The Los Angeles Rams are officially eliminated from the playoffs and now all attention goes to the 2023 NFL Draft. With compensatory picks, the Rams are set to have nine picks next April. With the first selection currently set for 34th overall, meaning they should be able to get a quality starter to help Matthew Stafford, fresh off of his official non-retirement announcement. Let’s take a look at mock draft post-playoff elimination
34th Overall - OC John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota
The Rams need to find some consistency at center this offseason. While Brian Allen plays well when he’s on the field, he’s consistently been injured. John Michael Schmitz is one of, if not the best center in the country. Taking a player like Schmitz just might make up for passing on Creed Humphrey in 2021.
John Michael Schmitz - #60 Minnesota— Landon Oliver (@Landon3MR) December 6, 2022
- MEGA DAWG
- Dude just absolutely annihilates people in the run game. Finishes with hate.
- Good size and power. Explosive off the line.
- Intelligent in stunt/twist pickup and blitz recognition
- SUPER DAWG pic.twitter.com/DlRTbzytvw
68th Overall - TE Tucker Kraft, South Dakota State
The Rams need depth and a future at the tight end position. Tyler Higbee hasn’t played well in 2022 and behind him, the Rams really only have Brycen Hopkins. Hopkins had more catches in the Super Bowl than he has in all of 2022. Kraft can block and creates mismatches as a pass-catcher. He’s a versatile player that can line up anywhere along the offensive formation, making him a player Sean McVay could have a lot of fun with.
South Dakota State TE Tucker Kraft on the opening play of the FCS Semis! pic.twitter.com/q6CVFfwfkk— Cory (@realcorykinnan) December 19, 2022
5th Round Comp Pick - OT Cody Mauch, North Dakota State
The Rams need to add some attitude and toughness to the offensive line. That’s what they would be getting with Cody Mauch. Trevor Penning, Cole Strange, and Braxton Smith have each found success in the NFL this season after coming from the FCS. Dillon Radunz came out of North Dakota State and has done well also. He’s a very good lateral mover and quickly gets to the second level.
My Cody Mauch (LT for NDSU) scouting report has been finished for weeks.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) December 12, 2022
His tape study is for pure enjoyment now. #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/6I3b7LAXUV
5th Round Comp Pick - WR Zakhari Franklin, UTSA
The Rams may not need a wide receiver, but it would not be surprising to see them take one. I could see McVay really liking Franklin’s game. He’s an absolute technician. He’s a good route runner and therefore is able to create separation and is simply a reliable target. He’s the type of depth receiver that the Rams have been lacking.
Really impressed by @UTSAFTBL WR Zakhari Franklin— Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) September 8, 2021
Converted multiple 3rd and longs in win vs. Illinois - just knows how to separate and catches everything pic.twitter.com/RbFHczK2sZ
168th Overall - DT Colby Wooden, Auburn
This offseason the Rams could lose both A’Shawn Robinson and Greg Gaines. Hopefully they can bring one back, but it’s possible they let both walk. Even if they do keep one, they'll need to add depth. Wooden is similar to Michael Hoecht in the sense that he can play inside at the three-technique or outside at a five-technique. The Rams like versatile defensive linemen and Wooden fits that bill.
Whoa! Colby Wooden! pic.twitter.com/rTmfs9uFIj— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) October 1, 2022
177th Overall - CB Garrett Williams, Syracuse
You could make a strong case that the Rams should take a cornerback with their first pick in the second round. They need to rebuild their secondary outside of Jalen Ramsey. Cobie Durant will develop and is likely better suited as a third cornerback. The Rams may need to sign someone in free agency. Still, they’ll need to draft a player to compete with Derion Kendrick and replace David Long.
Like taking candy from a baby for Garrett Williams. He’s been the star for Syracuse tonight with this INT, a huge PBU, and a fumble recovery. One of the top CBs in the 2023 NFL Draft class is showing out on a Friday night. pic.twitter.com/Z9IbRXmelY— Bobby Football (@Rob__Paul) September 24, 2022
183rd Overall - RB Roschon Johnson, Texas
For four years Brian Robinson was buried on the Alabama depth chart behind Damien Harris, Najee Harris, Josh Jacobs and Bo Scarbrough. He had just one season as the lead back. Bijan Robinson might have been the guy at Texas, but that doesn’t mean that Johnson also isn’t good. If the Rams found a way to select him late, it’s very possible he ends up being a very good value.
If Bijan Robinson didn't exist, we would be talking about Roschon Johnson a LOT more. 6'2" 220 lbs back with speed, physicality, agility, and receiving ability. pic.twitter.com/ky2wxS9QOQ— Jon Helmkamp (@JonHelmkamp) December 10, 2022
6th Round Comp Pick - S Sydney Brown, Illinois
The Rams will need to take a safety in the upcoming draft. While Nick Scott or Taylor Rapp will return, there’s no chance both of them are brought back. The Rams will have Russ Yeast, but they will need to add some depth. Brown could make an immediate impact on special teams.
Illinois S Sydney Brown with his 4th INT in the last three games pic.twitter.com/l5FjkonHw4— RanDynasty (@ran_dynasty) November 5, 2022
211th Overall - QB Jake Haener, Fresno State
After experiencing John Wolford and Bryce Perkins this season, the Rams need to invest in the backup quarterback position in 2023. Haener may not be a top prospect, but he’s been very productive at the college level. He may not have the ceiling of a top prospect, but he can be a good backup behind Matthew Stafford.
Jake Haener is unbelievable— Sidelines - FresnoState (@SSN_FresnoState) December 17, 2022