Of course, you already know all about the Rams acquiring Michel from the initial reports, so now it’s time to dive a bit deeper into the trade mechanics, the player’s potential in the LA Rams offense, and the overall impact of this day breaking news story. We’ll probably have plenty to say about this move as time passes, but let’s dig right into the trade mechanics itself.
Per NFL’s Ian Rappaport, the LA Rams have traded a conditional 2022 fifth-round pick and 2022 sixth-round pick for now but will convert into a compensatory 2022 fourth-round NFL Draft pick when that pick is awarded. Since no 2022 compensatory picks have been awarded as of yet, the Rams are not authorized to cite it in any trade terms. For what it’s worth, the fourth-round pick named is the projected awarded pick from the loss of John Johnson III. Here today, gone tomorrow.
A fourth-round pick for a former first-round running back who is entering just his fourth NFL season is not a bad pickup at all. In fact, if Sony Michel can deliver as he had in the past, this will be one of those transactions that could be pointed to later as one of the keys to a rather successful season. Michel has been a veteran rotational player, much like Darrell Henderson. Although I would not have guessed it, the 5-foot-11 215-pound running back is now the biggest rusher on the LA Rams roster. That may mean that the Rams are not done just yet.