4 dream scenarios for LA Rams entering 2023 NFL Draft
By Bret Stuter
Dream Scenario I: LA Rams emerge from the 2023 NFL Draft with four or more clear starting-caliber rookies
While we have cited one Dream Scenario as the LA Rams emerging from Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft with three high-value starters, we are doubling down by adding one or two more starters as a prerequisite to the best Dream Scenario that the Rams can have this year. Better yet, we have removed any positional requirements.
That means if the Rams draft a punter and placekicker in Round 7 of the 2023 NFL Draft, and they do an admirable enough job in training camp to win their respective starting job at their positions for the 2023 NFL season, then the Rams are already halfway there. And if the Rams successfully emerge from Day 2 with three potential starters, then the Rams have accomplished their best 2023 NFL Draft Dream Scenario possible.
The trouble is that there will be no way to know how well the LA Rams have done regarding this scenario for many months into the future.
The first impression is usually the right impression
But Rams fans will have a good idea, call it intuition or gut instinct, hours after the 2023 NFL Draft ends. In much the same manner that fans unanimously scratched their heads when the team chose WR Tutu Atwell with the 57th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, even the most optimistic of us could only recommend sitting back and waiting to see how it would all turn out.
I'm not arguing that the LA Rams fans know better than the Rams front office. I would not suggest that even in my most skeptical articles about how the Rams front office has struggled of late since losing personnel executives Brad Holmes and Ray Agnew to the Detroit Lions. But I will point out that fans seem to have a better appreciation of the tried and true methods of building the Rams roster from the ground up, and that appreciation includes a fundamental priority in the 2023 NFL Draft for the guys in the trenches, the guys who rush the quarterback, and the guys who must break up passes thrown by opposing quarterbacks.
If the Rams are trying to lay a solid foundation for a future NFL Championship team, then those are the areas that the LA Rams must address in the 2023 NFL Draft. And if the Rams are successful, then their 2024 NFL Draft objectives can focus on playmakers at QB, WR, RB, and DB who can add the finishing touches to the Rams roster and give them that last little boost to ensure they can compete for a berth in the NFL Playoffs.