3 draft picks the LA Rams gave up on far too soon

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III: With the 195th pick of the 2018 NFL Draft . . .

By the time defensive tackle/nose tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day's contract expired, the team already had his successor, NT Greg Gaines, itching for playing time. Rather than extend SJD for a rotational role, the team allowed him to follow former Defensive Coordinator Brandon Staley to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Although he has not played up to a Pro Bowl level, Sebastian Joseph-Day is a versatile defensive lineman who can slide into nearly every spot in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defensive front. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 310 pounds. he is big enough to handle the physicality and power of a nose tackle or defensive tackle. But he has a twitchy presence that allows him to be just as dangerous as a defensive end as well.

In 2024, he could give this team a vital veteran presence to help them transition the defense to a post-Aaron Donald chapter.

In his last season with the Rams, SJD suffered an injury that limited him to just seven games. But in just seven games and 341 defensive snaps, he was able to generate 38 tackles and 3.0 quarterback sacks. That is a tremendous season when projected over 17 games, but it was not nearly enough to earn him an extension.

It has been the run-stuffing presence in the Los Angeles Chargers defensive line that allowed them to hurl elite pass-rushers like OLB Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa at opposing quarterbacks. But SJD signed a new contract in 2024 to play for the Tennessee Titans. He may not put up elite numbers for the Titans either, but he will continue to offer a versatile veteran presence for their roster, a role that the LA Rams would benefit from in 2024 as well.