Even the LA Rams have limits in the 2024 NFL Draft
Many Rams fans have already begun to weigh in on the LA Rams needs for the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft. But there is a price to pay for drafting rookie prospects. No matter where the Rams find rookie prospects, those young players will need time to develop into fully functional NFL players. Those are the rookies who are given an immediate opportunity to do so. For others, their time may not come instantly. Finally, for the rest, their opportunities will be vanquished by the mistimed mental mistake.
The LA Rams rookie class of 2023 flourished in a hostile environment because the Rams focused almost exclusively on preparing their young players for the rigors and challenges of competing in the NFL right up front. OTAs were filled with drills on how to drill. As the Rams front office identified positional groups that lagged behind, select veterans were added to the Rams roster individually.
That process continued to keep rookies at the edge of change for the Rams roster. But, with the Rams rising to compete in the 2024 NFL Playoffs, a new and more disciplined strategy is about to surface for the LA Rams once more. The Rams may very likely pivot from winning 'someday,' to winning 'now.' That means more than focusing on players who can compete from the get-go.
Will the team extend QB Carson Wentz? Or does it make sense for the Rams to remain committed to backup rookies Stetson Bennett and Dresser Winn, hoping for bigger and better things out of the pair in 2024? The Rams will return to choreographing their positional group spending. The Rams will once more focus on securing game-changing players at key positions. That mans that the remainder of the Rams roster may be forced to compete for the NFL minimum salary, or on a rookie contract.
With many questions about the LA Rams' moves in free agency, we tackle the first Rams Mock Draft with a presumption that the Rams are not extending many players. So, what does the Rams' initial rookie class of 2024 look like? We used the online mock draft application of NFL Draft Blitz, and think that you will be pleased with these selections:
That online mock draft simulator allows trades of both picks and veterans. While the persons or picks involved in such trades are unlikely, we included some proposed in this mock draft if, for nor more than, to show that there are multiple options to fill a need on the Rams roster.
First LA Rams mock draft of 2024
- Round 1 - Shutdown corner
- Round 2 - A Worthy receiver
- Round 3 - Defensive reinforcements
- Round 4 - Rams add a rookie for the trenches
- Round 4 -Safety fourth
- Round 5 - Pass rush and passer
- Round 5 - Time to grab a hurler
- Round 6: Part I - Smooth as butter ILB
- A developmental offensive tackle
- Round 6: Part II - Another cornerstone for the secondary
- Let's add a veteran passer to the Rams roster
- Round 6: Part III