LA Rams number of pre-draft meetings climbs to 22
Round and round and round she goes
Now, where should the Rams expect to find these prospects? Well, I can assure you that the LA Rams draft board does not look like the draft board found on NFL.com, but until the Rams give us a virtual tour of their draft war room with unrestricted access to their draft board, we’ll simulate what the board might resemble.
Round Two (one pick) (2 meetings) – Washington OLB Joe Tryon, Wisconsin-Whitewater OC Quinn Meinerz
Round Three (two picks) (3 meetings) – Florida State CB Asante Samuel Jr., Washington CB Elijah Molden, Virginia EDGE Charles Snowden
Round Four (one pick) (3 meetings) – UCLA WR/RB Demetric Felton, Western Michigan WR D’Wayne Eskridge, Auburn WR Anthony Schwartz
Round Five (no picks) (3 meetings) – Louisville RB Javian Hawkins, San Diego State CB Darren Hall, Wake Foret WR Tutu Atwell
Round Six (one pick) (4 meetings) – Oklahoma St LB Amen Ogbongbemiga, Iowa WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Texax A&M OT Dan Moore Jr., Wake Forest WR Sage Surratt
Round Seven (one pick) (4 meetings) – West Virginia DT Darius Stills, Iowa DT Chauncey Golston, North Carolina WR Dazz Newsome, Oregon CB Thomas Graham Jr.
UDFA/Priority signing (17 UDFA slots) (3 meetings) – Auburn WR/KR/PR Eli Stove, UCF’s WR Jacob Harris, UCF CB Tay Gowan
There truly is no consensus among NFL draft boards as to where prospects truly project. So consider the projected draft positions of these prospects with a grain of salt. For example, some draft boards project UCF CB Tay Gowan as high as round four, while others project him as a priority undrafted free agent. Which is correct? Neither or both, as it all depends on how the Rams value him.
The key to judging the results of the draft for the LA Rams, or any NFL team for that matter, is to avoid focusing upon a singular player. Instead, focus upon the positions that need additional depth and try to assess how the Rams addressed those needs based upon who was on the board when the Rams make their selections.
Finally, the Rams will be adding plenty of players after the draft ends this year, many of whom will have a draft grade. So it is not until the LA Rams reach their 90 man roster that we can truly assess the quality of their team heading into the 2021 NFL season. One week to go. Are you ready? We certainly are.