After witnessing the LA Rams use their first opportunity to make a selection during the 2021 NFL Draft to select a wide receiver, the likelihood of them doing so in the 2022 NFL Draft is no longer whether they will do so, but rather when will they do so. And now, the team has eight chances to select a wide receiver in this draft.
After six wide receivers came off the board in the first round, another seven have been selected in Round 2. That is now tied with the draft record of wide receivers selected in the first two rounds. And there are plenty more where that came from.
The draft pattern so far has followed the historic pattern of selecting players, or in this case, receivers, from larger football programs. Talented rookie prospects from smaller college football programs have been falling behind so far in these early rounds. So even as wide receivers fly off the board at a record pace, there are plenty of talented prospects who remain available. And we know that the LA Rams will not shy away from selecting a player from lesser-known smaller schools if the player warrants selection.
Even as the NFL focuses many of its picks on wide receivers, the talented prospects at other positions are in absolute free fall. At some point, (it hasn’t happened yet), QB needy teams will make a run on passers, and that will help the LA Rams’ chances of drafting a worthwhile prospect who plays at a position of need.
The LA Rams are still hours away from their pick, and we have every reason so far to believe that the team is set up to draft a quality impact player when they finally make their pick at 104. Right now, it feels like the Rams will add to their receiver room with one of three picks they currently hold late in Round 6.
But they are the LA Rams, and this is the NFL Draft, and the head coach of the LA Rams, Sean McVay, has never met a wide receiver that he did not like. Now, back to the draft.