The Los Angeles Rams currently hold the No. 31 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but could also end up trading down.
After months of waiting, the 2019 NFL Draft will finally get underway Thursday night, and for the first time since 2016, the Los Angeles Rams will actually have a first-round pick.
Thanks to previous trades to that helped land Jared Goff and Brandin Cooks, the Rams have gone the last two years without a first-round selection, but obviously it all worked out since the team is coming off back-to-back NFC West titles along with a trip to Super Bowl 53.
Coming up short the way they did to the Patriots was obviously a tough pill to swallow for the Rams since the offense failed to even score a single touchdown.
And while finishing as the runner-up in the Super Bowl earned them the No. 31 pick, this doesn’t necessarily guarantee that Los Angeles will hang on to the selection, especially since other teams are already expressing interest.
Of course, as Adam Schefter points out, the one tough factor that Los Angeles will need to take into consideration is if they’re willing to give up a pick that guarantees the fifth-year option down the road.
From adding depth to the offensive line or simply looking to the cornerback position since no one knows what to expect after 2019 with Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, the Rams should have plenty of great options to choose from.
Depending on which players they have their eye on towards the end of the first round, the other major question the Rams will need to take into consideration is if they feel confident in certain players still being available in the second round.
Over the years, it has been a common theme to watch teams trade down out of the first round and still land the original player they were targeting while picking up an extra draft pick in the process.
So if Los Angeles did end up deciding to trade down, and use the No. 31 spot to their advantage as leverage with other teams, this really wouldn’t come as a surprise at all since, as mentioned before, possibly gaining an extra draft pick would be awesome.