The Los Angeles Rams don’t have a first round pick in the NFL Draft this season, or until 2024 for that matter. For some fans, that makes the draft much less exciting until the draft gets closer and we get a feel for who may drop into the second round. As a self-diagnosed NFL Draft fanatic, I spend the majority of college football season scouting out draft prospects for my beloved Los Angeles Rams.
In fact, the only college games that I typically watch are either that of my favorite NCAA team, Notre Dame, or any game that has a draft prospect that the grapevine whispers is worth watching. We still have a ways to go this college football season, but I want to share five NFL Draft prospects that I think the Los Angeles Rams should consider with their second round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
1. Nicholas Petit-Frère, OT, Ohio State
Petit-Frere has been circulating around with other “Offensive Tackles to Watch” for the NFL Draft. Ohio State’s entire offensive line is actually very impressive this year, but Petit-Free stands out as being the “quiet giant”. While Petit-Frere joined Ohio State as the number one offensive tackle in the country in 2018, he did not actually start play until 2019. His coaches wanted him to take a redshirt year to gain weight and work on his gameplay.
Petit-Frere isn’t flashy by any means, but he’s consistent. He’s very strong, which makes it tough for opposing defenders to beat him. When you watch him, he quite simply “does his job” and moves on to the next play; which is exactly what you want in the NFL.
The Rams could be thin at tackle next season with Andrew Whitworth retiring and Joseph Noteboom hitting free agency. They could be in the tackle market in the draft.
2. Obinna Eze, OT, TCU
Eze is a starting left tackle, who transferred to TCU this season from Memphis. At Memphis, he started every game his sophomore and junior years at left tackle. Eze is incredibly appealing as a left tackle in the NFL Draft because of his size (6-8 and 334 pounds) and his durability.
While Eze should be able to start right away in the NFL, he might benefit from sitting a year or two behind someone else on the offensive line. He has a lot of raw talent, and has a lot of potential. In the Rams’ case, they could sign Noteboom to a one or two year deal which would allow Eze to develop.
3. Tyler Vrabel, OT, Boston College
Yes, Tyler Vrabel is the son of Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel. The same Vrabel who won three Super Bowls as a linebacker with the New England Patriots. So quite frankly, Vrabel has championship DNA in his blood.
Vrabel is a solid left tackle and the anchor of Boston College’s offensive line. While he’s a redshirt junior, it’s hard to deny his dominant presence on the field. He has a started almost every snap that he has been able to play at Boston College. If Vrabel decides to leave school for the NFL Draft in 2022, the Rams might be able to draft a future franchise left tackle in the second round.
4. Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
If you follow the Downtown Rams podcast, you know that I have been wanting the Rams to take a dominant middle linebacker in the NFL Draft for a couple years now. Lloyd is the starting middle linebacker for the University of Utah, and he would be an excellent addition to the Los Angeles Rams defense.
Lloyd has played in 39 career games with 25 starts, and had double-digit tackles for four straight games spanning 2020 and 2021. Remarkably, he’s the first Ute to do so since 2011. He made the transition to MAC linebacker in 2020, after starting all 14 games at rover linebacker in 2019.
Needless to say, Lloyd’s versatility, as well as his dominating presence in the middle of the field, should be very appealing to Los Angeles Rams fans.
5. Henry To’oto’o, LB, Alabama
To’oto’o was a National Top 50 recruit and in the Top-5 linebacker prospects in the United States in high school. He spent his first two seasons of college football at Tennessee, before transferring to Alabama. To’oto’o is the Tide’s starting middle linebacker and leads Alabama in tackles.
Despite drafting Earnest Jones last year, To’oto’o is another linebacker who would thrive in the Rams defense. He’s a consistent tackler who see’s the field well. Should he be available for the Rams to take in the second round of the NFL Draft, they should be very interested.