5 NFL trades LA Rams make for 2021 1st round pick

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5 trade scenarios to yield a first-round pick to the LA Rams 2021 NFL Draft

The LA Rams have a rather depleted 2021 NFL Draft in terms of pick selection for now. Even with the addition of two projected compensatory picks, the Rams have just six picks. One of the most undeniable concerns lies in the fact that the Rams face another draft without a first-round pick. While they have a pretty good track record of finding value in day two, missing out of round one in two consecutive seasons could be a handicap to the team.

But the value needed to pry the first-round pick away from another team can be a tremendous cost in terms of talent.  If the Rams were trading with themselves, the task would be far easier. After all, two firsts and a fourth for cornerback Jalen Ramsey still seems overly priced.

Two-way trade street

That works both ways, as the LA Rams were able to pry a 2020 second-round pick away from the Houston Texans for heavily compensated WR Brandin Cooks and 2022 fourth-round pick. Do the Rams face additional opportunities to bolster their draft position in 2021?

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I think they can do so, particularly in this virtual environment. After all, personnel departments and now even coaches are working with players based on a resume and video chat rooms. And a quick review of 2021 NFL Draft needs provided by the folks at The Draft Network gives a good indication of projected playoff team needs are today, and into next year.