LA Rams: Four top draft needs for the NFC West in 2023
By Steve Rivera
Even though the 2022 NFL season has yet to get underway, teams in the NFC West will have one urgent draft need for their teams in 2023. The LA Rams are no exception.
A year from now can mean a great deal of change for any NFL team roster. But as players suffer injury and free agents are signed, the overall scheme for the roster remains the same. Get better. Get younger. Get cheaper. Get healthier.
Any division can quickly remake their team, and the Rams will need to keep pace. The fastest route to relevance is more often than not on the offensive side of the football. From quarterback to wide receivers, and running backs to linemen, the NFC West can quickly reshuffle during one offseason.
The team with the biggest opportunity to improve is the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle, who no longer has the services of Russell Wilson, is forced to play 2022 with either Geno Smith, Jacob Eason, or Drew Lock. None of which will get them to anything more than a sub .500 finish.
The LA Rams continue to pursue the NFC West Division title
The San Francisco 49ers will be looking to add both a wide receiver and tight end. The Niners, likely the third-best team in the NFC West may have veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo under center. For them to move up in the division, a pass-catcher will be needed.
The Arizona Cardinals, the closest team to the LA Rams will be looking at a backup quarterback for Kyler Murray. Murray, who uses his legs with the frequency of throwing the football, could be an injury waiting to happen. Additionally, a wide receiver to complement their explosive passing game could move the needle in the desert.
In Southern California, the Rams have a familiar drum beat. Los Angeles should add some insurance at the quarterback position.
Backup John Wolford is an unknown commodity, and adding USFL QB Luis Perez won’t calm any nerves should Matthew Stafford go down. Also, the Rams would be smart to draft a running back. The position almost always takes a beating, and having a capable backup is smart business.
Even though not one of these teams has taken a snap in 2022, the Rams, Seahawks, 49ers, and Cardinals have work to do before the 2023 NFL Draft. It’s where teams don’t just prepare for the future, it’s where they go to make the move up the ladder. One false move and an NFL team can remain stuck in the mud, making no progress.