A pair of compensatory draft picks were awarded to the Los Angeles Rams, which slightly eases the sting of not having a first-round pick.
But not by much.
Thanks to their jump up in 2016’s draft to take Jared Goff, the Rams first-round pick was given to the Tennessee Titans, as well as their third-round pick. That trade left them with seven picks, all after the first-round.
That was before the compensatory picks were awarded. Now, the Rams have nine picks for this years draft, a third and fourth-round selection.
These picks were awarded to the Rams as compensation for losing free agents Janoris Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, and Nick Fairley. These types of picks are awarded to teams who have lost equal or better free compensatory free agents than they acquired in the previous year.
In layman’s terms: the Rams were given draft picks because they couldn’t retain any talent last season.
The only top-tier guy they managed to retain was Trumaine Johnson, and that was with the franchise tag. Johnson had no choice but to return.
The compensation of the picks is small potatoes if the Rams picks do not yield any return.
Over the last few years, the Rams general manager Les Snead and Fisher were seen as underrated drafters. They managed to trade down for more picks, and then used those picks on a multitude of positions they needed talent in.
In 2013 and 2014, the Rams picked two first-round guys. Only one of those four could be considered a wasted pick (Greg Robinson). As the years pass, more and more Fisher-Snead picks have been seen as duds. Brian Quick, Zac Stacy, Tre Mason, EJ Gaines, among those picks.
With Snead getting a new partner in Sean McVay, the hope is that the majority of the later round picks will turn out to be solid contributors. But that’s in a perfect world.