2023 NFL Draft: Rams draft strategy and why so many underestimate Les Snead
By Bret Stuter
Rams sit at a perfect spot in Round 2
The Rams may be in the market for a backup quarterback in the 2023 NFL Draft, but after quarterback-needy NFL teams rush to the podium to claim their version of a franchise quarterback, the demand on the position drops considerably.
Having ran 10 simulations, the first round prospects who fall to the LA Rams at 36 include:
WR Zay Flowers
OLB Nolan Smith
CB Deonte Banks
OLB Andre Carter II
S Antonio Johnson
OLB Will McDonald IV
QB Tanner McKee
IDL Calijah Kancey
OT Anton Harrison
Rams could trade away from a starter, or add multiple starters
That is a pretty deep group of talented prospects. So here is a question. If the LA Rams have the 36th overall pick, rate all nine named prospects at worthy of the 36th overall pick, and get an offer to trade back from the 36th overall pick to acquire the Cleveland Brown's 42nd pick (still the 11th pick in Round 2) and in the process add an additional fourth-round pick, the 110th overall pick, do you take that offer?
I think you have to weigh the decision carefully. Could you trade out of selecting a starter? Of course. But without the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, limited to what the LA Rams know in the present, the team gets to stay in the second round and add the ninth pick in Round 4. That could equate to the Rams having not just one potential starter, but the chance to land two starters.