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What are the LA Rams draft picks and needs?

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It occurred to me that by chance there hasn’t been a post on Turf Show Times about what draft picks they actually have, due to the fact that the site was mostly dark at the end of the season. I want to briefly point out what draft picks they do have and then let you tell me what their most dire needs are to use those picks on.

The easy part:

2.52

3.82

4.114*

4.?* (compensatory for Rodger Saffold)

5.150* (from Ravens for Marcus Peters**)

6.177*

7.209*

*Actual pick number undetermined due to compensatory picks being added in

**unknown if the pick for Peters is Baltimore’s or Minnesota’s

It looks like the Rams will have seven picks, roughly picking 20th in each round except the first (Jalen Ramsey), and the fifth (Dante Fowler). They also get one fourth rounder as compensation for losing Saffold, according to prosportstransactions, and a fifth rounder as compensation in the Peters trade. That pick will either be the 24th or 27th pick of the fifth round.

Much of LA’s needs for Les Snead to consider will be based on what’s different or the same about the team after free agency in March. We know that they could be losing someone like Fowler or Cory Littleton or Greg Zuerlein. But they may also trade away a player that creates a need such as Todd Gurley or a receiver. They may also release a player to save space such as a cornerback. And they could be preparing for a future without a player such as Andrew Whitworth or even Jared Goff.

The Rams have needs now and they’ll have other needs in April. Even still, there are likely needs that everyone can agree on as priorities regardless.

Offensive line stands out as number one to many due to the issues they had there already, in addition to the age of players like Whitworth, who is also a free agent.

The Linebacker position not only includes three starters/regulars who are free agents (Fowler, Littleton, Bryce Hager) but a fourth (Clay Matthews) who could either be released or who is simply known as a guy that doesn’t have a ton of years left.

Defensive line needs reinforcements regardless, but Michael Brockers is a free agent likely on the way out.

A Cornerback to develop alongside Ramsey may take priority over a running back to step in for Gurley, though they may want more than only Darrell Henderson back there.

And if they see one, a Quarterback on day three might make sense as backup Blake Bortles is also a free agent.

Those are my initial thoughts. What are yours?

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What is the Rams top draft priority?

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  • 48%
    iOL
    (492 votes)
  • 30%
    OT
    (312 votes)
  • 4%
    OLB
    (50 votes)
  • 4%
    DE
    (48 votes)
  • 5%
    ILB
    (52 votes)
  • 0%
    CB
    (6 votes)
  • 2%
    QB
    (24 votes)
  • 0%
    S
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    RB
    (18 votes)
  • 1%
    WR
    (11 votes)
1015 votes total Vote Now

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What is the Rams number 2 draft priority?

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  • 27%
    iOL
    (222 votes)
  • 24%
    OT
    (196 votes)
  • 14%
    OLB
    (119 votes)
  • 14%
    DE
    (119 votes)
  • 13%
    ILB
    (105 votes)
  • 1%
    CB
    (11 votes)
  • 1%
    QB
    (11 votes)
  • 0%
    S
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    RB
    (16 votes)
  • 0%
    WR
    (2 votes)
802 votes total Vote Now

Poll

What is the Rams number 3 draft priority?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    iOL
    (95 votes)
  • 11%
    OT
    (91 votes)
  • 22%
    OLB
    (175 votes)
  • 20%
    DE
    (154 votes)
  • 18%
    ILB
    (145 votes)
  • 5%
    CB
    (42 votes)
  • 2%
    QB
    (19 votes)
  • 1%
    S
    (9 votes)
  • 3%
    RB
    (27 votes)
  • 1%
    WR
    (8 votes)
765 votes total Vote Now