The Los Angeles Rams have five choices in Saturday’s final four rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft, one day after selecting a tight end, receiver and defensive back with their first three picks.
The Rams have their own choice in the fourth round, the 112th overall selection, and received a compensatory selection in the round, the 141st overall selection, based on a formula regarding loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year.
The Rams traded their fifth-round choice to Buffalo on Friday, along with their second-round pick, the 37th overall selection, in exchange for the Bills’ second-round choice, the 44th overall selection, and a third-round pick that originally belonged to the Kansas City Chiefs, the 91st overall selection.
The Rams have their own sixth-round draft choice, the 189th overall selection. They obtained an additional choice in the round, the 206th overall selection, because of the March 9 trade of defensive end William Hayes to the Miami Dolphins. The Rams sent their seventh-round choice to the Dolphins, the 223rd overall selection, as part of the trade.
The Rams acquired the 16th choice in the seventh round in a 2015 trade which sent receiver Chris Givens to the Baltimore Ravens. Givens caught 19 passes in 12 games with the Ravens in 2015, was released in the offseason and has not played since in the NFL.
The Rams choices will be announced from their draft party at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.
To announce their first pick of the fourth round, a recorded message from Robert Kirkman, the creator of “The Walking Dead,” the star of the AMC horror series, Michael Cudlitz, and former Rams quarterback Vince Ferragamo will be played before Ferragamo announces the choice.
The second fourth-round draft choice will be announced by National Soccer Hall of Fame member Cobi Jones.
Other choices will be announced by Pro Football Hall of Fame member Jackie Slater and members of the Watts Bears and Wilmington/Carson Pilots youth football teams.
After not having a choice in Thursday’s first round because of the 2016 trade with the Tennessee Titans that brought them the first pick in last year’s draft, the Rams had been set to make their first choice with the 37th overall selection, but traded it to Buffalo.
“Usually there are a lot of teams that want to move up and we felt like that was going to occur and throughout the day it did,” general manager Les Snead said.
When it was finally time for the Rams to make a choice, they selected tight end Gerald Everett with the 44th overall pick, the first South Alabama player ever chosen. The school’s football program began play in 2009.
Everett made a team-high equaling 49 catches in 2016 and led the Jaguars with 41 receptions in 2015. He was a first-team all-Sun Belt Conference both seasons.
“I think I bring the complete package of a tight end,” the 6-feet-3- inch, 239-pound Everett told reporters on a conference call. “Definitely a vertical threat first, but also being a willing blocker in the run game, just being able to create that mismatch at any point of time in the game.”
Everett played football for just one season at Columbia High School in Decatur, Georgia, concentrating on basketball instead. He spent one season at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, then transferred to UAB, which suspended its football program following Everett’s lone season with the Blazers.
The Rams chose Eastern Washington receiver Cooper Kupp with their first pick of the third round, the 69th overall selection, and Boston College defensive back John Johnson with their second, the 91st overall selection.
The 6-feet-2-inch Kupp holds the Football Championship Subdivision career records for receptions (428), receiving yards (6,464), and receiving touchdowns (73). His father Craig played quarterback for the Phoenix Cardinals for one game in 1991 and his grandfather Jake played guard for four teams from 1964-75 and is a member of the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame.
The 6-feet, 208-pound Johnson was second on Boston College in 2016 with 77 tackles and started all 13 games for a defense that finished in the top 10 in eight categories, including yards allowed.
“These are high-character guys that will get us better overall as a football team,” coach Sean McVay said.
—City News Service
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