Closing notes and reflections of LA Rams’ 2022 NFL Draft

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LA Rams Draft GM Les Snead
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Draft positions potpourri

Despite expectations for the LA Rams to draft both a punter and perhaps a tight end, the team ran out of picks long before they ran out of positional needs. None of either were drafted and there’s still a shortage in those two positions in terms of having real depth, but nothing to worry too much or grumble about. There is still plenty of time to address it in free agency or even, as we’ve seen the Rams do before at certain positions after the season has begun. In fact, the Rams addressed both positions by signing undrafted rookies.

One would have to grade the Rams’ draft a solid B+. Given that they were selecting so low in the order and didn’t really need to hit any big home runs, that’s as well as any of us could have hoped for. We should be very satisfied with it, and everyone involved in making it happen happy with themselves for executing a perfect draft. Dusk has settled over the Hollywood hills. The dust has settled on the NFL Draft. Five defensive backs (including their trade with the Cleveland Browns for Troy Hill, who General Manager Les Snead referred to as a ‘bonus’ pick), a running back, two offensive linemen, and the team even added an edge-rusher later.  The Rams retire to bed, their work done for another weekend.

They’ve bolstered the areas they needed to, shocked us with a trade for an old friend, and looked like they had fun while doing it. Truly, it is a joyous thing to follow this team and watch them work. If they didn’t steal the draft, as they promised to in that incredible ‘On The Clock’ movie trailer, then they came just as close as anyone, lying dormant through day one before erupting into life as the finish line approached on day three. Here are a few more takeaways and reflections from what has been an exhilarating, chaotic weekend.

Now, as the removal vans begin to rock up at the Rams Hollywood Hills draft house (where there are, no doubt, some very fuzzy heads), I’m off to get Kyren Williams’s name stitched onto the back of my jersey, and watch that video one more time.

Go Rams.

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