Defensive targets (up to 8)
In terms of highest priorities, I would certainly make the argument that the Rams defensive backs roster depth is the most in need of attention. Right now, the Rams roster boasts 10 defensive backs. I’d expect the team to enter training camp with 14 defensive backs. The team is returning Jalen Ramsey, Jordan Fuller, and Taylor Rapp as 2021 NFL season starters. Right now, they will most likely be joined by Robert Rochell. The Rams average three DBs per year, so signing two-four DBs after the draft seems about right. Of course, reduce that number by the number drafted.
Outside linebackers are another area that is concerning for fans. The team has lost Justin Lawler, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, and Von Miller, so setting the expectation from two-four new signings seems about right. This class is very deep, and the Rams may go heavy just to add talented players for the future.
Defensive linemen are always a solid investment, particularly when filling the talent pipeline for defensive line coach Eric Henderson. The LA Rams have four players on expiering contracts, but two of the four – Michael Hoecht and Marquise Copeland – project to be ERFAs and capable of extending at a minimal cost. Still, the Rams will need bodies, as the team will need to be ready for the 2023 NFL season. I would look for one-two athletic defensive linemen to be added.
It is possible that the Rams may be set at their inside linebacker position? The Rams have a nice mix of five for training camp already. One or two more, particularly if they had solide collegiate special teams experience, would be a nice way to round out the 2022 roster.