Ahhh, the 2018 NFL Draft is finally here, which means the regular season is not too far away. For the most part, NFL fans are excited about who their team will select in the draft. But for fans of the Los Angeles Rams, they should still be excited for what their team has done with this years draft picks.
The Rams spent their first-round pick (23rdoverall) and a sixth-round pick to acquire Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick from the New England Patriots. It was such a good trade for the Rams, head coach Sean McVay wanted to throw a pool party.
“If you told me we would get a player like that at 23, I’d be throwing a pool party. And I don’t even have a pool,” McVay said at the pre-draft press conference on Tuesday.
Cooks is only 24-years old and has four years of NFL experience under his belt. He has three consecutive seasons of 1,000 receiving yards and at least seven touchdowns. Calvin Ridley, the widely assumed number one receiver in this year’s draft, is 23-years old and not expected to be available at 23rd overall. It only gets better for the Rams, though.
With a fourth-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick, the Rams acquired an All-Pro cornerback in Marcus Peters and a sixth-round pick from the Kansas City Chiefs. Peters, 25, has already been named to one All-Pro teams, two Pro Bowls and was selected as the 2015 Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year.
To join Peters in the secondary, the Rams traded for cornerback Aqib Talib for only a fifth-round pick. Talib, 32, is on the older side of his career, but showed he could still be an elite player after being named to the Pro Bowl last season. He and Peters have a good chance at being better than whoever is selected with the picks they were traded for.
For the 23rd overall pick, a fourth-round pick and a fifth-round pick, the Rams received one of the leagues best deep threats and one of the best cornerback tandems on paper. Overall, it seems like a draft class worth of at least an A- grade.
The Rams currently have eight picks still in the draft (one in the third-round, three in the fourth-round, and four in the sixth-round). If they are able to draft players who can come in and provide substantial play for the team, this may be general manager Les Snead most impressive offseason since he took over the position in 2012.