LA Rams Mock Draft: Elite WR and dominating D are theme of this draft

The Rams still need to reinforce the defense to compete in Super Bowl LIX. They accomplish that in the latest mock draft.
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The LA Rams hold 11 picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, which is the largest number of picks held by any NFL team entering the draft. But the Rams are not just any team. Years of finding quality players in later rounds have honed the precision of this team to a point where you simply must ask, what will the team do with the 19th overall pick?

When the team has a track record of finding running back Kyren Williams with the 164th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, and he is the third ranked rusher in the NFL despite missing five games in 2023, you know that the scouting department is purring like a high-performance racing engine. The Rams doubled down in the 2023 NFL Draft, selected WR Puka Nacua with the 177th overall pick, who proceeded to set the All-Time Rookie Receiving Record in the NFL.

So the team has a right to flex a bit and show a smidgen of swagger heading into the 2024 NFL Draft.

But boasting and bold talk will not make this team any more competitive for the upcoming NFl season. That will only happen if the team can tweak players on the offensive side of the football to add depth and new options to the team's playbook. On the defensive side of the football, the roster needs to build on the beachhead of the 2023 rookie class, and create a dominating defensive front this year.

The team must also address special teams this year, whether during or after the 2024 NFL Draft, so that the team becomes far more competitive in coverage, returns, and kicking field goals.

That seems like a pretty tall order for one NFL Draft, and yet if you examine what the Rams were able to do in the 2023 NFL Draft, it certainly is possible. The team added a Top-5 wide receiver, a Top-10 punter, and two Top-40 pass rushers in their 2023 rookie class. Can the front office have as much success in 2024? Let's find out: