Todd McShay pegs Pharoh Cooper as Rams' best draft pick

LOS ANGELES -- Among the many post-draft exercises that NFL draft pundits partake in is sorting through the picks for every team and picking one that they like the best.

It's maybe not as popular as the immediate grades that come out, but always worth a read in its own right. With that noted, ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay posted his best pick for every team on ESPN Insider.

The Los Angeles Rams had one of the smallest draft classes in the league after dealing away their second- and third-round picks to the Tennessee Titans in order to move from No. 15 to No. 1. So McShay only has six players to pick from. And partially because it would be boring to take No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff, McShay went with South Carolina wide receiver Pharoh Cooper.

McShay pointed to Cooper's intangibles and versatility as reasons he likes the selection for the Rams. I tend to agree with McShay here with the added thought that I like the idea of adding Cooper to Tavon Austin even if they're slightly redundant because it will force the Rams to be a bit more creative offensively to make it work.

That's not to say the rest of the class won't be worth watching, only that Cooper is the most intriguing after a productive college career in one of the country's best conferences.


A roundup of Monday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... We began the morning with former Rams quarterback Jim Everett's take on the addition of Jared Goff. ... The Ram-blings rounded up the Rams' draft grades from around the Web. ... The Rams exercised their fifth-year options on Austin and linebacker Alec Ogletree.


Rams general manager Les Snead discussed the plan for Goff with Ryen Russillo and Danny Kanell.

Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay talked about the long-term plans for Goff.

Andrew Healy dives into the analytics of projecting boom or bust among the top quarterback prospects.

FoxSports.com grades the Rams' individual picks in the draft.

KTLA.com says that 1,500 people will be needed to work at Rams games in the fall.