Rams ROI in these two rookies will pay out a sensational jackpot in 2024

NFL Combine, Braden Fiske, Jared Verse
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The Pick Is In revealed the complexities facing Rams Draft strategy

If you enjoy streaming services, then the latest edition of Roku Channel's NFL Draft: The Pick Is In featuring the behind the scenes actions and interactions among various NFL teams could not have been more well timed. It was well known with the LA Rams that the 2024 NFL Draft marked the first time in eight years that the team held a pick in Round 1.

The question was: What would the team do with that pick?

Having watched the film footage multiple times, I can state that the idea that a team enters a draft with a singular strategy of trading up, standing pat, or trading back are not strategies that they can pre-determine. Because the draft if a fluid and dynamic event, all three options are possibilities. But as we have stated repeatedly, trades only happen if the team can find a trade partner.

Based on the way the Roku Channel edited the final released video footage of the LA Rams draft strategy, we can conclude the following about the LA Rams draft board:

  1. Georgia TE Brock Bowers - Worth a Top 10 pick
  2. Texas DT Byron Murphy II - Top defensive player on Rams board
  3. Florida State OLB Jared Verse - The third and final prospect worth drafting at 19
  4. Florida State DT Braden Fiske - A second round prospect who became equivalent of must have after team drafted his teammate Jared Verse.

Of course, anything produced for public viewing has to embed plenty of drama, so the relentless efforts shown by the Rams to move up to get Brock Bowers may not have been as frequent or frantic as the video footage of draft day may have revealed.

What we can say, with or without the context to support our findings, is that the Rams clearly held Bowers, Murphy, Verse, and Fiske in very high regard. As a team only armed with the 19th and 52nd picks in the first two rounds, emerging with two of those four players in absolutely not a consolation prize.

Let's explore that fascination with two defenders from the same dominating 2023 NCAA defense: