With the No. 44 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams selected Gerald Everett with their first selection of the draft. The selection made Everett the first Jaguar to be selected by a team in the NFL Draft.
A tumultuous collegiate career saw Everett make stops at a community college and a junior college before landing on the roster at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2014. After the program was disbanded a year later, Everett followed several teammates and coaches to USA to finish his college career.
Everett turned heads in his one year in the South Alabama offense, turning in 717 yards and 4 touchdowns and tying for the team lead with 49 receptions.
“This moment is extremely important [for the program] and something we have been looking forward to have happen over the last four years as we’ve been at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level,” Jaguar head coach Joey Jones said. “Although Gerald is the first student-athlete to be drafted in the NFL from South Alabama, we do have others who have played in the league including at one position that has been extremely good for us — tight end — with Wes Saxton and Braedon Bowman both in the NFL. We’re real proud that Gerald will be representing South Alabama and the Rams.”
Scouts were already aware of the raw talent Everett possessed, but a solid week at the Senior Bowl in January alongside O.J. Howard (No. 18 pick) and Evan Ingram (No. 23). Apparently the Rams took notice and kept their eye on Everett.
The former Jaguar continued a strong pre-draft process with a good showing at the NFL Combine. He ran a 4.62 40-yard dash, did 22 reps in the bench press and posted a 37.5″ vertical.
Los Angeles needed to put some talent around quarterback Jared Goff going into his second season. Goff will love Everett in the red zone. With the addition of the young tight end and Robert Woods from Buffalo, the Rams offense could take strides toward being a