2023 lessons allow Rams to gauge the price of success, riling up analysts

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Did the Rams overpay?

How much does that cost? Does the value of this transaction equate to the cost? Those are the questions that we ask ourselves on a daily basis. It happens at the grocery store. It happens at the beauty salon, the barber, the gas pump, and even the fast food drive-up window.

Whenever you need to reach for your wallet or purse, you have already asked yourself the question, and decided: Yes, it's worth the cost. Even if it's a huge price hike at the gas pump, the only option is to pay the price, or do without. And therein lies the rub.

Let's revisit Round 2 of the 2024 NFL Draft. At the time the Rams agreed to terms with the Carolina Panthers to move up in the draft, the following defensive tackles had already been selected:

  • DT Byron Murphy II, Texas, by the Seattle Seahawks at 16
  • DE Darious Robinson, Missouri, by the Arizona Cardinals at 27
  • DT Ruke Orhorhoro, Clemson, by the Atlanta Falcons at 35
  • DT Jer'Zhan Newton, Illinois, by the Washington Commanders at 36
  • DT T'Vondre Sweat, Texas, by the Tennessee Titans at 38
  • DT Braden Fiske, Florida State, by the LA Rams at 39

So here is the question that is not being asked. While the Rams paid a premium to trade up to the 39th overall pick to select Braden Fiske, was that spot too lofty for Fiske? Or had Fiske fallen to a point where he was a huge bargain at 39?

Let's explore that with an analogy. If a mansion in your favorite neighborhood goes on the market, and slashes its asking price from $1.2 million to $300,000, will you complain if your mortgage interest runs at a 6.4 percent rate? I seriously doubt if your dream house suddenly becomes affordable to your family budget, that would refuse to bid on the home due to unfavorable terms of mortgage.