The LA Rams had a superb 2023 NFL Draft, and by all accounts, the Rams are lining up to have an opportunity to emerge from the 2024 NFL Draft with an even more impressive rookie class. At least, that is how the 2024 NFL Draft is lining up now that the Rams have a pretty good idea of how they may be impacted by any awarded compensatory 2024 NFL Draft picks.
Of course, several factors have occurred that have impacted the LA Rams 2024 NFL Draft picks, both with their originally allotted picks, plus the salaries of 2023 free agents lost by the Rams. But the hiring of LA Rams Defensive Coordinator Raheem Morris has triggered the compensatory incentive of the NFL Rooney Rule.
So what factors had impacted the Rams original 2024 NFL Draft Pick allotment? They are as follows:
- Rams trade Round 4 pick to Steelers: The LA Rams agreed to acquire IOL Kevin Dotson from the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the terms of that trade, the Steelers agreed to send the Rams IOL Kevin Dotson, the Steelers' Round 5 pick in 2024 and Round 6 pick in 2025, and in return, the Rams would send their Round 4 pick in 2024, and Round 5 pick in 2025, to the Steelers
- Rams trade Round 6 pick to Bills: To move up in the 2023 NFL Draft, The LA Rams agreed to send their Round 7 pick in 2023, and Round 6 pick in 2024 to the Buffalo Bills, in exchange for a 2023 Round 6 pick in 2023
- Rams trade Round 7 pick to Broncos: To acquire LB Kenny Young from the LA Rams, the Denver Broncos agreed to send their Round 6 pick in 2024 to the LA Rams, in exchange for Kenny Young and the Rams Round 7 pick to the Broncos.
Nothing is final in the final order of the 2024 NFL Draft until the annual NFL Team Owner's meeting. At that time, the proposed annual compensatory draft picks are presented to ownership and ratified at that meeting. Because the algorithms used to arrive at those compensatory picks are complex and can change with revisions to compensation for players, any projections for awarded compensatory draft picks should be taken with a grain of salt.
Still, sites like Over the Cap.com have gotten quite sophisticated in their model that replicates many of the NFL's methods. The models have become so close in their ability to forecast that the NFL's website will refer to those projections themselves.
And so, we are left to answer the question, what are the LA Rams' future draft picks? Let's start answering that question right now: