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By Kenneth Arthur | TurfShowTimes

Why running back could become Les Snead’s top draft priority

The Los Angeles Rams made the expected move of signing inside linebacker Bobby Wagner on Thursday. I predicted that Wagner could sign a contract that would ultimately be close to a two-year, $25 million deal and his five-year, $50 million pact with the Rams may end up looking more like that projection when is all said and done.

But regardless of what the Rams look like in 2024, signing Wagner solidifies a starting inside linebacker position next to Ernest Jones for next season.

That fits one of L.A.’s starting needs before the draft and even if Les Snead doesn’t have his original first, second, and third round picks, the Rams will be busy on day three and signing players when the draft is over. I would not expect Snead to find any Week 1 starters, or even key role players, from the 2022 draft. L.A. could field a full starting offense and defense and similar to the 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will not look much worse for wear the season after winning the Super Bowl.

However, there are some interesting positions and roles currently up for grabs.

WR3 – Van Jefferson, Tutu Atwell, or other?

Well, it’s not going to be Odell Beckham Jr. At least, not in Week 1. It is not probable that the Rams will draft a receiver and have him contributing significant snaps as a rookie. That hasn’t happened since Cooper Kupp in 2017. I wouldn’t count on the Rams coming across another Cooper Kupp that easily.

Ben Skowronek, J.J. Koski, Landon Akers, and Brandon Powell are also currently on the roster. I would expect L.A. to draft a receiver, maybe as soon as round four. There are reports that this draft class could be so deep at the position that as many as 30 rookie receivers could contribute on some level in 2022.

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