3 reasons why LA Rams trade RT Rob Havenstein during NFL draft

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LA Rams 2020 NFL Draft Rob Havenstein
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The LA Rams re-signed virtually all 2019 offensive linemen. But early in the 2020 NFL Draft, will the team shock anyone by trading away RT Rob Havenstein?

The LA Rams ended the 2019 NFL season with a 9-7 record, and just five picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. But that was before the team claimed a 2020 third-round compensatory pick (number 104), and before the team traded for a second-round pick from the Houston Texans by trading away wide receiver Brandin Cooks.

But the pattern of the LA Rams pre-draft meetings suggests that the team would like to address nice different positions in the 2020 NFL Draft:
Edge rusher
Defensive lineman
Wide receiver
Tight end
Running back
Offensive tackle

That suggests that the Rams will need more NFL draft picks than their current stockpile of seven. Of course, the team could trade back, and there are many teams openly discussing a variety of trade back and trade-up options on draft day. But the basic requirements of any trades still apply. The Rams must hold something of value for another team, the other team must hold something of value for the Rams, and both teams must see more value in what the other team offers.  On draft-day with limits to technology, the Rams may not be able to negotiate a suitable trade within the time allowed.

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Of course, the time consumed on draft day is the pick for pick assessment based upon the draft board that exists when the trade is executed. But there are other trade scenarios to consider. What about a player for pick(s) trade scenario? As we’ve analyzed the LA Rams position heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, one player’s name keeps surfacing as the logical choice for a draft-day trade, that of OT Rob Havenstein.