Which positions should LA Rams draft on Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft?
By Bret Stuter
The LA Rams have 10 draft picks in the 2023 NFL Draft. But perhaps the most vital picks of the draft happen on Day 2. On that day, the Rams will step up to the podium not just once, but twice, as the team begins to reassemble a Rams roster that will inevitably be put to the test quickly and repeatedly throughout the 2023 NFL season.
The comments sections to almost all articles whose topics cover which players should be added to the Rams roster invariably will be saturated with demands that the offensive line is the sole focus to be addressed in the draft. But there are two problems with that mindset. First and foremost, drafted rookies take the better part of a full season just to feel their way in the NFL, particularly rookie offensive linemen.
On the other hand, what about all of the other positions of need on this team? What of the defensive line, the secondary, the pass rushers, the skill players, and even the players who we cannot anticipate who will fall out of the first round to the Rams at pick 37?
No true plug-n-play? No problem
The Rams may or may not have the luxury of landing a true plug-and-play starter in Round 2 with the 37th overall pick, or even in Round 3 with the 70th overall pick. But like a child who has a dollar to spend in his pocket on his way to the penny candy store, the idea of what can be purchased is far greater than what can actually be obtained for the LA Rams.
What do I mean?
Two Day 2 picks equate to the LA Rams selecting two rookie prospects, neither of whom is guaranteed to be a starter, or even have a successful NFL career. The draft is merely a ranking of how teams get to choose the candidates who they believe may succeed. Even players who are a consensus home run do not always deliver the goods. The Rams, like 31 other NFL teams, know that going into the draft.