When the LA Rams traded a package of picks as well as starting quarterback Jared Goff, the Rams took quite a risk. Perhaps nobody within the LA Rams organization that the Rams would suffer so many significant and repetitive injuries throughout the course of their 2022 NFL season, a season that followed winning Super Bowl LVI. But the result of that 5-12 record earned in 2022 led to the Detroit Lions owning the LA Rams 2023 first round pick, a pick that was the sixth overall pick in this draft.
But that opens up a topic, one that I am rather confident that I know the answer to. In the end, was it all worth it? To thoroughly answer that question, we need to revisit the original trade. But to help you out, I can load up the trade graphic immediately below:
The reason this is a current topic is something that surprised me on draft day. The LA Rams have now officially made their last installment payment to the Detroit Lions for veteran quarterback Mathew Stafford. Now, we can begin to judge with some level of objectivity over how the Rams emerged from that trade.
From my vantage point, the ring is the thing. By winning Super Bowl LVI, the LA Rams have set the bar so high that I don't believe that the Detroit Lions can match them. I'm not trolling the Lions, as they have added enough names from the LA Rams organization that they are like a relative living in another city.
But as I look over the boot from the trade for the Rams and the Lions, it's easy to be led astray. The Lions ended up with more picks, more players, and more years into the future to compete. But the LA Rams ended up with more jewelry.
The ultimate goal is to win the Super Bowl. Right now, that's clearly in the LA Rams favor as a result of that trade. Circumstances can change going forward, but for now the risk was clearly worth the reward.