For the first time since 2016, the LA Rams scouting crew and personnel executives have reason to show up on Day 1 of the annual 3-day NFL Draft event. This is the year that many NFL fans, analysts, commentators, and pundits have awaited, With their first pick of the NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams select . . .
The question is, after an eight year wait, will it be worth it? I believe so, yes. The thing is, we have little concrete evidence to base any assertions about the Rams Round 1 draft strategy upon, because quite frankly this is all uncharted territory. The only time that the team did hold a first round pick was the 2019 NFL Draft.
The front office accepted an offer to trade back that year, packaging the 31st and 203rd overall picks to the Atlanta Falcons to acquire the 45th and 79th overall picks. The Falcons then opted to select OT Kaleb McGary. And the trade gave the Rams draft board an opportunity to select someone in Round 2, while adding a third pick in Round 3.
So trading back is clearly an option for the team. But what about trading up? Well, after the 2023 NFL Draft, the team showed significant interest in doing exactly that. Several sources reported after the draft on Rams rumors of attempts to trade from early in Round 2 into Round 1. Reported targets for the Rams were either Clemson Edge Myles Murphy or Utah TE Dalton Kincaid. Just for the record, it all worked out for the best.
DE Myles Murphy was selected 28th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals, appearing in 17 games and recording 20 tackles and 3.0 quarterback sacks. TE Dalton Kincaid was selected 25th overall by the Buffalo Bills, appearing in 16 games with 11 starts, catching 73 of 91 passes thrown his way for 673 yards and two touchdowns. Both made positive impacts for their respective teams, but trading up would have cost the Rams ability to select IOL Steve Avila, WR Puka Nacua, and very likely TE Davis Allen.,
But does anyone in the personnel department regret letting either 2023 Round 1 prospect get away? If so, the 2024 NFL Draft could be the occasion for those draft scouts or personnel executives draw a line in the sand. So which rookie prospects could prompt such a face off in this draft? We have identified seven prospects who could evoke a passionate plea to trade up and get there.
Now, let's see who they are. For more information, I recommend turning to the website NFL Draft Buzz 2024 Big Board to see more about these fine prospects.
7 Round 1 prospects who could cause LA Rams draft to trade up
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