The NFL announced yesterday that former team legends would announce each team’s picks on Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft with one legend assigned to each round.
For the Los Angeles Rams, it will be two offensive line greats as Orlando Pace will announce the picks from the second round while Jackie Slater covers Round 3. Of course, the announcement is a bit unusual for the Rams as they currently don’t have a second-round pick in their arsenal:
2019 NFL Draft LA Rams Order
|2||61||29||Via Chiefs||Taylor Rapp||S||Washington|
|3||70||6||Via Buccaneers||Darrell Henderson||RB||Memphis|
|3||79||15||Via Falcons||David Long||CB||Michigan|
|3||97||33||Via Patriots||Bobby Evans||OL||Oklahoma|
|4||134||32||Via Patriots||Greg Gaines||DT||Washington|
|5||169||31||Rams pick||David Edwards||OT||Wisconsin|
|7||243||29||Via Patriots||Nick Scott||S||Penn State|
|7||251||37||Comp pick||Dakota Allen||LB||Texas Tech|
Some took the news as a potential sign that the Rams were trading back from the 31st overall pick into the second round necessitating Pace’s involvement.
At a minimum, the league is just covering their bases to have a legend for each round per their statement:
In the NFL’s continuous effort to connect the game’s greats with the next generation of stars, 64 NFL Legends and active players will add to the excitement of the 2019 NFL Draft by announcing various selections and participating in festivities in Nashville.
Round 2 Draft selections will be announced by previous NFL club first-round picks, while Round 3 will be announced by players who were drafted in later rounds.
In addition to announcing NFL Draft selections, players will be on-site to mentor the prospects and give back to the city of Nashville through participation in a variety of community service events.
We’ll have to see if Pace gets the chance to take the podium on April 26.
Pace was drafted first overall by the then-St. Louis Rams in 1997 before anchoring the offensive line for the Greatest Show on Turf. He played 12 seasons for the Rams before one final year with the Chicago Bears. Pace’s induction into the Hall of Fame in 2016 caused a bit of controversy when he thanked fans in St. Louis and the NFL cut that section of his remarks out in the video they uploaded just seven months after the franchise had relocated back to LA.
Slater was a rock for the Rams playing 20 seasons — 19 in LA and the Rams’ first in St. Louis in 1995. A third-round pick from the 1976 NFL Draft, Slater joined the HOF in 2001.