Heading into the offseason, the Los Angeles Rams are well aware that the wide receiver position is one of the glaring areas on the roster that needs vast improvement.
With that in mind, the Rams have already laid the groundwork for possibly addressing that concern through the 2017 NFL Draft by talking to former USC wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster at the NFL Draft combine, according to Vinny Bonsignore of the LA Daily News.
Smith-Schuster put together quite a productive collegiate career at USC finishing as one of the best receivers in school history. His 3,092 receiving yards rank him fifth all-time while his 213 catches are fourth best behind just Robert Woods, Marqise Lee, and Dwayne Jarrett.
He broke out as one of the best receivers in the country in the 2015 season, where he hauled in 89 receptions for 1,454 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. However, Smith-Schuster saw a noticeable drop in his production last year to 70 catches for 914 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns due to an array of reasons stemming from injuries, defensive schemes against him, and USC's offense that spread the ball around in the passing game.
That said, he has remained one of the top receivers in this year's class with early projections have him ranging from the second to third round in the draft. Despite Smith-Schuster's high level of production, one of his primary weaknesses is his lack of speed to create separation against coverage, which has led to more reliance on size at 6-foot-2 and 220 lbs. There is also some concern about his injury history during his three years at USC.
The fact that the Rams have spoken to him early on in the combine process shows that the team does hold some significant interest in possibly selecting him with their 37th overall pick in the second round of the draft.