Los Angeles Rams Draft Needs & Mock Draft for 2024

As a lead-up to the 2024 NFL draft, we’ve broken down the current depth chart of every NFL team and identified the biggest draft and team needs for the Los Angeles Rams.

You can find additional team-by-team draft needs articles and other draft content on our 2024 NFL Draft Hub.

Who Did the Los Angeles Rams Select in the 2024 NFL Draft?

The Los Angeles Rams selected Jared Verse (EDGE, Florida State) with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

The Rams also drafted:

  • Braden Fiske (DL, Florida State)
  • Blake Corum (RB, Michigan)
  • Kamren Kinchens (S, Miami)
  • Brennan Jackson (EDGE, Washington State)
  • Tyler Davis (DT, Clemson)
  • Joshua Karty (K, Stanford)
  • Jordan Whittington (WR, Texas)
  • Beaux Limmer (C, Arkansas)
  • KT Leveston (OG, Kansas State)

Los Angeles Rams Needs: Top Positions of Need in 2024

  1. Defensive Line
  2. Offensive Tackle
  3. Defensive Back

What Picks Do the Los Angeles Rams Have in 2024?

The Los Angeles Rams have 11 picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, including:

  • Round 1 (19)
  • Round 2 (52)
  • Round 3 (83)
  • Round 3 (99)
  • Round 5 (154)
  • Round 5 (155)
  • Round 6 (196)
  • Round 6 (209)
  • Round 6 (213)
  • Round 6 (217)
  • Round 7 (254)

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Los Angeles Rams Draft Capital Stats

Our Sharp Draft Value Rank is a valuation of draft capital based on a combination of average performance delivered and average dollars earned on second contracts.

This is based on two public models: performance delivered based on draft slot (the AV model created by Chase Stuart) and contractual earnings in non-rookie deals based upon draft slot (the OTC model created by Brad Spielberger and Jason Fitzgerald).

  • Rams Sharp Draft Value Rank: 10 of 32 teams
  • Rams AV Model Draft Value Rank: 12 of 32 teams
  • Rams OTC Model Draft Value Rank: 8 of 32 teams

Los Angeles Rams Draft Value vs. Other Teams:

The Rams’ draft value is 6% higher than the league average of all 32 teams. 9 other teams have more draft value entering the 2024 NFL Draft.

Los Angeles Rams Draft Prediction:

Brendan Donahue has the Rams selecting Xavier Worthy (WR, Texas) with the 19th overall pick in his most recent 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

Mock draft expert Ryan McCrystal believes the Rams could target a pass rusher like Laiatu Latu (EDGE, UCLA) with their top pick at No. 19 overall in the first round.

Los Angeles Rams Strength of Schedule, 2024

The Los Angeles Rams have the 16th-hardest NFL strength of schedule for the 2024 NFL season.

Los Angeles Rams Offense: Depth Chart, Analysis & Draft Needs

Rich Hribar breaks down the offensive depth chart by position for the Los Angeles Rams, identifying areas where the team could improve in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft.

Quarterback Depth Chart, Rams:

  1. Matthew Stafford
  2. Jimmy Garoppolo
  3. Stetson Bennett
  4. Dresser Winn

What a difference a year makes.

Last offseason, Matthew Stafford was coming off an injury-plagued campaign with rumors swirling that he could even consider retirement.

Not only did that not happen, but Stafford came back with a strong 2023 season, in particular his close to the season.

Stafford ended the season eighth in the NFL in EPA per dropback (0.11) and 13th in success rate (43.7%).

Over his final six games of the regular season, Stafford was fourth in the NFL with a 109.5 rating, ranking third over that span with a 7.1% touchdown rate and fifth in yards per pass attempt (8.0 Y/A).

Stafford turned 36 this February and still has three seasons remaining on his current deal.

He is due to count $49.5 million, $50.5 million, and $49.5 million against the cap those seasons after carrying cap hits of $13.5 million and $20 million the past two seasons.

Should anything change here between Stafford and the organization, they can save cap space in each of the two seasons after this one if forced to get out of his contract.

The Rams added veteran Jimmy Garoppolo as a backup this season after seeing how lackluster their backup situation was again for the second straight season.

Stafford only missed one game due to injury last year, but that one week of Brett Rypien when the team scored three points was enough of a reminder that the team needed a viable presence should Stafford miss any time for a third straight season.

Garoppolo will serve a two-game suspension to start the season.

Running Back Depth Chart, Rams:

  1. Kyren Williams
  2. Ronnie Rivers
  3. Zach Evans

After posting just 215 total yards on 44 touches over 10 games as a rookie, Kyren Williams exploded in year two for 1,350 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns on 260 touches over 12 games.

Out of 49 running backs with 100 or more rushes last season, Williams ranked:

  • 5th in yards per rush (5.0 YPC)
  • 2nd in EPA per rush (0.11)
  • 2nd in success rate (46.9%)
  • 4th in the rate of runs that failed to gain yardage (12.3%)
  • 7th in the rate of runs to result in a first down or touchdown (27.2%)
  • 12th in the rate of runs for 10 or more yards (11.4%)

The only blemish was that he missed four games due to an ankle injury (he rested in Week 18).

Williams was also banged up in the team’s playoff game with a hand injury, which led to offseason surgery.

He is not the biggest back in the league at 5-foot-9 and 194 pounds, so his high workload paired with his frame could have the Rams looking for added insurance here.

Through two NFL seasons, Williams has had multiple foot and ankle injuries.

With Williams off the field last season, the backup running backs for the Rams were 25th in the NFL in EPA per rush and dead last with 3.3 yards per carry.

The depth chart is even more barren at this point.

Zach Evans was a sixth-round pick last season, but the team elected to sign Darrell Henderson off the street last year and play him and Royce Freeman over the rookie.

Evans only managed nine total touches as a rookie.

Like Williams the year before, Evans will be looking to make a larger jump in year two opportunity.

Ronnie Rivers has 51 touches over the past two seasons, averaging only 3.9 yards per touch.

Running back is not an outright need since Williams is in place as an effective starter, but we should anticipate the Rams adding a running back or two during this draft for competition and insurance on the depth chart.

Wide Receiver Depth Chart, Rams:

  1. Puka Nacua
  2. Cooper Kupp
  3. Demarcus Robinson
  4. Tutu Atwell
  5. Ben Skowronek
  6. Xavier Smith

The Rams look like absolute criminals in hindsight for the fifth-round selection of Puka Nacua.

Nacua made history this past season, setting records for receptions (105), receiving yards (1,486), and total yards (1,575) for a rookie wide receiver.

He also found the end zone six times.

For good measure, Nacua then caught nine passes for 181 yards and a touchdown in the Wild Card Round.

Just a completely perfect marriage of player and scheme, Nacua is only on the books for $976K this season before $1.1 million and $1.2 million through 2026.

Nacua also was just as good with Cooper Kupp on the field as without him.

Nacua ran 397 routes last season with Kupp on the field, leading the team with 29.7% of the targets and averaging 2.66 yards per route run.

Kupp suffered a hamstring injury during the preseason that forced him to miss the first four games of the season.

He came back with eight catches for 118 yards in his first game off of injured reserve in Week 5, but his performance was more uneven than over the remainder of the season.

Playing in 13 total games last season, Kupp had four 100-yard games but also six games with fewer than 30 yards receiving.

Kupp is still a focal point of this passing game despite the emergence of Nacua.

He ran 399 pass routes with Nacua on the field, receiving 27.1% of the team targets.

No other Rams player had a target share higher than 11.6% with both Kupp and Nacua on the field at the same time.

Kupp will turn 31 this June with three years remaining on his current contract at $29.8 million, $29.8 million, and $27.3 million against the cap.

Like Stafford, if the Rams do need to get out of Kupp’s contract, they will save some cap space in each of the next two seasons should that decision present itself.

The team is keeping Demarcus Robinson for another season after he was a reliable option to close the season.

Robinson took the WR3 job from Tutu Atwell over the final quarter of the season.

No team in the NFL plays 11 personnel more than the Rams at 94.8% of their snaps.

The WR3 in this offense is nearly a 100% player in this scheme.

The Rams should also add a body here at some point during the draft for contractual depth and competition.

Outside of Nacua and Kupp, the only other wideout here under contract beyond this season is Xavier Smith.

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