Lions, Patriots, Browns and Packers enjoying LA Rams 2022 struggles
By Bret Stuter
LA Rams traded picks
The Detroit Lions own the LA Rams’ first-round pick, currently estimated to fall as the 11th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft per Tankathon.com as of November 11, 2022. That position makes the pick worth 1250 points per the 2023 NFL Draft pick value by Drafttek.com. Compare that value to the 590 value assigned to the LA Rams’ first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, and you can see that the Lions have benefitted significantly from the Rams’ struggles this season.
In terms of draft pick value, the difference of 660 value points is the equivalent of the Lions getting the 28th and 32nd overall picks from the Rams in 2023. While that may not be where the Rams pick ultimately ends up, it currently shows tremendous appreciation in pick value for the Lions, a team that clearly has a need to improve the roster.
But what of other picks? Let’s examine other draft picks that were traded along the way.
The New England Patriots acquired the Rams’ fourth-round draft pick in the exchange that sent RB Sony Michel to the Rams. That pick is currently projected to fall as the 114th overall pick, versus the 135th overall pick that the Rams held in the 2022 NFL Draft. The difference in those picks’ values is an estimated 27.5 value points or the equivalent of a fifth-round pick.
Thanks to the 2022 trade for defensive back Troy Hill, the Cleveland Browns own the LA Rams’ fifth-round pick, currently projected to fall as the 150th overall pick in the draft. The difference in appreciated value of that pick with the last pick in round five equated to a seventh-round pick. Perhaps not great, but enough to add one more player to the Browns roster if the value is there.
Finally, the Green Bay Packers surrendered their sixth-round pick to the LA Rams for punter Corey Bojorquez and the Rams’ 2023 seventh-round pick. That may not seem like much but on draft day a savvy NFL general manager could parlay that extra appreciated value into an extra pick or an upgrade for a future pick.
But what about the LA Rams picks? Let’s revisit where the Rams are picking right now: