LA Rams 2024 NFL Draft picks and beyond
By Bret Stuter
The anticipation of when the LA Rams front office flips the switch from retreat to advance may in fact be months away from today, if not years. The LA Rams offense found itself out of weapons and ideas for the NFL. While the team continued to skim the cream of the NFL Drafts and select offensive skill players, the Rams offense sputtered in 2022. Many analysts and beat reporters believe that the Rams offense will be targeted repeatedly in the 2023 NFL draft.
But I'm not so sure. When I look back at the Rams draft history, I do not see a team that has abandoned the offense whatsoever. In fact, the only season in which the Rams did not target the offense with early picks was 2018, the year that the team competed in Super Bowl LIII. In 2022, the Rams drafted OL Logan Bruss and RB Kyren Williams. In 2021, the Rams drafted WR Tutu Atwell and TE/WR Jacob Harris. In 2020, the Rams drafted WR Van Jefferson and RB Cam Akers. So who will the Rams select in 2023? That remains to be seen.
I believe that it is fair to believe that the LA Rams, a team that loves to go outside of the box and choose offensive weapons, will do so in the 2023 NFL Draft. But that is less likely a matter of the Rams offense 'needing' to beef up the offense, and more along the lines of that is what they have traditionally done in the past.
2022 is an anomaly, not the new Rams norm
The LA Rams played with a banged up offense in 2022. That all changes with the return of a healthy quarterback Matthew Stafford. He will connect once again to his favorite wide receiver Cooper Kupp and tight end Tyler Higbee. The Rams running backs find a suddenly very effective and healthy Cam Akers, a returning Kyren Williams, and the revelation that Van Jefferson, Tutu Atwell, and Ben Skowronek can all play wide receiver at the NFL level.
Believe it or not, I am not convinced that the LA Rams part ways with WR Allen Robinson just yet. If a trade was bound to happen, it would have happened by now. Not only does parting ways with Robinson make no financial sense (i.e. The Rams will take a huge salary cap hit in 2023 in doint so), and if the plan is to add offensive playmakers, then it feels like Allen Robinson should be part of the Rams plans, not competing against it.
The LA Rams 2023 NFL draft has not yet arrived, but you can join me if you wish in taking a peak out of the corner of your eye toward the Rams' future draft picks. The LA Rams have 11 valuable picks to use in the 2023 NFL Draft. But if the Rams are truly laying a foundation for the 2024 NFL season, then the 2023 Draft will do its part to lay the groundwork for that process. That means secondary, wide receivers, and even quarterbacks will be targeted. It also gives way to adding talent to both sides of the football at the line of scrimmage. Players in those positions need a longer runway, and more time in the NFL to compete.
So when do the LA Rams pick in the 2024 NFL Draft? Well, here is some good news. The LA Rams finally have a pick in Round 1 of the NFL Draft. Let's take a look