7 players who the LA Rams could deal for 2022 NFL Draft picks
How dire is the LA Rams scenario in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft?
In the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft, there are the NFL teams that have quite a bit of draft currency. NFL teams like the New York Jets or the Jacksonville Jaguars: Two teams that boast two of the top 10 picks in this draft. Then there are those NFL teams who do not have much NFL draft currency. Four teams that will not choose in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft: Four teams that include the Chicago Bears, the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Indianapolis Colts.
Then there is a layer of 50 feet of mud.
Then there are the LA Rams, whose first pick in the 2022 NFL Draft will not take place until 100+ rookies are chosen off the draft board. That is the equivalent of planning to arrive at the all-you-can-eat buffet line, but waiting until all of the other guests have helped themselves to seconds, and thirds, before you will have a chance to walk through the buffet line to fill your first dinner plate.
Sure, there will be food remaining. But it will not be the freshly served piping hot variety. And from what we’ve witnessed so far in the comments sections of previous draft articles, it’s not apparent that the message is out and fully appreciated that the LA Rams have no picks in the Top-100, nor that the team has seven of eight draft picks on Day 3 of the draft.
Rams draft picks are poker chips
Of course, when the LA Rams are involved in the NFL Draft, nothing is safe or sacred. Just as the team is very capable of trading draft pick for players, the inverse is also possible. In fact, as the LA Rams face one of their most barren NFL Drafts (picks) since pairing up GM Les Snead with HC Les Snead, it’s probably a very realistic scenario to consider the Rams trading players for draft picks during this offseason.
The reason for doing so is two-fold. Drafted rookies offer inexpensive players for four years to the team. That is critical for the Rams in order to balance the interest in loading up on elite play-makers in many critical positions. Another reason for doing so is simply to ensure a steady inflow of young talent to develop each season.
The Rams’ organization is very successful at developing late-round and undrafted rookies into NFL starters who eventually sign on with other teams, triggering the algorithm for the awarding of compensatory draft picks to the team. That is why the team has invested heavily into their coaching staff, and for the most part why the team has demonstrated incredible patience in developing players.
But it all starts with adding young players. To do that, this team needs draft picks. Which players could the LA Rams exchange this year, before the 2022 NFL Draft, in time to restore some needed picks to their bank account? In our view, here are seven players who could be sent to a new team in return for additional 2022 NFL Draft picks