Post OTAs analysis of LA Rams 2024 NFL Draft strategy with Les Snead

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Day 2 rounded out Rams roster

After the team forced their way into added the dynamic duo from the defense of the Florida State Seminoles, the front office had an opportunity to free style with the next two picks of the draft. What I mean is that the draft board could truly venture into the best player available (BPA) remaining on the draft board without penalizing the team by shorting the roster with too few players.

But the draft still held valuable prospects with NFL-starter potential, and if the team made wise selections, could emerge with two more key contributors from Round 3. The thing is that even after the 2024 NFL Free Agency market, the team seemed to fall short on both offense and the secondary.

On offense, the team had grown very dependant on second-year running back Kyren Williams. While still young, Williams sat out five of 17 games in 2023, and his absence was felt on the team's ability to score points. Let's be brutally honest with ourselves. In just 12 games, Williams put up 15 touchdowns. Had he been able to suit up for 17 games, that very likely could have resulted in 22 touchdowns in 2023. With eight more touchdowns and the 56 additional points that go with those scores, the Rams offense would have scored 460 points last season.

The team realized the need for a seamless backup runner on the roster, and could not have added a better rookie prospect than Blake Corum. Truth be told, the more I see and read about Corum's progress and fit in this offense, the more I am convinced that he has a bonafide chance of earning the featured running back role this season. That is not just preseason hype. That's the result of glowing reports about Corum, Kyren Williams' limited availability, and the incredible manner in which Corum seems to find the end zone.

But the team also added a remarkable ball-hawking defensive back in Kamren Kinchens. Despite the abundance of star cornerbacks in this draft, and the need for the team to ensure adequate backups for veteran DBs Darious Williams and Tre'Davious White, the front office opted to address the backend of the secondary. While Kamren Kinchens is a safety, he brings plenty of stout pass defense as well as a willingness to deliver bone-jarring tackles.

Both Round 3 selections could earn starting roles on this team by season's end. Let's keep going, because Day 3 could hold the best of the class in terms of bargain hunting.