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Drafting for the Future: Assessing the Rams’ Picks and Potential Impact Players

The majority of the Los Angeles Rams’ key players are either nearing the end of their careers, like Matthew Stafford, Aaron Donald, and Cooper Kupp, or are just beginning their journey.

As younger talents like receiver Puka Nacua and running back Kyren Williams strive to lead their more experienced teammates to success, it becomes crucial for the team to strike a balance between acquiring players who can make an immediate impact and those who can contribute to the team’s long-term success. General manager Les Snead faces this challenge as he prepares to make his first first-round pick since 2016. How does Luke Easterling’s three-round mock draft set up the Rams for success?

In Easterling’s scenario, the Rams’ first Day 1 selection since 2016 is Florida State edge rusher Jared Verse. Despite previously being projected in the top half of the first round, Verse’s stock has settled around the 19th pick, where the Rams currently stand. According to Easterling, Verse is a versatile player who can make an immediate impact. The Rams are in dire need of a strong pass rusher opposite Byron Young, who performed well as a rookie in 2023. Adding Verse without compromising their run defense would be a significant improvement. With the 52nd pick, the Rams select BYU offensive tackle Kingsley Suamataia. Suamataia might only start if Alaric Jackson leaves in free agency, but he could also fill in at right tackle in the future, potentially replacing Rob Havenstein.

Suamataia is explosive and excels as a dominant blocker, complementing head coach Sean McVay’s offensive strategy. While there are some technical aspects of his game that need refinement, there is optimism about his ongoing development.

Although Suamataia might not immediately see as much playing time as Verse, he could become a crucial part of both the Rams’ short-term and long-term plans if he falls out of the top 50. If Tulane quarterback Michael Pratt becomes the Rams’ third-round pick, the team will hope he doesn’t need to take the field in the near future. However, this doesn’t mean it’s a poor choice.

The Rams currently lack a clear successor to Matthew Stafford, and the importance of the backup quarterback position was evident this season. With uncertainty surrounding Carson Wentz’s return, Pratt offers a solid option as a backup. While he may not have Stafford’s exceptional arm talent, Pratt is proficient within the team’s structure and shows promise as a passer when situations become chaotic. While Pratt may not be the ultimate solution for the Rams, he represents a reliable choice considering his selection position.

Yachiga Tavershima
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