For Los Angeles Rams fans, it’s time to start looking ahead to the offseason. Here, we have our official Rams 2023 mock Draft.
The Rams were officially eliminated from postseason contention with their loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 15. At 4-10, the Rams are on pace for the worst Super Bowl defense in NFL history.
If this organization wants to get back on track and contend in 2023 and beyond, then this offseason will be an important one.
The Rams will be depending on getting a number of key players back from injury, of course, but they also will have to use their limited resources wisely to improve the roster.
Due to the Matthew Stafford trade, the Rams’ first-round draft pick in 2023 will be going to the Detroit Lions.
While some more comp picks should be coming once the offseason starts, the Rams currently hold six picks in the 2023 NFL Draft starting in the second round. Considering L.A. has a number of needs to address, they will need to find impact players on Days 2 and 3 of the draft to replenish their young talent base.
So with that, here is the first Rams 2023 mock draft!
Second Round (No. 35 overall): Offensive Tackle Broderick Jones, Georgia
Offensive line is by far the Rams’ biggest need, so drafting anything else with their top pick in the second round would be malpractice in my opinion.
Jones’ athleticism and quickness give him a very high ceiling as a tackle in the NFL. He allowed just two sacks his sophomore year and none this year as Georgia’s left tackle. Jones still has some development to go through to be successful at the next level, but he has all the traits the Rams could want for an offensive lineman,
Third Round (No. 67 overall): EDGE Derick Hall, Auburn
In addition to offensive line, the Rams also need to add some pass rushers. After letting Von Miller walk in free agency, the Rams were hoping that Terrell Lewis and Justin Hollins would fill the void opposite Leonard Floyd. Neither are even in the organization anymore though, so this is a position the Rams have to address in free agency or the draft.
Over the last three seasons at Auburn, Hall has 28 tackles for loss and 19.5 sacks. His biggest strength is his ability to be quick and locate the football, which should help in both the run and pass game.
Sixth Round (No. 163 overall): Tight End Zack Kuntz, Old Dominion
The Rams still have Tyler Higbee under contract in 2023, but outside of him, none of the tight ends they have drafted in recent years have panned out.
Kuntz is an absolute mountain of a man at 6’8″ and 245 pounds and has played at Old Dominion the last couple of seasons after starting at Penn State. His best season was in 2021 when he hauled in 73 passes for 692 yards and five touchdowns.
Kuntz was limited to just five games this season but would give the Rams a big red zone target, which is an area they’ve struggled in the last couple of seasons.
Sixth Round (No. 173 overall): Offensive Tackle Jordan McFadden, Clemson
As previously stated, the Rams have a massive need on the offensive line so I’m going back to the well here and taking another tackle in McFadden.
He does have some versatility with the ability to play both guard and tackle, which is what makes him appealing for L.A. given their other question marks on the offensive line.
Sixth Round (No. 179 overall): Wide Receiver Jake Bobo, UCLA
As a UCLA fan, this is admittedly a homer pick. But I actually think Bobo would be a nice fit with the Rams.
The one thing L.A.’s receiver room has lacked the last few years is a big target that can make contested catches, especially in the red zone. Bobo fits that billing at 6’5″ and 215 pounds and is coming off a career year, finishing with 54 receptions for 789 yards and seven touchdowns as UCLA’s top target.
Seven Round (No. 206 overall): Cornerback Cory Trice, Purdue
The Rams love drafting defensive backs and considering none of the guys they drafted last year like Cobie Durant Durant, Derion Kendrick and Russ Yeast have truly emerged, I can see them throwing another dart at a cornerback in the late rounds.
Trice has good size at 6’3″ and is an exceptional tackler, an area the Rams secondary struggles in. He also has had some success in press coverage, which the Rams like to do but have not had the personnel to execute.