Round 3, Pick 16: Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
Trade alert: The LA Rams trade the 20th pick in the second round to the Las Vegas Raiders for the 16th and 17th picks in the third round and the 13th pick in the fifth round.
The board did not look great in terms of potential fits in the second round so we decided to listen to trade offers and one trade that was proposed was from the Las Vegas Raiders, giving the Rams back-to-back picks in the third round as well as a fifth-round pick, something the team did not have.
Last year the Rams were very active in moving down to secure more picks until the right fit was available so if an offer like this was on the table, and the Rams could essentially add two extra picks for moving down 18 spots, then Les Snead would take it in a heartbeat.
The first of the back-to-back third-round picks, Malik Harrison, helps the linebacker unit. Harrison has some limitations in coverage, especially man coverage, but is a physical bulldozer against the run and would instantly help the Rams’ run defense.
He is a great asset to add to the linebacker unit with the loss of Clay Matthews.
Round 3, Pick 17: Lloyd Cushenberry, C, LSU
Llyod Cushenberry is someone whose tape does not necessarily stand out and make him an elite-looking prospect, but he is someone with all of the skill sets to be a starting center in the NFL for quite some time.
The Los Angeles Rams need to start bolstering the offensive line, even if it comes in the form of depth for now. Cushenberry would compete with Austin Blythe for the starting job and very well could win it considering Blythe was not great last year. He finished 2019 with a 50.3 PFF rating.