5 positions the Rams could double dip for the NFL Draft

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Defensive back

Even while the team has certainly made provisions to restock the secondary in free agency, the team is still at a net deficit. With two cornerbacks and two safeties out, and just two cornerbacks and one safety in, the secondary has one less player to fill the room. Of course, the team is set to go if need be, as the starting secondary appears to be in place with a new configuration of Darious Willims, Tre'Davious White, Kamren Curl, and Quentin Lake.

This 2024 NFL Draft class has a number of elite defensive back who are likely to fall to the Rams at the 19th overall pick. But if the team chooses one, will that be the only time a defensive back hears his name called out? The team drafted one defensive back in 2023, Tre Tomlinson, late on Day 3. If the team follows past patterns, they will likely double dip at the position in 2024.

Offensive lineman

The team drafted interior offensive lineman Steve Avila in Round 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft, and later drafted offensive tackle Warren McClendon in Round 5 of the same draft. That was one of the richest investments into the offensive line by the team in a draft in some time. But I expect the front office to address the offensive line multiple times in the 2024 NFL Draft for several reasons:

For starters, OL Coach Ryan Wendall is now in his second season with the LA Rams. As such, he has one year's experience under his belt working with offensive lineman, and is in optimal position to place his thumbprint on the group. We have already witnessed that effect as the team has signed FA IOL Jonah Jackson as the likely starter at left guard for the team.

Secondly, it's simply a matter of mathematics. The team added Jackson, yes. But the team has parted ways with Brian Allen, Coleman Shelton, and Tremayne Anchrum Jr. via free agency, and all were on the team's 53-man roster in 2023. That translates into a net loss of two offensive linemen. Even if the team has plans to backfill those roles with depth players, the team will need new players to maintain the same level of competition. I cannot see the front office being satisfied 'as is,' with the offensive line depth. More will be added, at least two more.

Thirdly, the 2024 NFL Draft is loaded with offensive tackles and centers. Rams GM Les Snead loves to stockpile talent when it is plentiful, and this rookie class has plenty of high-quality talent who will fall in the draft from the sheer weight of their numbers. The team is starting formerly undrafted offensive tackle Alaric Jackson who fell in a similarly robust draft class. Look for the team to load up this year on offensive linemen.