four up on the depth chart at WR, are 33 career catches, for 268 yards, and 0 touchdowns.

This year’s Draft is pretty loaded at the wide receiver position, and the Rams should look to pick up at least one of them.

The Rams also announced this past week who would be announcing the Rams draft picks, and there are some pretty big names on the list.

Jack Youngblood
  • 37th pick Rams HOF DE Jack Youngblood
  • 69th pick Former Rams RBSteven Jackson
  • 112th pick Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Michael Cudlitz (Abraham)
  • 141st pick US Olympian and former LA Galaxy soccer player Cobi Jones
  • 149th pick Rams HOF T Jackie Slater
  • 189th pick Watts Bears Youth Football Team
  • 206th pick Wilmington Carson Pilots Youth Football Team

OTHER NFL DRAFT NOTES

 Are the Browns really going to be able to pick up both Myles Garrett and Mitch Trubisky?

The latest rumor surrounding the Cleveland Browns is that they will try to obtain Myles Garrett and Mitch Trubisky. The Browns, who hold the first and 12th picks in the NFL Draft, are hoping that Trubisky, someone they had been considering at #1, could fall to #12, but are also looking at other options, including making a move with the Titans, who have the fifth overall pick.

How will diluted drug tests effect first round talents?

Two of the top defensive players available in the 2017 Draft both recently failed drug tests due to diluted samples. Jabrill Peppers, safety from Michigan, and Ruben Foster, linebacker from Alabama, both turned in diluted samples. It will be interesting too see how this will affect their draft stock, if at all.

The Running Backs

This year’s draft is loaded with running back talent, from first round talent to late round talent, and it will be interesting to see where each one of them lands. Leonard Fournette is most likely going to be a top 10 pick, but after that Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, and even Alvin Kamara could be off the board after the first round. As for late round talent, there are the likes of Wayne Gallman, Brian Hill, Marlon Mack, D’Onta Foreman, and Joe Mixon, who could go anywhere in the draft.

Overall the 2017 NFL Draft, like all of the others, will be full of great storylines, great picks, and big blunders.

AROUND THE WORLD OF SPORTS

Although the writing has been on the wall for quite some time now, today was finally the day.

ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, laid off around 100 employees.

Network President John Skipper sent a message to ESPN employees Wednesday morning letting them know that the company would be announcing layoffs.

“A necessary component of managing change involves constantly evaluating how we best utilize all of our resources, and that sometimes involves difficult decisions,” Skipper wrote. “Our content strategy – primarily illustrated in recent months by melding distinct, personality-driven SportsCenter TV editions and digital-only efforts with our biggest sub-brand – still needs to go further, faster … and as always, must be efficient and nimble. Dynamic change demands an increased focus on versatility and value, and as a result, we have been engaged in the challenging process of determining the talent – anchors, analysts, reporters, writers and those who handle play-by-play – necessary to meet those demands. We will implement changes in our talent lineup this week. A limited number of other positions will also be affected and a handful of new jobs will be posted to fill various needs.”

Deadspin ran a running list of people who were let go on Wednesday, a list that included some pretty big names. Jay Crawford, Ed Werder, Jayson Stark, Trent Dilfer, Brett McMurphy and Danny Kanell where some of the bigger names who were let go.

One takeaway from the recent cuts is that ESPN might be in bigger trouble than we think. They weren’t simply “trimming the fat”. ESPN let go most of their NHL writers, and some important insiders. Ethan Strauss, the Golden State Warriors insider, was let go in the middle of the NBA Playoffs.

ONE YARD SHORT

One Yard Short is a quick run through of other things going on around the sports and media world.

Los Angeles Basketball

Last night the L.A. Clippers fell to the Utah Jazz 96-92, and now find themselves in a 3-2 series deficit. Gordan Hayward scored 27 points, and Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson combined for 30 points off of the Jazz bench. Chris Paul scored 28 and JJ Redick had 26.

Los Angeles Baseball

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the sister squad to the Los Angeles Rams of St. Louis, defeated the Oakland A’s 2-1 on a walkoff single by Cole Calhoun. Angels starting pitcher JC Ramirez went seven scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and striking out seven.

Mike Trout MVP Update: Trout went 1-3 with a solo home run. His season totals now stand at 6 HRs, 15 RBIs, 4 SBs, and a .346/.419/1.123 slash.

We Not Me

Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson would like to stay in LA, amid trade rumors. Yesterday he was quoted saying “I don’t want to leave.” He also added “I’m glad to be a Ram, point blank,coming out here, it’s a privilege to play football. I’m glad I’m on the team, and I’m with the Rams.”

Not Meant to Be

Recent Rams’ signing Tre’ Jackson was released after failing a physical. Jackson spent all of last season on the IR.

The Return of Beast Mode

Marshawn Lynch, who spent last season retired, is back in the league, and will be wearing a new jersey in the fall. Lynch, who was born and raised in Oakland, was traded today to the Oakland Raiders. Seattle and Oakland will swap fifth and sixth rounders in 2018 for Lynch.

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– Mike Gallagher is the Managing Editor for cover32 Rams. He can be reached on twitter @MrMikeGallagher or through email at mikegallaghercover32@gmail.com

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