2. The Los Angeles Rams need a veteran interior lineman
A big component of the Los Angeles Rams’ success the last three seasons has been left tackle, Andrew Whitworth. Particularly in his first two seasons in LA, Whitworth was the best member of a solid offensive line that not only produced but brought his veteran presence to the team.
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Whitworth brought that same experience last season but was banged up and his production dipped. Whitworth still wishes to return to the Rams, but at 38 years old, the team needs to add more of that veteran presence to the line.
The Rams have a very inexperienced offensive line, particularly in the middle of the line and would benefit immensely if the team could pick up an already-proven offensive lineman on the trade block to play inside. The team has draft options in the second round, but probably will have more tackles to choose from.
Either way, the Rams’ contending window is not going to last forever and the team cannot fully dive into risking the status of the offensive line on whether or not a rookie can meet expectations. That never pans out, especially when you do not have a surefire rookie on your hands.
Would it be a bad thing to bring in an offensive lineman in the second round? Not at all. But the Rams should be spending on a proven guard that they know what to expect out of, even if it is a short-term deal.
The Los Angeles Rams trusted the young guns on the offensive line last season and looked what happened. It is not a recipe that is set up for success.