The Los Angeles Rams opened shop in Los Angeles earlier this week. With a St. Louis move behind them, the Rams can concentrate on the NFL Draft.
The Rams first priority will be finding a franchise quarterback. However, they do not necessarily need to reach at No. 15. Regardless who or where they draft a quarterback, the Rams need an elite-caliber receiver.
Los Angeles possesses four picks in the first three rounds. They got no excuse for not drafting a receiver with one of those picks.
Laquan Treadwell makes the most sense at No. 15. He is a big-bodied receiver who played very well in his final season with Ole Miss. Everyone talks about his lack of deep speed, but they should talk about his hands and separation. If Jarvis Landry became productive after similar speed questions, then expect the same for Treadwell.
Josh Doctson is probably the next best fit for the Rams. He may be a reach at fifteen, but he becomes a steal in the second round. He too brings a combination of size and speed.
Otherwise, Will Fuller and Corey Coleman are among the other round-one-grade receivers. Both are fast and explosive, however, the Rams should opt for players with a bigger frame. The Rams already have explosive receivers in Brian Quick and Tayvon Austin. They need a sure-handed route runner.
Both Ohio St. products Michael Thomas and Braxton Miller are fringe first or second round picks at receiver. Both bring combination of size and speed. Thomas is a little bit more polished, but Miller might bring more potential.
In the second or the third round, the Rams should explore Kenny Lawler and Rashard Higgins are some names to watch. They have some speed concerns, but they bring good value in the middle rounds.
Jordan Payton would also bring solid potential in the middle rounds. He has a big frame and ran faster than the other receivers at his size.
Ultimately, any of these players could contribute for the Rams right away. Whether it is the first, second or third round, the Rams must add a starting receiver in the NFL Draft.