The Los Angeles Rams have eight picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, but don’t select until 104th overall. With that said, they may need some luck for players that they have their eyes on to fall that far in the draft. Here’s a wishlist of five items that Les Snead could be hoping for over the weekend.
1. CB Cam Taylor-Britt falls to 104th overall
Cam Taylor-Britt is an exciting cornerback talent and a perfect fit for the Rams. Taylor-Britt from an athletic standpoint compares to Janoris Jenkins and Brandon McGee. Les Snead drafted both players. The issue is that Britt-Taylor may not make it to 104th overall. A lot of mock drafts have Britt going in the early 3rd-round. For Taylor-Britt to fall, Les Snead may just need some luck.
2. A starting duo of Dominique Robinson and Zyon McCollum
The Los Angeles Rams’ first two picks come at 104th and 142nd overall. That’s a 41 pick gap. With that said, there’s a good chance that both of these players are available at 104, but the other is gone by 142. It would be an ideal scenario for the Rams to draft one at 104 and the other to last until 142 where the Rams can end up with both. If that’s the case, they would end up with a high-upside edge rusher and one of the most athletic cornerbacks in the draft who is also a great fit.
3. The Los Angeles Rams are able to trade back and collect more picks
The Los Angeles Rams may not trade back at 104 or 142. However, there will come a point where the Rams may look to trade back. They currently have eight picks, but in three of the last four drafts, Snead has selected at least nine times. If the Rams could end up with around 10 picks, that would be ideal. They pick at 211, 212, and 218. My guess is that the Rams won’t be making all of those picks at their designated spot.
4. Matt Araiza Falls to the 6th Round
There’s no doubt that this is a deep punter class. With that said, while there are “generational” punters like Matt Araiza, teams might hold back on drafting him, knowing that there are other very good punters if he is off the board. There’s not a huge drop-off in talent after Araiza which could force him to fall. If he’s there in the sixth round, the Rams should absolutely pounce.
5. The Los Angeles Rams Draft Some Quality OL Depth
The Los Angeles Rams lost quality starters in Andrew Whitworth and Austin Corbett. While the Rams will fill those positions in with Joe Noteboom and Coleman Shelton, they will get thin behind them. The players that were depth last season now become starters. This is a very good offensive line class. The Rams could draft players like Dohnovan West, Joshua Ezeudu, or Luke Fortner and end up with a quality player.
6. Draft Some Versatile Weapons For Sean McVay
While defense will be the focus for most Los Angeles Rams fans, don’t be surprised if the Rams do bring in offensive talent. Tyler Badie is a versatile running back who can line up anywhere. He’s a great pass catcher and physical runner who would add another element to the running back room. The Rams would save money by cutting Tyler Higbee next offseason. Drafting someone like Cade Otton early will certainly be on the table. James Cook would also be a fun piece in the Sean McVay offense and is someone that the team has met with.
7. End up With Quality Players Who Fit The Culture
Last and certainly not least, Les Snead will hope to end up with quality players who fit the culture that the Rams have built. Ernest Jones fit that bill last season and Robert Rochell has potential. The year before, they ended up with Cam Akers and Van Jefferson early and then Jordan Fuller late. Fuller and Jones are two guys who fit the culture and will be leaders moving forward. The same can be said for Akers. In order to repeat, the Rams need more of those players and guys that can fill specific roles.