Rams Make Two Huge Trades in Peter Schrager's Final Mock Draft

The Los Angeles Rams haven't made a first-round pick since 2016 and Peter Schrager believes the Rams could pass up on another first-round selection.
Jan 7, 2024; Santa Clara, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay
Jan 7, 2024; Santa Clara, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams are scheduled to pick in the first round of the NFL draft (No. 19 overall) for the first time since 2016 when they took Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick.

Despite not having a first-round pick for the last five-plus years, the Rams have done a great job finding talent in the later rounds of the NFL draft, which has helped them stay competitive in the NFC West.

The Rams could take the best player available at No. 19 overall, which could be a wide receiver, defensive lineman, or cornerback. However, in Peter Schrager’s final mock draft, he surprisingly does not have Los Angeles making a pick in the first round.

Schrager has Los Angeles trading down from the No. 19 pick to No. 32, which the Kansas City Chiefs possess. Therefore with the 19th pick, the Chiefs take Georgia offensive tackle Amarius Mims.

In this mock draft, we don’t know what the compensation would be for the Rams to move down, but we have to believe they’ll get an additional Day 2 or Day 3 pick. Now with the No. 32 overall pick, the Rams could take the best player available.

However, Schrager has Los Angeles trading out of the No. 32 spot and giving that to the New England Patriots, who trade back into the first round to grab South Carolina’s Xavier Legette.

The Patriots have the second pick in the second round (No. 34), so I’d have to imagine they would give that up to Los Angeles to get back into the first round. If you are a Rams fan, you aren’t fond of the idea that they don’t make a pick on Thursday night.

Nonetheless, with how the Rams’ scouting and front office have found starters on Day 2 and 3, it's clear their process is working.

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