4 reasons why LA Rams trading back in 2023 NFL Draft seems likely

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The LA Rams continue to be projected to hold ten picks in the 2023 NFL Draft, a nice round number that is more than enough selections for a team that is competing in the NFL Playoffs. But, that’s not exactly where the LA Rams found themselves at the end of the 2022 NFL season, is it? Not only is this team trying to retrace the steps from their 2021 NFL season that ultimately led to a victory in Super Bowl LVI, but this is now a team that is pilotless.

That’s right. LA Rams head coach Sean McVay needs, and deserves, a long break from NFL, professional football, and the LA Rams organization. But the show must go on, and that show is the three-day annual event known as the NFL Draft. Unlike the LA Rams 2022 NFL Draft, this time the Rams can, and should, have set their expectations on landing multiple NFL starting caliber rookies in this draft.

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But wait just a minute. Yes, the LA Rams’ current draft picks hold far more value in terms of the potential to find talented players. How so? In this year’s draft, the Rams are on track to step up to the podium and make two selections before the team had even had the chance to select a single player one year ago.

The 2023 NFL Draft is chock-full of talented young prospects and depending on how the three-day event plays out, there could even be NFL starters signed after the draft concludes.  That is the type of draft that is truly a strong suit of the LA Rams. Despite the fact that recent draft classes have been less effective, much of that disconnect can be explained by the shift of coordinators and positional coaches.

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But no matter how detailed the causal analysis might be, it does nothing to change the fact that the LA Rams need a strong 2023 rookie draft class to get back on track. The team has long found success in simply keeping the talent pipeline full of raw talent, but must now ensure that the talent is both durable and, in some cases, NFL-ready.