The LA Rams traded a 2022 first-round draft pick for QB Matthew Stafford. The team tossed a second-round and third-round pick at the Denver Broncos for OLB Von Miller. The team traded their fourth-round pick to the Houston Texans as agreed in the deal that sent WR Brandin Cooks to the LA Rams for a 2020 second-round pick. Finally, the LA Rams traded their 2022 sixth-round pick to the New England Patriots as part of their package for RB Sony Michel.
Of seven original allotted draft picks, the LA Rams hold two. They still have their fifth-round pick and their seventh-round pick. Finally, the LA Rams will get a seventh-round pick from the Miami Dolphins this year as the final piece to dumping Aqib Talib’s salary on the Dolphins in 2019. So that means that the LA Rams draft position will start with a fifth-round pick and two seventh-round picks.
In NFL currency, the Rams are rubbing a nickel and a couple of pennies right now. Thankfully, the NFL has announced their awarded compensatory draft picks today. The LA Rams have been awarded five compensatory picks as follows:
Round 3 – 104th overall pick
Round 4 – 142nd overall pick
Round 6 – 211th overall pick
Round 6 – 212th overall pick
Round 6 – 218th overall pick
These five draft picks, when combined with the LA Rams’ originally scheduled draft picks, net the Rams eight picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. For a more detailed breakdown of the 2022 Draft picks, or to review what the 2023 NFL Draft picks look like, you are invited to review our LA Rams future draft picks: 2022 NFL Draft and beyond article. In fact, we have future drafts through 2025 projected.
- Round 3 – 104th overall pick
- Round 4 – 142nd overall pick
- Round 5 – 175th overall pick
- Round 6 – 211th overall pick
- Round 6 – 212th overall pick
- Round 6 – 218th overall pick
- Round 7 – 239th overall pick
- Round 7 – 254th overall pick
And so, the LA Rams 2022 NFL Draft is official and complete. Like many distracted college students, the Rams will sit around for two days, and then on the third and final day, will scramble to get the work done.
I like the LA Rams’ confidence in restocking the team’s roster needs with so many late-pick prospects. But the team’s 2021 Draft class was not exactly impactful. The team did get some quality starts from ILB Ernest Jones and WR Ben Skowronek. But for the most part, the team redshirted their rookies. Either they needed more time to develop or were injured.
There may be more need to perform quicker than ever from the 2022 Draft class. Hopefully, they can deliver.