Rams NFL Draft Pick Predictions & Odds | 2022 Draft Team Needs & Futures Bets
The Los Angeles Rams are fresh off of a Super Bowl win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Accordingly, their draft picks are few and far between. The team traded away their first-round pick this year in a package for Matthew Stafford, a second- and third-round selection for a Von Miller rental and a sixth-rounder for Sony Michel.
The team’s formula has always been the same under Sean McVay, which is to trade higher picks for established players and hit home runs on the later picks while also accumulating picks through the compensatory pick formula to use.
The Rams started a safety in the Super Bowl who was a seventh-round selection in 2019, a seventh-round selection at linebacker helped get them to the Super Bowl, an undrafted free agent started at cornerback, etc. The Rams, make no mistake about it, get the most bang for their buck when it comes to draft selections.
A repeat is not easy, so we’ll look at how they can ace this draft and gear up to make another run.
Rams NFL Draft Picks 2022
- Round 3, Pick 40 (104th Overall) — Compensatory
- Round 4, Pick 37 (142nd Overall) — Compensatory
- Round 5, Pick 32 (175th Overall)
- Round 6, Pick 32 (211th Overall) — Compensatory
- Round 6, Pick 33 (212th Overall) — Compensatory
- Round 6, Pick 39 (218th Overall) — Compensatory
- Round 7, Pick 17 (238th Overall, via MIA)
- Round 7, Pick 32 (253rd Overall)
The Rams have a few needs, but no major holes need to be addressed. With a handful of compensatory selections, Los Angeles will still have the opportunity to make the most of this year’s draft.
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Rams Team Needs 2022
The Rams lost starter Darious Williams at cornerback and are now left with some practice squad depth and Robert Rochell. This defense needs corner help to allow Jalen Ramsey to play the star role.
Los Angeles puts a premium on arm length. Additionally, the franchise typically prefers going after zone-friendly corners which fits their scheme. The players they pursue tend to be high-IQ players.
Perhaps they could look at players like Montaric Brown out of Arkansas or Coby Bryant out of Cincinnati in the third round should either of them fall.
2. EDGE Rusher
Von Miller left for Buffalo and the Rams did not replace him. While the team does have talented edge defenders in Justin Hollins, Terrell Lewis, Chris Garrett, and Earnest Brown IV, it’s important to have consistent pass rushing ability.
Leonard Floyd is on the other side, and Hollins was playing great until the injury last year, which brought in Miller via trade in the first place. Lewis hasn’t been able to stay healthy and Garrett didn’t play at all on the defensive side outside of special teams.
The Rams could look early on to acquire a pass rusher in an effort to add more confidence and insurance to the edge room.
3. Offensive Line
The Rams lost Andrew Whitworth to retirement and Austin Corbett via free agency. With right tackle Rob Havenstein slated to be a free agent next year as well as left guard David Edwards and backup Bobby Evans, one would have to look at adding some depth in the draft.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Rams chase the interior offensive line talent in this draft as early as the third round.
Rams May Also Consider Drafting: Running Back, Safety, Linebacker
Rams NFL Mock Draft Predictions 2022
- Round 3, Pick 40 (104th Overall): Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati
- Round 4, Pick 37 (142nd Overall): Lecitus Smith, IOL, Virginia Tech
- Round 5, Pick 32 (175th Overall): DeAngelo Malone, EDGE, Western Kentucky
More Possible Rams Draft Targets: Montaric Brown, CB, Arkansas; George Moore, OT, Oregon; D’Vonte Price, RB, Florida International; Amare Barno, EDGE, Virginia Tech; D’Marco Jackson, LB, Appalachian State
Rams NFL Draft Bets 2022
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