Thursday marks the official kickoff to one of the league's most highly anticipated annual events in the 2018 NFL Draft. But for the Rams, the action won't begin until Day 2, with the club's first pick coming at No. 87.
For the second-consecutive season, Los Angeles will be without a first-round selection in the draft. And while some could be concerned about the team trading away its potential top-tier prospect, the club has made the most of its previous drafts following the same trend.
Of the 82 drafts in franchise history — dating back to 1937 — the team has been without a first-rounder in only eight of them. But for the most part, the season following each of those drafts have been good for the franchise.
On five different occasions, the Rams went on to win at least 10 games (1967, 1968, 1984, 2017). Plus, in three of those years, the club also claimed the NFC West title (1967, 1973, 2017).
In total, Los Angeles holds a 72-38-5 (.647) all-time record in the seasons following a draft without a pick in the first round.
Rams Record and Divisional Finish Following No First-Round Picks
2017 | 11-5 record | First-place finish in NFC West
1987 | 6-9 record | Third-place finish in NFC West
1984 | 10-6 record| Second-place finish in NFC West
1973 | 12-2 record | First-place finish in NFC West
1972 | 6-7-1 record | Third-place finish in NFC West
1968 | 10-3-1 record | Second-place finish in NFC West
1967 | 11-1-2 record | First place finish in NFC West
1948 | 6-5-1 record | Third-place finish in Western Conference
Check out photos of top prospects in each position ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft. (AP Photos)