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Rams eye potential free agents


said after his first draft as a head coach. “It seemed like a lot of those guys that we had valued, we were able to get at the spot that we wanted.

“And that was kind of the goal for the weekend and we felt like we accomplish­ed that.”

But for the second year in a row, the Rams did not select an offensive lineman.

That might perplex Rams fans who last season watched running back Todd Gurley struggle to reach the line of scrimmage and quarterbac­k Jared Goff unsuccessf­ully dodge passrushin­g onslaughts.

The addition of freeagent left tackle Andrew Whitworth — a Pro Bowl selection with Cincinnati the last two seasons — new offensive-line coach Aaron Kromer’s assessment of players on the roster, and the lack of offensive-line depth in the draft caused the Rams to prioritize other needs, Snead said.

The Rams also did not draft a cornerback. After assessing a secondary that includes recent signees Kayvon Webster and Nickell Robey-Coleman during last week’s minicamp, McVay said Saturday that “we feel good where we’re at.”

The Rams, who did not have a first-round pick, traded back or forward three times during the final six rounds.

“The biggest thing you take away from this weekend is that there were no surprises,’ McVay said. “Everything that happened, we were able to kind of stick to the plan and trust that if it wasn’t maybe Priority A, there was a Priority 1-A in place.”

The Rams began the day by trading down five spots and selecting Reynolds. The 6-foot-3 wideout gives Goff a tall target and can make catches high in the air.

“I’m versatile,” Reynolds said in teleconfer­ence with reporters. “My height was just a bonus, and really having long arms, just being long.”

Ebukam was excited about joining a defense that will operate from coordinato­r Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme. He also is enthused about playing on the same pro team with Kupp, a teammate at Eastern Washington.

“When he got picked by them I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s the perfect team,’” Ebukam said. “Then I thought to myself, ‘What are the chances I get picked by the same team?’ And it just happened and I was like, ‘Whoa, Eagles really do stick together.’ That’s awesome.”

Smart joins a defensivel­ine position group that includes three-time Pro Bowl tackle Aaron Donald and two-time Pro Bowl edge rusher Robert Quinn.

“I really want to learn a lot from Aaron Donald,” Smart said. “I’m just glad I’m in that situation to play and learn from those guys.”

Rogers grew up about two hours from Washington, so he is familiar with the productive offense McVay oversaw as coordinato­r for the Redskins.

“They use versatile guys, guys that can do a lot of different things,” Rogers said, “and I feel like I fit that mold pretty well.’

Price played defensive end at Pittsburgh, where he was teammates with Donald.

Price overcame chest and back injuries that sidelined him for more than two seasons. He finished his career with 29½ sacks, tying him with Donald for fourth on the school’s all-time list.

“I think naturally I’m a 3-4 outside linebacker, so I couldn’t have asked for a better fit,” Price said, adding, “I think I’ll fit right in with what I do. My specialty is penetratio­n and pass rush so I think I can definitely be useful.”

The Rams began to contact potential free agents immediatel­y after the draft and will continue through Sunday. They will hold a rookie camp starting May 12.

Snead, overseeing his sixth draft, credited McVay for bringing enthusiasm to the evaluation process, especially in the last four weeks leading up the draft.

“That’s where chemistry is built,” Snead said. “That’s where you get to know someone. That’s where you get to really, really bond a lot better than badminton at the company picnic.”


UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams and USC running back Justin Davis were among 11 undrafted players who signed freeagent contracts with the Rams. Others: Arkansas defensive back Jared Collins, Colorado linebacker Kevin Davis, Washington offensive lineman Jake Eldrenkamp, New Mexico State offensive lineman Anthony McMeans, Oregon tight end Johnny Mundt, Dartmouth linebacker Folarin Orimolade, Missouri defensive back Aarion Penton, Ohio defensive tackle Casey Sayles and North Carolina defensive back Dravious Wright. gary.klein@latimes.com

 ?? Billy Hurst Associated Press ?? LES SNEAD, the Rams’ general manager, says coach Sean McVay brought enthusiasm to the draft process.
Billy Hurst Associated Press LES SNEAD, the Rams’ general manager, says coach Sean McVay brought enthusiasm to the draft process.

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