LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Rams still need more targets for Jared Goff, an issue they will probably look to address through an upcoming draft that projects to be considerably deep at receiver and tight end.
More specifically, though, perhaps they could use some more size.
The Rams' highest-paid receiver, Tavon Austin, is listed at 5-foot-8. Their newest receiver, Robert Woods, is 6-foot. And Pharoh Cooper, a fourth-round pick from 2016 who is on track to be a primary weapon, is 5-11. The only receivers taller than even 6-1 -- Paul McRoberts and Marquez North -- seem like long shots to crack the 53-man roster.
Based on depth charts provided by Roster Resource, the Rams stand as one of only four teams whose top three receivers are 6-foot or shorter. Two of the others are NFC West rivals, the 49ers (Pierre Garcon, Jeremy Kerley and Marquise Goodwin) and the Seahawks (Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson). The third team is the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots, who have Julian Edelman, Malcolm Mitchell and the recently signed Brandin Cooks listed as their top three.
Which begs the question: How much does it really matter?
Since the start of 2001, there have been 346 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Of those, 194 were turned in by receivers who were 6-foot-1 or taller, which means that 152 were done by guys shorter than that, which is still a pretty significant number. This offseason, the Rams parted ways with a trio of 6-foot-3 pass-catchers -- Kenny Britt, Brian Quick and tight end Lance Kendricks.
Their only addition has been Woods, a precise route runner who isn't necessarily a deep threat and definitely won't provide a big target in the red zone. Granted, the Rams have a 6-6 tight end in Tyler Higbee, who, as it stands now, can expect a significant spike in targets.
But do they need more size at receiver?
"I think it never hurts to sometimes have some different types of players within the framework of what you’re trying to do," Rams coach Sean McVay said shortly after signing Woods. "But we’re looking for good football players, and I think those guys come in all shapes and sizes. It’s not necessarily that we need a big guy to do a specific thing; certainly some of those bigger players, you are able to use them in different situations. We’re looking for good football players; guys that have the ability to compete both in the run and the pass."