The Los Angeles Rams will make their first choice in the 2017 NFL draft Friday with the player they most desire still available, general manager Les Snead said.
The Rams didn’t have 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. They are set to select fifth in the second round, the 37th overall selection.
The Rams will select the best available player, Snead said.
“Scenario one,’ that’ll be our favorite player,” Snead said. “If he’s there, you take him. Let’s just say that player gets taken at (No.) 33, then we got to move to ‘Scenario two, three, four, and five.’ I do think trading up and trading back also becomes a scenario.”
Said first-year coach Sean McVay: “Once we get to (No.) 37, we’re going to get a great football player that we feel good about.î
The Rams did not consider trading for a first-round choice, Snead said.
We knew this was the year probably not to give up picks to go get a player late,” Snead said. “We had done a lot of work on who we felt would fall to (the second round) and we were very comfortable with those players.”
Each of the second-round choices will be announced at the draft headquarters in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art by a former star player from that team. The Rams pick will be announced by Hall of Fame defensive end Jack Youngblood, who played for the team from 1971-84.
The Rams also have the fifth choice in Friday’s third round. Each of the round’s choices will be announced by a recipient of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award or a team winner. The award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field.
The Rams choice will be announced by former running back Steven Jackson, the team winner in 2012 when it was based in St. Louis.
The three-day draft will conclude Saturday with the final four rounds.
—City News Service
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