The Los Angeles Rams do not have a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft so we decided to look back at the team’s five-best second-round picks of the 2010s.
For the fourth season in a row, the Los Angeles Rams do not have a first-round pick in the NFL Draft. The last time the Rams selected in the first round was when the team took Jared Goff first overall in 2016.
With no pick in next year’s draft either, as it was also part of the trade package that landed Jalen Ramsey, the Rams will go at least five years without a first-round pick. While first-round picks are not guaranteed successes, this could bite the team back in the long run.
The best way to counter this is by making savvy selections in the later rounds of the draft. The Rams have done this in some cases, and not in others. Regardless, with no first-round pick this year, we wanted to take a stroll down memory lane and rank the five-best second-round picks of the 2010s.
5. Lamarcus Joyner, 2014
Lamarcus Joyner started his NFL career as a cornerback and in his first three seasons was nothing more than a depth corner that would typically come into the game during nickel packages. He started only 15 of the Rams’ 48 games in his first three seasons.
However, Joyner then made the transition into being a full-time free safety and became an above-average player for the Los Angeles Rams. He played as a full-time free safety in 2017 and 2018, started every game he appeared in and had more impressive seasons than his years as a corner.
Joyner’s best year was 2017, when he hauled in three interceptions, one being a pick-six, along with nine pass deflections.
Joyner is now a member of the Las Vegas Raiders and he did not have an impressive first season.