Though the Rams do not have a first-round pick in this year's draft – barring an unforeseen trade, of course – their pair of selections in the second round still put them in a good position to address some of their roster's needs.
"That's a good place to be at in this draft," NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said on a conference call Thursday afternoon. "When you look at where they're sitting now, that's a sweet spot."
When asked by theRams.com about potential options for Los Angeles at No. 52 and 57 overall, Jeremiah pointed to inside linebacker as a position where it could get good value at either spot.
Texas Tech's Jordyn Brooks is a prospect Jeremiah likes for the Rams in that range, namely as a potential replacement for Cory Littleton. Brooks collected Second-Team All-American recognition and First-Team All-Big 12 honors after posting a team-high 108 total tackles plus three sacks in 11 starts, and fellow NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein views Brooks as a potential starter at inside linebacker for whichever team drafts him.
"A guy like Jordyn Brooks from Texas Tech who can fly, I think he would be a great replacement when you lose Littleton," Jeremiah said. "To be able to plug him in right there, I think he'd be a great fit and somebody that kind of plays with high, high tempo, which I know they appreciate there in that organization."
Jeremiah also said fans should keep an eye on the tackle position, as he thinks the Rams could potentially look to find another candidate to eventually succeed to 38-year-old starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth with one of the two picks.
"An interesting player for me is Saahdiq Charles, the big tackle from LSU who is ultra talented, has some suspensions there due to some marijuana, but that's a challenge now for the league, and you're scouting with the way this has changed and the new CBA, I don't know that you penalize him as much," Jeremiah said.
Houston's Josh Jones, who was named to the American Athletic All-Conference Second Team after allowing just one sack last season, is another tackle to watch in this range, according to Jeremiah.
Elsewhere on offense, this year's running back class could also present the Rams with a pair of intriguing options if they chose to add to their backfield via the draft next week, with Jeremiah identifying Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins and LSU's Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
One of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, Dobbins became the first running back in school history to surpass the 2,000-yard mark, finishing with 2,003 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns. He also finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting and was a First Team All-America selection by the Football Writers Association of America.
A 2019 All-SEC First Team selection and LSU's team MVP, Edwards-Helaire led the Tigers with 215 carries for 1,414 yards and 16 touchdowns, adding 55 receptions for 453 yards and one touchdown to help his team to an undefeated national championship season. The Baton Rouge (La.) Catholic High product led the SEC in rushing touchdowns and finished second in rushing yards last season en route to being a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the most versatile player in college football.
"If they wanted to go running back, I mean, gosh, you might be staring at one of the top four guys," Jeremiah said. "If J.K. Dobbins was there, (that) would be a great fit. I would love to see Clyde Edwards-Helaire because of what he can do with the passing game with Sean McVay. I think that would be a fun pairing, as well."