L.A. Rams Focus on Offense in 2016 NFL Draft
2 Receivers, 2 Tight Ends, 1 Linebacker Join Top Pick Jared Goff
April 21, 2016
It was well worth the wait. The 2016 NFL Draft officially ended today, April 30, with the Los Angeles Rams selecting six players over the past three days of the proceedings. The Rams' six picks occurred in only three rounds of the entire draft:
Round 1 (#1): Jared Goff, quarterback, California
Round 4 (#110): Tyler Higby, tight end, Western Kentucky
Round 4 (#119): Pharoh Cooper, wide receiver, South Carolina
Round 6 (#177): Temarrick Hemingway, tight end, South Carolina State
Round 6 (#190): Josh Forrest, linebacker, Kentucky
Round 6 (#206): Michael Thomas, wide receiver, Southern Miss
Ram quotes from the past two days:
Head Coach Jeff Fisher: "The enthusiasm, the excitement and everything we are experiencing here now in LA is great. It's going to carry over into attendance and all that. It will help us win games and sign players, but our focus is football. That's what we do.
Jared Goff: "I think myself, and really everyone coming into the NFL as a rookie, you want to transition to the speed. It is something I am ready for, and excited for the challenge."
Tyler Higbee: "I think I can create some mismatches with the linebackers and safeties. I'm going to get out there and be physical on the smaller guys, and use some of my speed on some of the bigger guys."
Pharoh Cooper: "My biggest asset would probably be making plays after the catch. Once I catch the ball, I can easily get another five to 10 yards after I make the catch."
Temarrick Hemingway: "A lot of people might think of me as a receiving tight end. I see myself as a physical tight end as well. I catch the ball in traffic. I like to get yards after the catch."
Josh Forrest: "I am just in shock right now. I started off just trying to do something with my time away from basketball season. So football was the thing I was chose to do. One of my best friends talked me into playing. I just fell in love with it from there."
Michael Thomas: "It's a great feeling. There's a lot of great people in the organization. They've got a great receivers coach. I talked to him earlier. I'm just blessed. I'm thankful. It's a happy moment for me."
This was the opening act for the Los Angeles football franchise that still has that refreshing scent of a new car's interior. The team's first spin behind the wheel felt like a smooth drive along the coast.