5 LA Rams players who could be traded for needed draft picks

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LA Rams roster Rob Havenstein 2021 NFL Draft
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Player IV: Right tackle

After a very disappointing 2019 season, the LA Rams and Rob Havenstein himself needed a rebound year in 2020. And in some games, he displayed that flash of his old self. But in other games? Not so much. One such game that was burned into my memory was the outing he had against a very passionate Miami Dolphins defense.  In that game, Havenstein seemed to struggle with the speedy Dolphins receivers.

When examining Havenstein’s career, 2018 was not a typical season. Ironically, it was the one year that he seemed to put it all together.  Per Pro Football Focus, he surrendered two quarterback sacks and committed just two penalties, good enough for an outstanding grade of 86.1.  Since 2016 (excluding 2018), Havenstein has averaged 5.6 quarterback sacks and 6.3 penalties per season.

Now, I’m not trying to ignore performance by citing statistics that simply say what I want them to. But to be honest, I was not as impressed with Havenstein in 2020. In the six losses, he seemed to be part of the problem.  He accounted for four of Jared Goff’s 23 sacks. That is the same number as center Austin Blythe, and two more than backup left tackle Joseph Noteboom.

Havenstein is rumored to be on the trading block. Based on his experience and light salary hit for a starting offensive tackle, the Rams could get a second-round pick for the veteran offensive lineman. But what about the right tackle position? The LA Rams have Bobby Evans who started there in 2019. OT Chandler Brewer is returning from an opt-out season. And the Rams drafted a very promising right tackle in Tremayne Anchrum.