3 2024 NFL Draft picks that the LA Rams needed to make, but didn't

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The Los Angeles Rams had a solid 2024 NFL Draft by filling positional needs and adding depth pieces to the roster. Did the Rams miss on any of their picks? We can only speculate at this point. We can also dream of other prospects in a Rams uniform. Here are a few prospects who would fit well on the Rams roster.

Chop Robinson, OLB

Taken 21st overall by the Miami Dolphins, OLB Chop Robinson from Penn State was on the Rams' radar before the NFL Draft. It was well-known that the team sent scouting representatives to meet with Robinson for a pre-draft visit. Listed at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, Robinson is light on his feet off the edge. He's versatile and can play from both ends of the line. Athleticism is off the charts from Chop and raw speed is tough to find from an outside linebacker. While Robinson's NFL Draft profile says he's still raw as a prospect, his physical traits alone are enough to be an NFL starter.

The Rams selected outside linebacker Jared Verse with the 19th pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Was the pre-draft visit with Chop Robinson scheduled to draw attention from Verse? It's no surprise that the team tries to mask their intended draft targets, but the team could have drafted their preferred linebacker in Verse all along.

Cooper DeJean, CB

I expected defensive back Cooper DeJean's name to be called with the 39th pick in the second round by the LA Rams. Instead, the team selected defensive tackle Braden Fiske. Following the retirement of Aaron Donald, reinforcing the defensive tackle position was an immediate need. Still, DeJean would've made the Rams' secondary even better. Offseason additions of Kamren Curl, Darious Williams, and Tre'Davious White have changed the look of the Rams defensive back unit.

DeJean played his college football at Iowa, one of the best defensive programs in the country. DeJean was a First-team AP All-American in 2023 and a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award(the Nation's best CB). DeJean was selected with the 40th pick by the Philadelphia Eagles, the fourth CB in the 2024 NFL Draft. DeJean will likely be a starter for the Eagles at the beginning of next season.

Peyton Wilson, LB

Due to injury history with his knee, Peyton Wilson dropped from a projected first-round pick to being selected with the 35th pick in the third round of the 2024 NFL Draft. Wilson finished his career at NC State with 402 career tackles, according to ESPN.com. At 6-foot-4, 233 pounds, Wilson can move from sideline to sideline to make tackles all over the field. Wilson was a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy(the Nation's top defender). If Wilson stays healthy, the Pittsburgh Steelers could have an elite linebacker on their hands in the form of a third-round pick.

The upward trend of linebacker Ernest Jones has been fun for Rams fans. Pairing Jones with another stud in Peyton Wilson could've formed a dynamic duo. Wilson recorded 17.5 tackles for losses last season as a middle linebacker, which does not happen often in college football. Could the Rams have missed out on an immediate impact player? Possibly, but Wilson could also have knee issues flare up. The selection of safety Kamren Kitchens from the University of Miami made sense at that point in the draft.