2023 Senior Bowl participants will dictate LA Rams future
By Bret Stuter
it's been an established fact that the LA Rams tend to lean towards selecting players in the NFL Draft who had participated in the Senior Bowl. The reason is actually pretty sound logic. The Senior Bowl is the one place where you can judge the quality of the competition by the fact that you have a pretty good gauge of who their opposing players are in terms of NFL Draft projections.
It's one of the constants that we can often rely upon when it comes down to predicting who the LA Rams may seek out in their upcoming rookie class. For instance, the Rams added 14 rookies to their roster via the 2023 NFL Draft, and seven of those rookies competed in the Reese Senior Bowl. So what, you ask? Well the Senior Bowl is limited to 120 participants, and a typical NFL Draft has over 255 rookie selections. Even more noteworthy is the fact that the Rams do not choose from among the top 50 or so rookies in any given draft very often.
So who was chosen from the Senior bowl in the 2023 NFL Draft? Here is a short video summary:
So lets take a quick look at the Rams Senior Bowl veterans:
Round 2 Pick 36 Steve Avila
If you wanted the LA Rams to grab an offensive lineman, I think that you have to love the Rams pickup here. TCU C/G Steve Avila was the first interior offensive lineman off the board, so the Rams front office clearly got their top rated guy. There is no doubt that he will start. But will he start at the center position or at the guard position? That is the question
The addition of Avila does not only strengthen the Rams offensive line at his position, but the domino effect of his anchoring a key spot on the starting offensive line gives the Rams added competition for the remaining starting roles.