2. Trade John Johnson for a sixth-round pick
Taken one round after Gerald Everett in the 2017 NFL Draft, John Johnson is another player that the Los Angeles Rams could afford to part ways with and if the team could get draft capital out of, would actually benefit from moving on from.
The team already has a need at the safety position with Eric Weddle retiring after one year with the Rams. While it might seem counterproductive to trade a safety when it is an area of need, in Johnson’s case, it makes sense, if the price is right.
The Rams are probably going to draft a safety in the 2020 NFL Draft because the team would benefit from having a young, controllable prospect on the team instead of simply banking on Johnson and Taylor Rapp when Johnson has one more year under contract.
The Rams are best off using a third or fourth-round pick on a safety, meaning that his trade would simply add more draft capital later in the draft for the team to use on other positions.
Johnson would probably warrant a sixth-round pick for a team that needs depth at safety and has the draft capital to spend. Although Johnson missed time last year, he is a viable option when on the field.
The Rams get to fully transition to a new look at safety with Rapp and a rookie and can add depth with a veteran while getting something for Johnson.