V: Rams may not need to draft a QB early in 2024
When the LA Rams limped into their Week 10 BYE with a record of 3-6, the Rams were considered to be a team looking at a Top-10 draft pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. If the Rams had fallen further, the Rams might have been looking at a Top-3 pick. That would have been an ideal spot to select one of the top rookie quarterback prospects from the 2024 NFL Draft.
Having improved to a record of 8-7, the top four rookie quarterback prospects are likely to be off the board before the LA Rams ever step up to the podium. For that matter, some mock drafts project five of the top offensive tackles, four of the top wide receivers, and five of the top edge rushers to be gone as well.
If you have a favorite top-tier rookie prospect who you hope falls to the LA Rams at their current projected draft order as the 23rd selection in Round 1, you may be disappointed if you fixate on one player or postion. If the Rams continue to improve, their overall draft order will fall even further.
That is not to say that there will not be talented prospects on the draft board when the LA Rams step up to the podium on Day 1 or Day 2. But it's quite clear that unless the Rams are willing to deal multiple first round picks to climb the order to get into range of a Top-3 quarterback, no 2024 quarterback who is projected to be NFL-ready on Day 1 of the 2024 NFL season.
If the Rams believe that Stetson Bennett is not a lost cause, and merely needed to hit the reset button on his development, than the Rams scouts and personnel execs needn't plan for a contingency if the Rams are unable to extend veteran QB Carson Wentz.