2024 NFL Draft has a surplus of talent to satisfy LA Rams roster needs

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The LA Rams finished off the 2023 NFL season with a strong push that catapulted the team from flirting with a Top-5 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft to the sixth seed in the NFC branch of the 2024 NFL Playoffs. It was the type of finish that many teams would be proud of, and deservedly so. But the Rams roster is by no means locked and loaded for the next season. In fact, in some ways, the team's future starters may be less certain than at this time one year ago.

That is not due to a poorly rostered team. Rather, the team faces a completely new set of challenges with a more discretionary salary cap to spend, and with 11 picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, including four picks in the Top-100 selections. In short, the team has many more options, which could be good if the decisions made are wise and deliberate. Or the choices can harbor the double-edged sword of adding a poorly suited player to the roster while missing out on adding a new NFL star.

The Rams may view the need to secure a long-term backup for quarterback Matthew Stafford as a high priority in the 2024 NFL Draft, but the surplus of quarterback prospects in the draft has many teams thinking the same thoughts. In fact, as the actual draft draws near, more and more NFL Mock Drafts feature a run on quarterbacks early in Round 1:

If the Rams do not view the backup quarterback role as vital for a Day 1 selection, the anticipated run on rookie hurlers could be a blessing in disguise for the team. Two areas that the Rams may seek to address in the draft is offensive line and defensive backs. While we have yet to get a full assessment of the quality and depth of positional groups for the 2024 NFL Draft, early indications are that offensive center and cornerbacks are particularly talented and deep this year.

That is great for the interior offensive line, but what of offensive tackles? Isn't that positional group supposed to be both deep and talented in this year's draft? Why yet, they are:

The Rams have done a remarkable job of loading up on talent when the getting is good, such as the team's willingness to sign four defensive linemen after the 2020 NFL Draft, two of whom are still with the team as of the end of the 2023 NFL season.

However the team uses the early picks, you can expect the Rams to shop heavily for defensive backs, and offensive linemen, and perhaps even to pick up one or two more quarterbacks this offseason. After all, GM Les Snead loves to load up with bargains, and the 2024 NFL Draft will be loaded with them.