With the 2017 NFL Draft just a few months away, the Los Angeles Rams were awarded with a pair of compensatory picks that include the 100th overall selection in the third round and 141st overall selection in the fourth round.
Under the compensatory draft system's net loss, the Rams earned the two picks due to the loss of cornerback Janoris Jenkins, safety Rodney McLeod, and defensive tackle Nick Fairley in free agency last March. Only five other teams in the league received more additional selections than Los Angeles being the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, and Miami Dolphins.
Along with that, the Rams are sending their third-round compensatory pick to the Tennessee Titans and reacquiring their original third round selection that was a part of the trade that landed them the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft. This blockbuster transaction saw Los Angeles give Tennessee their first-round pick, two second-round selections along with a third-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and the first and third-round picks from this year.
The Rams landed three picks in that deal which they used the top selection to draft Cal quarterback Jared Goff, traded the 113th overall pick and used the 177th overall selection on South Carolina State tight end Temarrick Hemingway.
Los Angeles now possesses eight total picks for this year's draft includes a selection in every round but the first, and at least two in both the fourth and seventh rounds. The full list consists of a second round (37th overall), one third round (69th), two fourth rounds (112th and 141st), one fifth round (149th), one sixth round (191st) and lastly a pair in the seventh rounds (225th and 236th).
Despite having a plethora of draft picks, the Rams' approach to the draft could be quite different than to year's past without a first rounder and a new head coach in Sean McVay in place. Much of what they do could be dictated by what transpires in free agency. The team has several key players that will be in the open market that includes a few starters in wide receiver Kenny Britt, cornerback Trumaine Johnson, and safety T.J. McDonald.
Each of these players are expected to garner some level of interest across the league that may drive up their asking price. Los Angeles has just over $40 million in salary cap space at their disposal this offseason. Things could also spice up during the draft as this is the first time in league history that teams will have the opportunity to trade their compensatory picks.