Three and out: Los Angeles Rams' 2018 NFL draft needs, prospect fits
In the build-up to the 2018 draft, USA TODAY Sports will take a look at each NFL team's situation and needs.
Los Angeles Rams
1. After bringing aboard marquee talent through a series of trades, the Rams are left with their first pick of the draft coming at No. 87 overall in the third round. One of their focuses is likely to be edge rusher after Robert Quinn was sent to the Dolphins and Connor Barwin was not re-signed. Someone is needed to capitalize on the attention reigning NFL defensive player of the year Aaron Donald and new acquisition Ndamukong Suh will command on the inside.
Advice: Finding top pass rushing talent beyond the first two rounds can be difficult, so Los Angeles shouldn't expect an immediate difference-maker. But Southern California's Uchenna Nwosu and Kansas' Dorance Armstrong could both be early contributors and likely be had somewhere around the Rams' first pick.
2. Los Angeles ranked 28th against the run last year and traded inside linebacker Alec Ogletree to the Giants. A rugged tackler who still offers range is now needed in the middle.
Advice: As one of the Rams' more immediate needs, this position should be addressed by the time the team has used its three picks in the fourth round. North Carolina's Andre Smith and Virginia's Micah Kiser both are limited in coverage, but they excel working downhill against opposing running backs. Wisconsin's Jack Cichy could be an option if his medicals check out.
3. The Rams gave up just 28 sacks last season as the offensive line made great strides. But with left tackle Andrew Whitworth now 36 and questions elsewhere along the front, reinforcements would be welcome.
Advice: Offensive tackles Jamarco Jones of Ohio State or Geron Christian of Louisville would be enticing options at tackle if available in the third round, but Los Angeles can afford to look toward developmental prospects later on if options are slim. TCU's Joseph Noteboom and North Carolina A&T's Brandon Parker both have intriguing long-term potential.
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