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

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Restocking the LA Rams roster

Just to clarify, the LA Rams start the season, not with 53 players plus 16 practice squad players, but rather with a training camp roster of 90 players to work with, train, and evaluate for weeks before the need to pare the roster down comes.

Right now, after cleaning up the list currently reflected by Spotrac.com’s 2023 NFL Team Salary Cap Tracker, the LA Rams are shown as already having 50 players on their 2023 roster. That happened because the Rams roster has signed nine players from the team’s practice squad to Reserve/Future contacts, ensuring that they will be available for the team’s start of training camp. That could change if the team identifies and signs additional players to Reserve/Future contracts.

Better get another shopping cart

That means that the LA Rams need to identify 40 more players for the 2023 NFL season. How? Well, the fact is that you can expect about 10 players to (re-)sign with the team. That includes six Exclusive Rights Free Agents (ERFA), RFA QB John Wolford, and the balance comprised of Rams’ free agency signings, or simply current players extended into the 2023 season and beyond.

But even at 60 players, and with ten draft picks projected, the LA Rams would be compelled to add 20 players to the roster after the 2023 NFL Draft. While it has happened before, the chance to select more robust talent seems far more tempting at this point in time. After all, the Rams are not exactly following their standard off-season track.