The tantalizing thing about the Rams drafting their next QB. If not now, when?

Los Angeles Rams Offseason Workout, Matthew Stafford, Brett Rypien, Stetson Bennett
Los Angeles Rams Offseason Workout, Matthew Stafford, Brett Rypien, Stetson Bennett / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/GettyImages
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When the LA Rams ended the 2022 NFL season, the future of the Rams quarterback position seemed rather bleak. Veteran starting quarterback Matthew Stafford had been beaten to a pulp, In just nine games that year, he was sacked 29 times and threw eight interceptions. His record with the Rams was just 3-6, but he completed 206 of 303 passes for 2,087 yards and 10 touchdowns. But he was injured, weary, and a bit mortal. In the 2023 NFL Draft, the Rams did in fact draft a rookie quarterback, former Georgia QB Stetson Bennett.

But the thing is, even as I am confident in the LA Rams coaching staff and their ability to somehow salvage the NFL career of Stetson Bennett in 2024, the LA Rams find themselves between a rock and a hard place.

The Rams front office cannot go all-in on a quarterback while Matthew Stafford is still, well, . . . Matthew Stafford. He performed so well in 2023 that he earned the second Pro Bowl nod of his career. He also was named as a finalist for the NFL Comeback Player of the Year as well. In so many ways, the restoration of Stafford in 2023 was the keystone to the Rams' offensive output.

With Stafford supercharging the Rams offense in 2023, nobody in the Rams front office wants to send him the wrong message by drafting his eventual replacement. But the Rams cannot, and should not, overlook just how quickly their season flipped in 2022. A prolonged injury to Stafford, or even a poorly timed one, could derail the Rams season at any point in time.

Unless the Rams have a suitable and talented backup quarterback, the Rams run far too great of a risk than they should. With an abundance of young promising quarterback prospects appearing in the 2024 NFL Draft, this could be an ideal time for the LA Rams to draft their quarterback of the future.

While some may not be convinced, the question then becomes: If not now, when?