LA Rams Draft: Top 50 Rams Big Board for 2023 NFL Draft

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LA Rams Draft Willie Lampkin
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2023 NFL Draft Big Board: 22-24 features Willie Lampkin, Demani Richardson, Devon Witherspoon

While the LA Rams do not currently project to have any picks in Round 4, the team could trade back and acquire a selection, trade up and acquire a selection, or even trade a player or two and end up with a draft pick in the round.

22  Willie Lampkin, Interior Offensive Lineman, Coastal Carolina

Do not let the fact that Coastal Carolina interior offensive lineman Willie Lamkin stands 6-foot-0 and weighs just 275 pounds be the only thing about the guy that you notice. If it is, you will miss out on one of the most intriguing and powerful interior offensive linemen in the 2023 NFL Draft. Whenever you automatically get discounted from height and weight, the rest of your game needs to be top-notch, and Lamkin’s is all of that and more. A former state wrestling champion, Lampkin boasts technical precision, loves to maul defenders, does not stop until the whistle blows, and demonstrates superior hand and footwork on nearly every play. He has natural leverage against defensive linemen and is both quick and powerful at engaging as soon as the football is snapped. So why does he fall so far? How many NFL GMs will go out on a limb for a 6-foot-0 interior offensive lineman?

23  Demani Richardson, Safety, Texas A & M

We know that the LA Rams want to restock their safety position, particularly in the offseason where both Taylor Rapp and Nick Scott face testing their value in the NFL Free Agency market. The loss of multiple players simultaneously from the Rams roster could pose some problems. But it’s a problem that 6-foot-1 210-pound Texas A & M safety named Demani Richardson is perfectly equipped to resolve quickly. He has an extensive background in multiple roles in secondary coverage, including single-high safety, slot corner, and run-support in the box. He loves to tackle and has solid coverage skills. Because he has a good football IQ, he is most effective in zone coverages as he baits the quarterback well, tracks the ball in the air, and arrives in time to pilfer the pass or at least break up the play.

24  Devon Witherspoon, Cornerback, Illinois

The LA Rams secondary may have plenty of young talented defensive backs on the Rams roster right now, but based on the way the Rams embraced deep buffers, there is room for improvement in the group. Improvement begins with competition, and that is exactly what 6-foot-1 180-pound Illinois defensive back Devon Witherspoon brings to the NFL as a rookie prospect. He has the qualities to enable him to excel in the zone, man, and press-man coverage schemes. He is the type of defensive back who won’t hear his name much when he is playing his best, simply because the quarterback is throwing anywhere but to his receiver. He has good instincts, knows where the receiver must be to get a first down and tracks both the ball and the quarterback’s eyes to anticipate when and where the football will be.