The Rams need to select an offensive lineman sooner, not later at the 2018 NFL Draft
Enough with the waiting. It’s time for the Los Angeles Rams to draft an offensive lineman before drafting any defensive players in the 2018 NFL Draft.
It’s become a long list of what the Los Angeles Rams have gotten right so far in this 2018 NFL offseason. A closer look would show that LA effectively took free agency and “drafted” a could be Super Bowl contending team.
Now, whether it works or not, or how good the Rams ultimately are remains to be seen.
Whatever your opinion may be, Los Angeles will have a pretty serious, star heavy Week 1 roster, making them a favorite for a lot of NFL watchers.
So, where do the Rams go now, and what do they ultimately do with their first pick in the third round?
To read, and reread most mock drafts is to see what most said when they still had a pick in the first round, and that is to draft a linebacker/EDGE rusher. Pick a mock, any mock and that’s what you’ll read. Even now, with the Rams not drafting until Round 3, defense still looks to be what is suggested.
I think they are wrong.
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I continue to say Los Angeles is foolhardy if they believe they can roll the dice another season thinking BOTH center John Sullivan AND Andrew Whitworth stay healthy.
Play along for a moment.
The Rams could roll-out a Pro Bowl caliber defense for 17 weeks, but if third year quarterback Jared Goff isn’t able to sustain an increased rush, or worse stay upright, then what does that do for all the Super Bowl hype and promise?
Go easy, I get it.
Taking a center or a tackle in the third round doesn’t guarantee anything either. For those who would counter with that argument, I won’t disagree.
I’d simply ask why not start a youth movement now, IF a quality offensive player is available when they select, even IF the same can be said should a linebacker of equal quality also be available?
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Frankly, I’d make the same argument if the Rams still had a selection with the No. 23 pick overall, but they don’t.
Which makes taking the best center or tackle available when they do make their first selection, all the more critical.