New clip reveals Jared Verse wasn't actually Rams' No. 1 option in NFL Draft

Los Angeles Rams Offseason Workout, GM Les Snead
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Who were the Rams targeting at the 10th overall spot?

At the 10th overall pick, the LA Rams were still enthusiastically interested in trading up. which eliminates a number of rookie prospects who were linked to the Rams prior to the draft. Those prospects who were off the board included:

  • Notre Dame OT Joe Alt
  • Washington WR Rome Odunze
  • Washington QB Michael Penix
  • USC QB Caleb Williams
  • LSU WR Malik Nabers
  • Alabama OT J.C. Latham

And there were several rookie quarterback prospects not listed above who simply made no sense for the team who were selected before the 10th pick, and whose early selection may have actually aided the options available when the team intended to select, and made the Round 1 pick.

Did the Rams miss out on a future All-Pro player? It's tough to call that type of missed opportunity before any of the rookies even play a single snap in their first NFL game. I will state the obvious, though. The Rams reportedly tried feverishly to trade into Round 1 of the 2023 NFL Draft for Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid but were unable to do so. Attempted trades, it seems, are quite commonplace on draft day.

Now we have to ask ourselves, who was the targeted rookie? And in the aftermath when all the dust has settled, did the Rams end up in a worse or better strategic position in terms of the strength of their roster?

I suppose that sort of question hinges on acknowledging all potential Rams intended selections who were still on the 2024 NFL Draft board at that 10th spot. We will do a follow-up article very soon citing who the team may have targeted there, and whether or not the team will regret having to shift to Plan B.

As always, thank you so much for reading.