The Los Angeles Rams concluded their third draft of the Sean McVay-Les Snead era this weekend, adding eight rookies to the roster and a group of other undrafted free agents. Snead did well to accumulate selections and use them to advance later in the draft, catching the players the Rams coveted.
As with every project, there are winners and losers. Here are the draft of the Rams in 2019.
The Rams surprisingly did not take a single center in the draft, opting to take two offensive linemen who can play in each position but center. That's great news for Allen, who is competing to replace John Sullivan in the middle of the line.
It was believed that the Rams would attack someone like Erik McCoy, Garrett Bradbury or Elgton Jenkins, but they did not leave with any of them. Or show faith in Allen or indicate that the Rams lost their goals, or both.
In any case, it is a good sign for the second year player.
Kiser is aiming as the starter next to Cory Littleton in the inside linebacker and, like Allen, he will benefit from adding less competition to the linebacker corps. Yes, the Rams chose Dakota Allen in the seventh round, but mainly he will be a special teams player, at least from the beginning.
It is very likely that the Rams will add more competition to Kiser's position, but the fact that they have not spent a Day 2 pick on a linebacker is interesting.
Les Snead said after the second night of the draft that the Rams have been trying to add a "change of pace" since they hired McVay. They tried it with the Dunbar spear, but he could not stay healthy. Now, McVay seems to have gotten his boy in Henderson.
It's dangerous to think about what one of the NFL's most innovative coaches will do with possibly the most explosive runner in the 2019 draft. You'll find creative ways for Henderson to get the ball, either on screens, as a wide receiver or out of the playing field in transfers.
Edwards is an offensive line prospect, but he could not have asked for a much better situation than the Rams. He will have the opportunity to compete for the starting position in the left guard and, if he loses, he will be the substitute of Rob Havenstein or he will add depth in another place.
In any case, you can learn behind Havenstein and Andrew Whitworth for a year, while also increasing the volume in the weight room.