What will the LA Rams do with the 19th overall pick of the 2024 NFL Draft?

2023 NFL Draft - Rounds 2-3
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Trade up

The next scenario under consideration is the opportunity to trade up for a uniquely talented player at a position of extreme need and or interest for the team. The same reasons and logic apply to this scenario as any trade scenario: The front office views the return from such a trade as being greater value than the cost of that trade. So which rookie prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft might be viewed by the team as worth the cost of trading up?

Without direct knowledge of how the team is setting up their draft board, anything available right now is speculation.But even speculation can hold some truth if the process involves multiple trade targets, and the logic behind trading up is available for discussion and critiquing.

That was the approach we took when compiling our 7 prospects Rams would trade up to get article several weeks ago. In each situation, the argument to trading up presumes that the team loves that prospect and believes that prospect will never fall to the 19th overall selection. Of course, one final condition that is understood but not directly stated is the fact that the Rams must identify another team holding a draft pick higher than they do who are willing to trade back and not claim that highly valued rookie prospect for themselves.

Therein lies the rub.

While trades happen frequently in any draft, the occurance is predicated on a team seeking to trade up finding and agreeing to terms with a team that wants to trade back. In Round 1 of any NFL Draft, it's the team seeking the opportunity to trade back that often holds the advantage.

Will an elite-tier prospect fall to within reach of the Rams on Day 1? We can point to such descents in almost every draft in history. Yet, will a player who is falling be one that is targeted by the Rams? That may be the more unlikely factor.