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2018 NFL Mock Draft finds a successor for Los Angeles Rams LT Andrew Whitworth

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Could the Rams use their first-round pick to find a successor to their aging left tackle?

UCLA LT Kolton Miller blocks against Hawaii, September, 9, 2017
UCLA LT Kolton Miller blocks against Hawaii, September, 9, 2017
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We’ve got a new mock draft, the first of the season, from Rotoworld’s Josh Norris today and with it a new question for the Rams.

For most of the mock drafts we’ve seen thus far, the Los Angeles Rams have been tied to bringing in a cornerback with their first-round pick. With CB Trumaine Johnson requiring a contract after two successive franchise tags and CB Kayvon Webster coming off of a season-ending Achilles injury, the Rams certainly are on unsteady ground on the CB depth chart.

But Norris’ mock poses a new question. Do the Rams need to use their first-round pick, their only pick of the first 85+ picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, on a successor to left tackle Andrew Whitworth?

Norris’ mock obviously answers that in the affirmative as the Rams get their man:

23. Los Angeles Rams: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

The Rams were one of, if not the, healthiest teams in the NFL last season, especially at offensive line. I cannot stress enough how important a good, healthy offensive line is. Groom a player to take over for the outstanding Andrew Whitworth down the road.

Is the left tackle position so important that the Rams need to spend their only premium draft pick this year on Whitworth’s replacement?