With the Los Angeles Rams sitting at 6-7 and one game out of the NFC playoff picture, the focus on the drafted and shifted slightly from where it was a month ago. With that said, the Rams are set to select in the first round for the first time since Sean McVay has been the head coach. As Los Angeles continues to win, it’s not a bad thing to see how their pool changes as they enter a different part of the draft board.
ESPN’s Matt Miller released his latest mock draft on Tuesday. With the 15th overall pick in 2024 NFL Draft, Miller has the Rams selecting Oklahoma offensive tackle Tyler Guyton. Here’s what Miller had to say,
“The Rams might have found a left tackle of the future with Alaric Jackson, but the right side has been an issue this season with Rob Havenstein manning the position. Guyton — a raw but highly mobile blocker — is my pick for who will be the position’s biggest riser during the pre-draft process. The former defensive lineman is still learning to play offensive tackle, but his agility in space as a run-blocker is fantastic, and his length in pass protection is ideal for a rookie starter.”
If the takeaway from the Rams offensive line this season is that Rob Havenstein and the right side has been the issue, I do question if we’re watching the same games. Analysis aside, offensive tackle will be a need for the Rams in the upcoming draft. However, Guyton may give some fans flashbacks to Jason Smith and Greg Robinson.
Both Smith and Robinson were former first-round selections by the Rams. Smith was tight end who converted to left tackle and was dominant at Baylor. Meanwhile, Robinson was seen as an elite athlete, but overall developmental prospect with a high ceiling.
Converted defensive lineman still learning how to play offensive tackle likely won’t be high on the list for many Rams fans given the team’s history.
In Miller’s draft, he had Notre Dame’s Joe Alt going ninth overall. If Alt were to fall that far, it is worth wondering if Snead would make a move and trade up in that situation. However, JC Latham and Taliese Fugal each went later in the first-round and would seemingly be better fits for the Rams.
Aside from offensive tackle, Alabama cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry went the next pick to the Indianapolis Colts at 16 overall. ESPN’s Sarah Bishop wrote this week in a draft intel column,
“The Rams have several spots they could target, but after moving on from several veterans on the defensive side of the ball during the offseason, it could make sense for them to go for the best defensive player available in April.”
It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Rams target the cornerback position in the draft to try and add some talent to the secondary. Miller also had edge rushers Laitu Latu and Chop Robinson go 23rd and 24th overall. Los Angeles could certainly take an edge rusher in this situation as well to give Aaron Donald some help.
There’s still over four months until the draft. However, mock drafts at this point in the season do provide a live look at the caliber of prospect that the Rams could be looking at as they move in the draft order every week.