The Los Angeles Rams were just one win away from ending the 2018 season with the Lombardi Trophy in hand.
Despite being one of the most explosive offenses all year, the Rams put up just three points in a 13–3 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII. With Josh Rosen healthy and a number of capable pass-catchers, Sean McVay will likely turn his attention to a depleted offensive line heading into 2019. Los Angeles lost two of their most consistent offensive linemen, including Roger Saffold, in free agency. How Los Angeles adjusts may have implications for one of the league's best offenses.
During last year's draft, the Rams selected offensive lineman Joseph Noteboom out of TCU with the No. 89 overall pick.
How will they use their picks in this year's NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
Here's the full list of picks the Rams hold in the 2018 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 2, Pick 29 (No. 61 overall): Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
Andy Benoit's grade: A-
The Rams could be shifting to more dime packages, as they’re thin at inside linebacker and now deep at safety, with the rookie likely to play behind John Johnson and Eric Weddle. Rapp plays faster than he timed in the pre-draft process, and will likely become a versatile piece in a Rams scheme that’s slated to expand in 2019.
Round 3, Pick 6 (No. 70 overall): Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
Andy Benoit's grade: A-
Henderson is not here to replace Rams star RB Todd Gurley, but he is definitely here to spell him. Gurley’s knee is a long-term concern and his performance fell off drastically last season, so the Rams likely view this as an upgrade at both Henderson’s and Gurley’s spots.
Round 3, Pick 13 (No. 79 overall): David Long, CB, Michigan
Andy Benoit's grade: B-
The Rams have said they want to sign Marcus Peters, who’s in the final year of his deal, to a long-term contract, but could drafting Long mean the end is near for Aqib Talib, whose contract expires after this season? Some see Long as a slot corner, but his physical press-man style might translate effectively to the outside.
Round 3, Pick 34 (No. 97 overall): Bobby Evans, T, Oklahoma
Andy Benoit's grade: B
With long arms, Evans is built like a true offensive tackle. That’s not to say he can’t play guard—but if he is indeed a tackle, it likely means the Rams plan on moving their presumed tackle of the future, 2018 third-round pick Joe Noteboom, inside. Something to keep an eye on.
Round 4, Pick 32 (No. 134 overall): Greg Gaines, DT, Washington
Round 5, Pick 31 (No. 169 overall): David Edwards, T, Wisconsin
Round 7, Pick 29 (No. 243 overall): Nick Scott, S, Penn St.
Round 7, Pick 37 (No. 251 overall): Dakota Allen, LB, Texas Tech
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