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2023 NFL Draft Los Angeles Rams superlatives

Who’s most likely to contribute in 2023, and the least likely to pan out?

Los Angeles Rams Offseason Workout Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams were busier during the 2023 NFL Draft than they had been in recent years, coming away with 14 rookie prospects and then signing another 24 as part of their undrafted free agent class.

As they have in recent drafts, Los Angeles was primary focused on adding talent in the later rounds. The Rams have had success identifying contributors in this range, though it some of that luck has run out in recent years.

Which selection is the most likely to contribute right away, and which prospect is the least likely to pan out? Let’s dive into some superlatives surrounding LA’s 2023 draft class:

Round 2

Steve Avila, OG, TCU

Round 3

Byron Young, OLB, Tennessee

Kobie Turner, DT, Wake Forest

Round 4

Stetson Bennett, QB, Georgia

Round 5

Nick Hampton, OLB, Appalachian State

Warren McClendon, OT, Georgia

Davis Allen, TE, Clemson

Puka Nacua, WR, BYU

Round 6

Tre Tomlinson, CB, TCU

Ochaun Mathis, OLB, Nebraska

Round 7

Zach Evans, RB, Ole Miss

Ethan Evans, P, Wingate

Jason Taylor II, S, Oklahoma State

Desjuan Johnson, DL, Toledo

Which rookie is most likely the start?

That seems to be OG Steve Avila, who was selected with LA’s highest pick since the 2016 draft. Avila was considered one of the top guards in the overall draft class, and there’s a chance he solidifies a spot on the offensive line for years to come.

If you’re playing devil’s advocate, it’s worth mentioning that Les Snead and Sean McVay anointed Logan Bruss as a starting-caliber player after the 2022 draft, but he looked unprepared in the preseason before suffering a season-ending injury. There’s no such thing as a sure thing when it comes to projecting players from college to the NFL.

Los Angeles Rams Offseason Workout Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Which pick is the least likely to pan out?

While Tre Tomlinson seemed like a value selection in the sixth round, especially considering his pedigree as a Jim Thorpe award winning, his size is extremely concerning and could be a limiting factor on his NFL career. At 5-8, 180 lbs., Tomlinson will be outmatched physically against some professional receivers. Some draft analysts believe Tomlinson projects better as a slot corner, but he might not be able to hold up in the run game.

NFL Combine Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Who will be the best Ram in five years?

It doesn’t feel great to pick a punter for this question, but the sky seems to be the limit for Wingate’s Ethan Evans. At 6-3, 235 lbs. and with a fairly athletic profile, Evans has room to grow with an already powerful leg.

It remains to be seen whether Evans can turn potential into production, but if he figures it out he could make Los Angeles home for years to come.