When the Los Angeles Rams finally had a chance to draft in the 2018 NFL Draft, they decided that they were fine being patient and swapped picks with the Oakland Raiders, picking two picks later in the 3rd round.
OT Joe Noteboom provides some much needed depth on the offensive line, giving LT Andrew Whitworth a student to mentor. The more I think about this pick, I like it more and more. This is a year where the Rams can get creative. They feel like they have enough talent with the linebackers to not force a pick, so... cool.
Day two of the NFL Draft saw a run of offensive tackles and guards. And though it’s not a need, there’s still a lot of talent on the defensive line available on the board, most notably, Maurice Hurst from Michigan and Tim Settle from Virginia Tech.
But let’s take a quick look at...
This is the position that has the most talent right now, in my opinion — especially OLB. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Edge, Oklahoma, is still available, but probably not for long. I really want the Rams to get this guy. I’m expecting the Rams to trade up to get him. EDGE rushers Duke Ejiofor, Wake Forest and Josh Sweat from FSU are still waiting for their ugly hats. Also, Shaquem Griffin from Central Florida could be a great fit as well.
With the inside linebackers, there pool is a little more shallow. Josey Jewell from Iowa might be selected at the start of the 4th round, but the Rams could end up picking Tegray Scales from Indiana at the end of the fourth round.
A lot of talent fell off the draft board with the running back. The only guy I really like that’s left is Nyheim Hines out of North Carolina State.
Several cornerbacks were taken on Friday, but the safety position still has some diamonds in the rough. I really like Marcus Allen from Penn State, as well as DeShon Elliot out of Texas.
With three picks in the fourth round and five in the sixth, look for the Rams to draft a kicker or even a backup quarterback. Things are gonna get weird. Sit back and watch Les Snead play with house money!