The first day of the 2019 NFL Draft came and went without the Los Angeles Rams making a pick, yet head coach Sean McVay feels his team is right where they need to be.
Los Angeles entered draft day with the 31st overall pick. Although they may have been holding out hope that one or two players would drop to them, they ultimately decided to trade the pick to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for the No. 45 and No. 79 picks in the second and third rounds. They later traded down even further to acquire more picks.
As a result, the Rams find themselves in familiar territory once again. This is the third year in a row that they have not made a first-round selection.
According to Myles Simmons of the team’s official website, McVay admits the team feels comfortable being in this position:
“It feels par for the course,” McVay said. “There’s going to be a lot of really good football players that are drafted tomorrow for a lot of different teams. And we’re very hopeful that with the way that we’ve got this thing set up, and what we anticipate for tomorrow and kind of what the game plan is, that we feel really good about the four players. And we are going to feel good just based on the entirety of the way that our top 100 is set. And that’s the thing that you feel great about.”
McVay’s comments are certainly understandable considering their recent track record in this area of the draft. While they have not dominated draft headlines since the selection of quarterback Jared Goff, the Rams’ brass has still been able to add some young stars in the later rounds.
Los Angeles managed to cash in on both sides of the ball in the 2017 NFL Draft by taking Cooper Kupp and John Johnson III in the third round. Los Angeles has now set themselves to potentially add some potential future bonafide starters for the team in a draft that was viewed to be strong in the middle rounds.