Are the LA Rams so good at their roster planning that they can anticipate the quality and depth of a future draft class well enough to adapt their roster deficiencies to align with the positional strength of NFL hopeful football prospects? Perhaps not, but after witnessing the LA Rams put together a playoff run that culminated in a thrilling victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI, anything is possible.
So what would I jump to such a random conclusion about the LA Rams organizational acumen? Well, having just settled in on what I believe to be the most pressing needs for the team heading into the 2022 NFL Draft, I then turned to the best positional depth of the 2022 draft class.
And they align rather nicely. Almost too nicely.
After reviewing where the team will likely lose key plays, we settled on these positional needs for the team as: IOL, ILB, DB (CB), OLB, and OT. If you factor in the risk of losing contributors in 2023, you could add: DT, S, RB, and QB to the shopping list. That’s a pretty hefty number of positions to consider, particularly for a team that does not step up to the podium until all other NFL teams have already chosen at least twice from the draft class.
Depth aligns nicely with the LA Rams draft needs
The only saving grace for the Rams would be if this draft class was so loaded at the positions of need, that the team could still find a potential starter as late as Day 3. Well, guess what? That appears to be the case.
Per a recently published article from Bleacher Reports’ Brent Soleski, the 2022 NFL Draft class is particularly deep and talented at a number of positions that the Rams will likely be shopping for this year. So which positions does he feel are particularly deep?
Rams Need Draft depth
I – IOL I – OLB
II – ILB II – WR
III – DB (CB) III – CB
IV – OLB IV – OT
V – OT V – IOL
DT, S, RB, QB RB, TE, ILB, QB
Based upon our ‘needs’ summary, the LA Rams will find plenty of intriguing prospects to fill the cracks of the team’s roster in the draft. And there is even plenty of wide receiver, running back, tight end, and even quarterback talent available later in the draft to distract Rams head coach Sean McVay.
So far, so good. The Rams have plenty of talented prospects to sort through and focus upon in the 2022 NFL Draft. Stay tuned.