LA Rams Draft: Who are the winners and losers?
The LA Rams, like all NFL teams, entered the 2022 NFL Draft with two intentions. First and foremost, to add competitive depth at positions that were shallow on the Rams roster. Secondly, to improve the overall talent level of the team. But adding talent to a team’s roster means that an existing player may find themselves unknowingly falling on the depth chart.
It happens on all 32 teams. But today, I’m here to discuss those winners and losers on the LA Rams roster. Keep in mind that this is a projection and is subjective. We don’t know the future any more than anyone does. But based on which positions the Rams did draft, and the talent level of those selections, we are extrapolating what these selections will mean for the overall roster.
Determining LA Rams roster winners and losers
Competing in a Super Bowl makes it quite easy to tell winners from losers. One team earns the Lombardi trophy and a place in football history. The other team simply is left to go home and agonize forevermore about what they could have done differently.
The results of the NFL Draft are the same. For every draft pick that hits the lottery by being selected, someone already on the roster must lose out in some way, their time suddenly limited by the arrival of a ready-made replacement. So, who were the winners from the Los Angeles Rams’ recent draft? And who, if anybody, were the losers? Let’s take a closer look
First, let’s recap the event itself. Going into the draft, it was widely felt the team needed at the offensive line, running back, and all the secondary positions. They also needed a pass rush, too. All four needs were directly addressed.
- First Round
- No picks
- Second Round
- No picks
- Third Round
- No. 104 – Wisconsin IOL Logan Bruss
- Fourth Round
- No. 142 – South Carolina St. CB Decobie Durant
- Fifth Round
- No. 164 – Notre Dame RB Kyren Williams
No. 175– Traded to Raiders for Pick 164
- Sixth Round
- No. 211 – UCLA S Quentin Lake
- No. 212 – Georgia CB Derion Kendrick
No. 218– Traded to Buccaneers for Picks 235 and 261
- Seventh Round
No. 238– Traded to Raiders for Pick 164
- No. 235 – Montana State EDGE Daniel Hardy
- No. 253 – Kansas State S Russ Yeast
- No. 261 – Michigan State OT A.J. Arcuri
Eight picks in all.
So, those are the newly arrived rookies hoping to earn a spot on the Rams roster. But which of these prospects can do so on the roster of the defending Super Bowl Champions?