4 teams that could steal Rams’ top Day 2 draft targets

2023 NFL Draft - Rounds 4-7
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II: Atlanta Falcons - Biggest needs: QB, WR, Edge, CB, DT

The Atlanta Falcons football organization have to have the keenest sense of what the Rams front office might do in the 2024 NFL Draft as their coaching staff is nearly 50 percent derived from the Rams 2023 coaching staff. And with similar needs on the defensive side of the football, there is no way that their draft board will not intersect with that of Rams on several key prospects. Worst of all, the Falcons select at 43, 74 and 79, all of which are far sooner than the Rams selections at 52, 83, and 99.

I don't see the Falcons shopping for a quarterback or wide receiver in the 2024 NFL Draft, which places them in the hunt for defensive help, almost exactly in line with the Rams strategy. But with three picks that fall much sooner in the process, the Falcons will beat the Rams to the punch each time.

I: Seattle Seahawks - Biggest needs: QB, LB, IOL, DT, Edge

The Seattle Seahawks are now under HC Mike McDonald, the former defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens. As such, the Seahawks are a bit of a wild card in terms of how they will approach the 2024 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, it is that unbridled unpredictability that makes them the greatest threat to the LA Rams on Day 2 of the 2024 NFL Draft.

The Seahawks Top 4 picks in this draft fall at 16, 81, 102 and 118. Because they are looking for help on their own defensive front, While they currently hold an earlier pick in Round 3, they are within striking distance to move up from 102 as well. And there is no better strategy for a division rival than to strengthen the roster while hindering another team's chances of strengthening their own.

The Seahawks believe that they can return to the NFL Playoffs once more, and plan to do so by reconfiguring their team to be far stronger on the defensive side of the football. That means that they will be in direct competition with the Rams for talented prospects in 2024 as well.

In the end, the LA Rams will not only need to be quite shrewd as to who they target in the draft, but take great care to ensure the order in which those players are selected. If they fail to choose the right player with the right pick, there are plenty of teams waiting to select them.

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