10 worst Rams draft picks of LA Rams GM Les Snead's era

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V - WR Tutu Atwell

With the 57th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, the LA Rams select wide receiver Tutu Atwell from Louisville. The problem with this selection is that the Rams appeared to have blinders on, because despite the need for a true NFL center, the team ignored the fact that interior offensive lineman Creed Humphrey was still on the board.

The problem with the pick of Tutu Atwell lies in the fact that the Rams' roster was quite saturated with wide receiver talent in 2021. The LA Rams had WR Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Van Jefferson. The team had also signed veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Worst of all, the Rams had ignored the fact that veteran center Austin Blythe had signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. And at 57, the LA Rams had a perfect opportunity to select Humphrey and be well on their way to rebuilding an offensive line that is the backbone of the offense.

I don't want to mislead anyone into thinking that I believe wide receiver Tutu Atwell is a bad player. I'm not saying that. What I am saying is that if the Rams commit a second-round pick to select a wide receiver, you would logically expect that receiver to get more than 35 targets over the next two seasons. And those yards did not come off the throws of QB Matthew Stafford. Most of his receptions came from backup quarterback Baker Mayfield.

So what does the future hold for the LA Rams? Sometimes, it seems like the Rams get too complex and simply fail to unleash players to see whether or not they can deliver. Perhaps Tutual Atwell, entering his third season, will suddenly hit paydirt and be the talk of the NFL this season. Or will he simply fall into a pattern like tight end Gerald Everett? Is he destined for 20-60 targets per season, and from 200-400 receiving yards? Stay tuned.