After trade for cornerback, Rams weigh options entering scouting combine

The Rams, however, are no longer under pressure to use their first-round pick to increase depth at that critical position. Left-handed sluggers will beat the Cards Los Angeles Lakers: The Patriots, who hope to sustain success as some of their star players enter the final stages of their careers, now have two first-round picks No. Patriots 'need to add young players' 1: A day before news broke about the Peters trade, Rams coach Sean McVay said during an interview that the franchise was preparing for the combine as it did last year before his first season. Chiefs hoping to shift culture by trading Peters to Rams 1: The first night of the draft will be even more interesting with the Patriots holding two first-round picks.

Apr 03,  · Entering the final, fifth-year option of his rookie contract, Cooks was due for a massive extension this offseason or next. As the Rams should be. The trade puts a .

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Their primary needs right now are edge rusher, inside linebacker and offensive line depth. Sure, they can draft a wide receiver in Round 6 in case Cooks leaves next year, or a safety in Round 4 as an insurance policy for franchise-tagged Lamarcus Joyner, but neither of those picks would fill an immediate hole. The draft is deep at both inside and outside linebacker, which means a starting-caliber player will likely slide to the third round. Kemoko Turay is on the board when the Raiders go on the clock at No.

Just about every team in the NFL could use a pass rusher like Turay, but the teams picking between the Raiders and Rams in Round 3 are particularly starved for edge rushers. Among them are the Packers, Lions, Chiefs and Panthers. Would the Rams be willing to give up a fourth- and sixth-round pick to move up 12 spots to land someone like Turay, Josh Sweat or Ogbonnia Okoronkwo — three of the top pass-rushing options in Round 3?

Who knows, but they should be. The Rams have so much depth at nearly every position outside of linebacker and offensive line that sixth-round picks may not even make the roster. Why not give up a few to go get a player you covet? The counter-point is that the draft is deep and starting-caliber players can be had at Those selections would undoubtedly be used to add an inside linebacker or two , as well as more reinforcements at EDGE. It really boils down to quality over quantity.

After all, they eliminated needs at cornerback and wide receiver by acquiring Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and Brandin Cooks, while also plugging a hole at nose tackle with Ndamukong Suh.

The Rams hold the 23rd pick in the April draft. And though the deal for Peters will include draft picks, the Rams' first-round pick in this year's draft is not expected to be among them. A day before news broke about the Peters trade, Rams coach Sean McVay said during an interview that the franchise was preparing for the combine as it did last year before his first season. A trade with the Tennessee Titans enabled the Rams to move to the top of that year's draft and select quarterback Jared Goff.

But the Rams gave up multiple draft picks, including their No. The Rams selected tight end Gerald Everett in the second round with the 44th pick. Presumably, they will not have to wait as long this year. So McVay, general manager Les Snead and assistant coaches and scouts this week can focus part of the energies on the types of higher-profile players that were out of reach a year ago.

Goff, 23, is one of multiple key young players on offense, a unit that got a major upgrade last season through the free-agent signings of receiver Robert Woods and linemen Andrew Whitworth and John Sullivan, the drafting of Everett and receivers Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds, and the training-camp trade for receiver Sammy Watkins. Watkins and Sullivan are among 14 pending unrestricted free agents, including safety Lamarcus Joyner and cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson and Nickell Robey-Coleman.

Finding a team willing to give up two high picks for Beckham is one thing, but any interested team will also need to be ready to make Beckham the highest-paid receiver in history. It looks more likely that Beckham remains in a stalemate with the Giants for the foreseeable future. No Patriots wideout played more snaps or saw more targets than Cooks, who impressed a lot of people surrounding the team by never missing a practice and always giving maximum effort.

While he wasn't always an efficient deep threat, Cooks helped to stretch the field with a speed element the team otherwise lacked. Even if he's not a top receiver, Cooks was a quality piece to the puzzle. Brady's job just got a little harder in at a time when there's still some question about how much he's enjoying the job at all. The rest of the NFC West: Cooks makes the Rams more difficult to game plan against because he can line up inside and out.

McVay will drive opposing defenses crazy by running Cooks deep, over the middle and on the shallow crosses where he can do damage after the catch. Loading up on big-name players doesn't guarantee another NFC West title for the Rams , but they clearly have the division's most talented roster.

The Cardinals and Seahawks are retooling. The 49ers should still be a year away. The Rams , meanwhile, sure look ahead of schedule entering Year 2 of the McVay era. The Los Angeles Chargers: The Rams ' roommates in are going to have an even harder time gaining traction in their new city with the Rams soaking up so much of the oxygen.

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This option may be more of a trade-based solution for the Rams if RG3 sticks. And if he’s released outright, expect there to be some competition for her services, should the Rams even show interest. Watch video · Rams agree to trade for Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters. The Rams would then have until May 3 to pick up Peters' fifth-year option for The Rams entered the offseason with a . St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead has demonstrated a clear willingness to wheel and deal on draft day and create a splash, and it'll be no different in The No. 10 overall pick is on.