Who did LA Rams pass by at 36 in the 2023 NFL Draft?

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The LA Rams created a minor tremor under the feet of the LA Rams fans with the first selection made in Round 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft. The reason for the seismic activity for the LA Rams fanbase is that for the first time in the LA Rams draft since hiring Sean McVay as the LA Rams head coach, the Rams have opted to invest in their offensive line with the 36th overall pick of the 2023 NFL Draft.

The instant analysis of Avila's fit on the LA Rams roster uncovered a cornucopia of positive blurps. He is a snarler who loves to block, and has a solid reputation for getting and holding his pass block, not surrrendering a single sack in all of the 2022 NFL season. Best of all, he can play at any of the three Rams interior offensive line positions. That may have been the edge that told the Rams on him

NFL Draft Buzz. 51. NFL Draft Profile. Interior offensive lineman. TCU. Steve Avila. 36. player

But who did the LA Rams pass by with that selection? After all, sometimes the true cost of an NFL Draft selection is the opportunity cost. What is opportunity cost? The cost associated with the alternative options of an investment. So what was the opportunity cost of selecting Steve Avilla? The Rams did not select Florida guard O'Cyrus Torrence or Minnesota center John-Michael Schmitz:

The truth of the matter is that John Michael Schmitz and O'Cyrus Torerence are two of the under-the-radar offensive linemen in the 2023 NFL Draft who many draft experts considered to be the best prospects for their respective positions.

NFL Draft Buzz. 36. NFL Draft Profile. Minnesota . John Michael Schmitz. player. 51. Offensive center

51. NFL Draft Profile. 36. player. NFL Draft Buzz. Offensive guard. Florida. O'Cyrus Torrence

So why did the LA Rams go with Steve Avila? With Avila, the LA Rams did not need to chose either or. Rather, the Rams get an interior offensive lineman who can start anywhere between the offensive tackles.

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Why choose one position when there was an option to address up to three positions with one player?