3 reasons why LA Rams should develop QBs to trade in the future

Los Angeles Rams Matthew Stafford
Los Angeles Rams Matthew Stafford / Stacy Revere/GettyImages
1 of 3

The LA Rams are sitting on a gold mine, but are doing nothing about it. What do I mean?

Sometimes the old methods are the best methods. Take the old pattern used by former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, who would draft a quarterback in the middle of an NFL Draft, coach him up, insert him into a game or two to showcase him to the NFL, and then trade him for a tidy draft position profit. So why bring this up?

When the LA Rams signed veteran quarterback Baker Mayfield to finish out the remainder of the 2022 NFL season, the Rams witnessed first hand that their offense does not have to be so complex that it requires several years of indoctrination in the Rams system to be effective. Just hours off the plane, Baker Mayfield engineered a Rams comeback classic, the Mayfield Miracle, that will be among the greatest regular season performances in franchise history.

After the season, QB Baker Mayfield signed a contract to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was not the fact that he signed elsewhere, but rather the fact that he signed so quickly that leads me to believe that the LA Rams have an untapped market for quarterbacks who have experience in their system. So how does the Rams organization leverage that market?

Reason III: LA Rams have enough draft picks to choose a QB this year

The LA Rams have 11 draft picks for the 2023 NFL Draft, and project to benefit from 11 draft picks in the 2024 NFL Draft as well. While the Rams roster is only boasting 44 players under contract for the 2023 NFL seaso, the Rams need to find and add backup quarterbacks to the roster who can play this year.

You see, the only quarterback on the roster currently is veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford, and the team only got nine games from him a year ago.

Drafting a quarterback on Day 3 will not cripple the Rams draft class in the least, and if the team uses a fifth-round pick, can still harvest a competitive and talented rookie quarterback who can learn the Rams' offense and be ready to put his skills on display in the Rams preseason games. Investing in a backup quarterback makes sense. It needn't be a top-tiered prospect. Rather, he simply needs to be a talented prospect who has raw talent and can be coached up. Just look at what the San Francisco 49ers did with QB Brock Purdy as the template.