The Los Angeles Rams always seem to have something up their sleeve. General Manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay know one speed- full throttle- and are constantly willing to make big moves to maximize their title window. Last season, though, produced an avalanche of warning signs that this current era of LA football might be nearing its end.
True to form, the organization considered making a big splash at the 2023 NFL Draft. The Rams “discussed trading up into the first round for five different players, all on offense,” according to The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue. Ultimately, the team stayed at No. 36 and selected TCU guard Steve Avila to address their most glaring weakness. But fans can only imagine who they considered jumping up to get in April.
The first round saw multiple wide receivers and quarterbacks go off the board, both of which figure to be needs for the franchise either now or in the long-term. Cooper Kupp still amasses substantial receptions and yards, despite not having a strong No. 2 lining up to take some of the defensive pressure off him. And the Rams grabbed two-time national champion QB Stetson Bennett in the fourth round as a potential answer to the oft-injured and aging Matthew Stafford. Will this safer course of action allow the team to be competitive next season, though?
Or will they repeat last year's bleak 5-12 campaign? LA has worked to improve its feeble offensive line and should have less injury troubles just based on probability. Stafford is reportedly fully healthy after suffering a spinal contusion in 2022. McVay is desperate to not remain in the NFC basement. A turnaround is realistic.
But by not completing any of these rumored trades, the Rams have potentially delayed a rebuild that may happen anyways. Another flop this season could have the front office deeply regretting not making a big move at the NFL Draft.