How Matthew Stafford alters the Rams NFL Draft Plans
By John Vogel
The LA Rams have acquired their quarterback for the near future, former first overall selection Matthew Stafford from Detroit. How does the trade for Stafford affect the Rams draft plans this season and beyond?
We all sat in shock when the blockbuster trade was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and came across our phones. Matthew Stafford was acquired from the Detroit Lions for Jared Goff and three draft picks. The Rams will be sending two future 1st round draft picks to the Lions as well as their third-round selection this season. I think everyone in Los Angeles knows this now.
However, the questions have poured in around the Rams and what their new NFL Draft plans will consist of. The front office has not retained draft picks very well, as the Rams draft selections now look like this:
1st Round: Jaguars (for Jalen Ramsey)
2nd Round: Held
3rd Round: Held
4th Round: Jaguars (for Jalen Ramsey)
5th Round: Browns (for Austin Corbett)
6th Round: Held
7th Round: Held
The Rams could end up with several compensatory picks due to lost players and personnel. Brad Holmes was hired as the Lions general manager, and under the amended Rooney Rule, the NFL will award the Rams a third-round pick (that may have already been traded to the Lions for Matthew Stafford). Our site expert, Bret Stueter, expects the Rams to receive two third-round compensatory picks and a fourth-round as well.
Then, there was the deep run into the playoffs that have backed the Rams further in line for draft picks. It’s going to be a challenge to reload the roster with all of these factors.
So, what has changed in the Rams war room?