LA Rams: Ideal gameplan for the 2018 NFL Draft without a first-round pick

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Shaquem Griffin (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The LA Rams made yet another blockbuster move. In doing so, though, the team traded away their first-round pick; marking two consecutive years without one.

For the second consecutive season, the LA Rams are without a first-round pick. And quite frankly, the front office and the fans are likely just fine with that reality.

The Rams were without a first-round pick in last year’s draft due to the trade in 2016 that landed the Rams the first overall pick and eventually Jared Goff. Los Angeles sent four 2016 picks and two 207 picks to the Tennessee Titans to move up from 15 to one to draft Goff.

At the time, it was ridiculed. Even more so after Goff failed to impress his rookie year. However, now, I am sure there are no fans that are looking back shaking their heads at the deal.

The Rams did not trade up in the draft last year to lose their first-round pick this year. Instead, it is only a recent development that finds LA without a first-round pick.

The Los Angeles Rams acquired wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the New England Patriots in exchange for their first-round pick and a sixth-round pick. Los Angeles also got a fourth-round pick in the deal.

However, even after a stellar offseason, the LA Rams do have some minor holes to fill. Without a first-round pick — and still needing to re-sign Aaron Donald — those holes will become harder to plug.

Thus, here is our ideal gameplan for the Los Angeles Rams in the 2018 NFL Draft after trading away their first-round pick.