LA Rams will get perks for playing poorly next year
By Bret Stuter
Reasons for a Rams rebound
Let’s get right to it. We discussed how the LA Rams will likely add five weeks to their rehab time. That is due to the fact that the Rams’ schedule has the last game this season five weeks sooner than the Super Bowl. But that is only a minor perk.
Another minor matter is the fact that few teams seeking to rejuvenate their own organization will line up to poach Rams coaches or executives next season. After years of cannibalizing the Rams staff, the shelves may appear bare to other teams. So the continuity of continuing to benefit from another season of LA Rams’ coordinators and positional coaches appears somewhat safe at the moment. So staff changes will be based on internal reviews and less on external promotions. That may or may not be viewed in a positive way by fans. So let’s keep going.
What’s say that we dig into some more robust reasons for the LA Rams to rebound next season?
Right now, the LA Rams are in fourth place in the NFC West Division and have quite an uphill battle to improve their division position. With only two games remaining against the Seattle Seahawks, the division leader, the Rams could sweep both games and still wind up in last place. But with a roster that has been decimated this year, that is a very unlikely scenario. But what of the Rams’ 2023 schedule?
In addition to AFC North and NFC East opponents, the Rams’ schedule next season will pit the team against the worst teams of the other NFL divisions. Those teams will likely be working with a bevy of rookies and a new coaching staff, so the Rams’ schedule should work in the Rams’ favor in 2023.
Despite the fact that the Rams hold only three of their original seven 2023 NFL Draft picks, the Rams’ struggles this season have appreciated the value of those picks significantly.
Per our own tracking, the final estimated tally for the 2023 NFL Draft is ten picks, and as of November 15 could occur as follows:
- First round – 0 (none)
- Second round – 1 (one), pick 45
- Third round – 1 (one), pick 76
- Fourth-round – 0 (zero)
- Fifth-round – 2 (two), picks 171, 173
- Sixth-round – 4 (four), picks 186, 188, 197, 211
- Seventh-round – 2 (two), pick 229, 254
- Total 2023 NFL Draft picks– 10 (Ten)
The Rams have only picked sooner in the NFL Draft once, in 2017, when the team used the 44th overall pick to select tight end Gerald Everett. That 2017 draft class is arguably the LA Rams’ best, as it yielded Everett (44th), wide receiver Cooper Kupp (69th), defensive back John Johnson (91st), wide receiver Josh Reynolds (117th), and outside linebacker Samson Ebukam (125th).
While the Rams have traded away their original first-round, fourth-round, fifth-round, and sixth-round picks, the remaining three picks are among the first ten picks of their respective round, and two of the three picks remaining fall on Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft, a great position to select potential 2023 season starters.
The LA Rams may not be playing for draft position, but the impact of this season’s outcome surely will be significant for how quickly the Rams can restock/rebuild and rebound in 2023. As long as the team can lure the core players back for another season, there is no reason to believe that this team cannot compete for a significant postseason berth next year. The key is staying healthy. While that simple matter has eluded the Rams this year, the team will get more than a month to rest up for next season.
And that extra time to rest, relax, and recharge will lead to the Rams rebounding.