The Los Angeles Rams made headlines over the weekend when they traded two first round picks and a third round pick for quarterback Matthew Stafford. Doing so has shifted the way the Rams front office think about the offseason that lies ahead. Presumably, with Stafford and John Wolford, there will be less of an emphasis on the backup quarterback position.
The Rams will be without on of their three third round picks that they had prior to the trade. They will keep both compensatory selections. With that said, let’s look at what the draft could look after the blockbuster trade.
57th Overall: Creed Humphrey, iOL, Oklahoma
If Creed Humphrey somehow falls to the Los Angeles Rams at 57, they will have hit the jackpot. The Rams invested a lot into the quarterback position and will now really need to focus on protecting him and surrounding him with the proper weapons. Humphrey is arguably the best center in the draft.
The Rams could bring back Austin Blythe who had a decent year at center and put Humphrey at guard for the time being or Humphrey could start immediately at center. Either way, this is an upgrade on the interior of the offensive line.
100th Overall: Demetric Felton, WR, UCLA
Felton’s stock skyrocketed after the Senior Bowl. This was one of the most impressive wide receivers down in Mobile last week. The Los Angeles Rams need speed and they need a playmaker on offense. Felton does just that. He played running back at UCLA, but lined up at receiver at the Senior Bowl and flourished. Get the ball in his hands and watch him do work.
In order for Felton to be successful at the next level, he’s going to need an offensive mind that can best utilize his skillset. He’s similar to Antonio Gibson in the sense that he can line up wherever you ask him to. Gibson found a role at running back and Felton could find a role at receiver. He could be what the Rams wanted Tavon Austin to be.
103rd Overall: Osa Odighizuwa, iDL, UCLA
Back-to-back players from UCLA? You bet. Felton brings speed to the Los Angeles Rams offense while Odighizuwa gives the Rams an athlete on their defensive line. Odighizuwa led the Senior Bowl in quarterback pressures with five and was Pro Football Focus’ highest graded defensive player.
The defensive lineman from UCLA can play anywhere along the defensive line. Odighizuwa would be a rotational player to start, but with Michael Brockers’ contract expiring at the end of next season, he could work himself into a starting position. The Rams are probably going to lose Morgan Fox in free agency which is the role that Odighizuwa would take in 2021.
138th Overall: Patrick Johnson, Edge, Tulane
How early the Los Angeles Rams address the edge position is going to depend on whether or not Leonard Floyd returns this season. If Floyd does not return, the Rams are going to have to address this position a lot earlier. If he does, you can take a player on day three to develop.
Johnson has good variety in the passing game and is also solid against the run. He won’t be a three-down player right away, but is someone that can be developed and take the role of Samson Ebukam.
205th Overall: Aashari Crosswell, S, Arizona St.
Crosswell fits the mold of safeties that the Los Angeles Rams like. As a day three pick he’s not going to start right away. In round two, I opted for Humphrey over Jevon Holland from Oregon. Crosswell had a very strong 2019 and did not play in 2020 because of COVID-19. The Draft Network noted that he’s very similar to Terrell Burgess who the Rams drafted last year.
The Arizona state defensive back can play back at safety or down in the slot at cornerback. With John Johnson III most likely leaving in free agency, the Rams need some safety depth. That’s exactly what Crosswell brings.
249th Overall: Trill Williams, CB, Syracuse
The Los Angeles Rams most likely will be losing Troy Hill to free agency. With the emergence of Darious Williams, there isn’t an immediate need to draft a cornerback on day two, but they should explore it on day three. David Long hasn’t impressed and behind him, the Rams don’t have a lot of depth. They’ve done a great job of developing undrafted players and will need to continue to do so.
Williams can play in the slot and on the outside. The Syracuse cornerback has speed and he has length. He also has a good nose for the football. Williams needs to improve in man coverage, but with some coaching he can become a very solid player.