Los Angeles Rams: Prince Wanogho would be a great second-round pick

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 31: Prince Tega Wanogho #76 of the Auburn Tigers during the Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 31: Prince Tega Wanogho #76 of the Auburn Tigers during the Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

The Los Angeles Rams do not have a first-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft and instead have to wait until pick No. 52 to make a selection.

The Los Angeles Rams have not had a first-round pick in the NFL Draft since the team traded up to select Jared Goff with the first overall pick in 2016. In the three drafts since, the Rams have traded their first-round pick in some capacity, which includes this year, as the team’s 2020 first-round pick was traded to Jacksonville for Jalen Ramsey.

In fact, the team also traded its first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft for Ramsey as well, which barring any movement up the board, will mark five consecutive years without a first-round pick in the draft.

This now seems like a pretty big issue for the Los Angeles Rams as last season showcased some pretty big flaws on the roster. While the team still finished with a 9-7 record, the offensive line took a massive step back, and as a result, Jared Goff started to prove his critics right.

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The team’s biggest need heading into the offseason, with practically no room to spend on free agents, is the offensive line. Thus, it is safe to assume that the Rams are going to be picking a lineman when the team’s name is finally called with pick No. 52.

And if we had to make a way-too-early best-case scenario pick, the guy we are going with is Prince Wanogho out of Auburn.

Wanogho would be a huge pick, both literally and figuratively. Wanogho is one of the tallest tackles in the draft this year, standing in at six-foot-seven, while weighing 305 pounds, according to his Auburn player profile page.

Wanagho is in a familiar situation that we see time and time again out of prospects in the NFL Draft. In terms of his physical ability and potential, Wanagho could be a well-above-average tackle in the NFL. He had flashes of brilliance at Auburn that showcased that.

However, on the other hand, he might not be a perfectly polished player when he gets to the league. Wanagho is raw and there definitely is some untapped potential there that would need to be unlocked by the Los Angeles Rams.

If there is anyone that I trust to unlock a player’s potential in the NFL, outside of Bill Belichick, it is Sean McVay.

Walter Football, who puts together a yearly prospect ranking list, summarized Wanogho’s status heading into the NFL Draft perfectly.

"“There is no doubt Wanogho has a great skill set with a lot of upside if he plays up to his potential. He has the skill set of a starting left tackle for the NFL. Some sources feel he could be this year’s Greg Little as a player with a first-round skill set who slips to the second day because of being raw with underdeveloped technique.”"

Would it be nice to get a prospect that is going to be great right away? Absolutely. The problem is that there are 51 picks ahead of the Rams’ first pick and at that point in the draft you simply are not going to get someone who is going to come in and be a huge difference-maker right away.

It is the potential of Wanogho that is so enticing and with his size and athleticism, he certainly will be a better option at least than what the Rams had in 2019. His comparison, Greg Little, did not get much playing time with the Carolina Panthers in 2019 but chances are that Wanogho would compete, if not win, a starting job.

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A lot of things still need to develop as we still have the NFL Combine to look forward to. However, as it currently stands in early-February, Prince Wanogho is the Los Angeles Rams’ most ideal selection.