The month of March 2022 opens with a bang for the NFL, as 32 teams descend physically or virtually upon Indianapolis Indiana to witness the dreams of 324 NFL-hopeful collegiate football players bear fruit or be dashed. It’s the ultimate pressure cooker and one that the LA Rams entourage has decided to avoid for the third consecutive year.
The Rams are not dissatisfied with the event. It’s simply that the entire organization had converted to a virtual process of analyzing digital data remotely, and that method seems to be more efficient for the methods that the organization uses to build the team’s restocked roster each year.
Like it or not, the LA Rams have a unique process of building a roster. The organization simply accelerated that process a tad for the 2021 NFL season, but the fundamentals of swapping out some of their future draft-picks for contributors to play now have shown remarkable resiliency in terms of prolonged success for the team.
While the Rams organization will not hesitate to talk about trading picks to other NFL teams for players, the same process requires that the team rolls out the red carpet for Day 3 prospects who can be coached up for a year or two on the team and then assume a rotational or perhaps even a starting role for the Rams down the road.
And it’s those lesser-known college hopefuls who truly are the backbone of what the LA Rams organization is all about. They are the most plentiful category on the roster, but they are the lightest group on the team’s purse strings. They come and play hard because they understand the unique opportunity that exists at SoFi Stadium. Not only can they have a significant chance of making the roster, but they can learn from NFL elites like DL Aaron Donald, DB Jalen Ramsey, QB Matthew Stafford, OT Andrew Whitworth, or WR Cooper Kupp in the process.
And here we are, at the inception of another annual NFL Scouting Combine. It’s already underway, so we need to get everyone up to speed pretty quickly. With that being said, what should we be looking for from the LA Rams this year? What will the team be seeking in this year’s Scouting Combine?