If the Los Angeles Rams were thinking that the NFL Combine would make their choices any easier, then they left the Combine with more questions than answers. With all of the offensive talent coming out in the NFL Draft, it was defense that ruled the day in Indianapolis. Now the Rams will have to turn to Pro Days to try and narrow down their big board ahead of the NFL Draft.
As it currently stands, the Rams need a quarterback, primary receiver, and possibly a new secondary. When you have that many positions of need and only one draft to address them all, things can get a little bit dicey when trying to decide who to draft first. It looks like Trumaine Johnson will sign his franchise tag offer and that would give the Rams the chance to be more aggressive in their other negotiations.
As for the Draft, the Rams have been linked to Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz, and Ohio St. cornerback Eli Apple. Some experts believe the Rams may target a receiver and get a QB through free agency, but the lack of high-value receivers in this year's Draft may force GMs to reconsider when they take a chance on a receiver. In other words, defensive players seemed poised to have a bigger first round than their offensive counterparts.
Wentz and Lynch had fairly solid Combine showings, but neither guy really jumped to the front of the pack. Apple had, maybe, the catch of the Combine, a one-handed grab while tracking back. Of course, Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller had a tremendous Combine showing and it will be interesting to see how teams react to his measurables when combined with his ability on the field. Fuller certainly has the feel of a guy a team might love enough to Draft a little higher than he ought to go.
Whater the Rams decide, a significant amount of thought will have gone into this pick by the time they make it.