The LA Rams are stuck between a rock and a hard place for the time being. While that is nothing new for the team at this point in the season, it does require a bit of discussion. You see, each year the LA Rams seem to be near the bottom of the salary cap pile, and at the bottom of NFL Draft in terms of the number of picks.
A year ago, the LA Rams were in an eerily similar situation. At that time, the LA Rams were willing to entertain trade offers for either running back Todd Gurley or wide receiver Brandin Cooks. To fans, the likelihood to trade either seemed remote. Gurley was fighting sore knees. Cooks was suffering from a history of concussions. But in the end, the Rams did land a 2020 second-round pick from the Houston Texans in exchange for Cooks and a 2022 fourth-round pick.
The Texans came out of that trade with an 1150 yard receiver to lead their offense.
So the LA Rams are back again, virtually in the same boat as a year ago. Even with all of the anticipated awarded compensatory draft picks, the Rams have just six draft picks for the 2021 NFL Draft. So dismal is the Rams’ precarious position in the upcoming draft that Tankathon.com has their draft value ranked dead last in the NFL.
It’s deja vu all over again.
So here we go again. The Rams have a healthy cast of 63 returning players, which is on the high end of NFL teams this offseason. That means that the Rams will need to pare down the roster to clear the 53-man roster limit. There’s no rule that says that they can’t do that now. And in doing so, the Rams could stockpile some draft picks for the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.