Los Angeles Rams: 5 storylines to follow before 2018 NFL Draft

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4. New approach to the draft

One of the best parts about this time of year is how quickly a team’s draft needs can change in a matter of days, as a team like the Rams seemed to have numerous areas in need of improvement before filling some of those areas over the last couple of weeks. For instance, Los Angeles seemed to be considering potential cornerbacks to select in the first round with all of the uncertainty surrounding Trumaine Johnson before landing a new duo in Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib.

However, with the recent trade to land Cooks in which the Rams have to sacrifice the No. 23 pick, it looks like McVay’s team will have to wait until the third round for their first pick of the draft, which is fine. For those who forgot, Los Angeles previously sent their second rounder to the Buffalo Bills last August as part of the deal to land Sammy Watkins, which is why they have to wait until No. 87.

As concerning as this may seem, keep in mind the Rams are in pretty great shape heading into the draft when looking at all of the talent they have to work with on both sides of the football, so waiting until the third round isn’t the end of the world. In fact, with all of the potential offensive lineman and linebackers expected to be available in the mid rounds, Los Angeles should still feel confident about finding the right prospects.