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3 Players the Rams Need to Avoid With Their Second-Round Draft Picks

Max Staley
The Los Angeles Rams don't have a first-round pick this season, so they'll need to nail their second rounders.
The Los Angeles Rams don't have a first-round pick this season, so they'll need to nail their second rounders. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images
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The Los Angeles Rams sent their first-round pick over to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for Jalen Ramsey. That means the team can't really afford to miss in the second round, and thankfully, the Rams are now stocked with two second-round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

With that in mind, let's take a look at three players the Rams should avoid with their second-round picks.

1. Any Wide Receiver

KJ Hamler is a great player, but it's not a position of need for the Rams.
KJ Hamler is a great player, but it's not a position of need for the Rams. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

As tempting as it may be to replace Brandin Cooks in the second round, the Los Angeles Rams' offense has other holes, namely, the offensive line. In both 2017 and 2018 the Rams had a top-three offensive line, but last season that unit fell to No. 19 according to Football Outsiders. Rather than upgrade its pass-catching group, the Rams should rebuild along the O-Line as Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp are more than capable of handling the load.

2. Any Running Back

Despite losing Todd Gurley, the Rams don't need to upgrade their offensive line.
Despite losing Todd Gurley, the Rams don't need to upgrade their offensive line. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Similarly, it makes sense to try and replace Todd Gurley, but the Rams already have two suitable replacements. Malcolm Brown is a serviceable back, and Darrell Henderson has some big-time potential. Los Angeles should focus on its linebacking corps or O-Line rather than waste a valuable selection on a highly-touted running back.

3. Shane Lemieux, Oregon

Shane Lemieux's projections have been all over the map, making him a risky proposition for the Rams.
Shane Lemieux's projections have been all over the map, making him a risky proposition for the Rams. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

The Rams need help on the interior of the offensive line, but Shane Lemieux is as divisive a prospect as it gets. In fact, his NFL Draft projections are all over the map, according to the experts. Simply put, the Rams need to rebuild the O-Line, but they don't have much draft capital to do it, now or going forward. They can't afford to miss on this pick, and Lemieux might be a little too risky.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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