Los Angeles Rams Draft Watch: Would They Select WR Brenden Rice At 83?

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The Los Angeles Rams, while seemingly loaded at wide receiver at the moment, could do worse than picking Brenden Rice. And in the third round Rice could be the perfect complement to the existing corps. NFL Mock Draft Database, which tracks where players are mocked and graphs the consensus ranks Rice to be picked at 89

Rice is coming off his best year in college, his second year with USC. In his final season, he earned 791 yards and a whopping 12 touchdowns in 12 games of action.

It was the best stat line of his college career in total receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. In other words, he’s peaking at the perfect time for NFL scouts to take notice. However, as the receiver appears to now have his legs under him, many are wondering about the connection to his father and what sort of prep work the two might have taken part in.

Rice is also wowing scouts and media members during Senior Bowl practices. Here are a few highlights:

Does Brenden Rice fit with the Los Angeles Rams?

The wide receiver has shown promise and comes from a namesake as premium as any in the NFL, but would he fit with the Los Angeles Rams? With Puka Nacua and Cooper Kupp still on the squad, it would seem at face value that there’s little room. However, taking a look at the bigger picture, a case for his addition could be made.

Kupp, entering an age 31 season with injury troubles mounting, might not be able to be the reliable workhorse of past seasons. Meaning, the Rams might indeed need a new face to slide into the role in the future. Adding a premium prospect like Rice wouldn’t exactly guarantee a number-one spot on the depth chart, but it would allow him to learn from Kupp and to a certain extent, Nacua while keeping the pressure off.

Then, as Kupp continues to head toward a decline in the coming years, the team would have an option for a player to grow into the role. It would also serve to make the offense even more unpredictable.

Could the Rams nab the offspring of one of their rival’s most treasured players of all time?

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Apr 23, 2022; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans receiver Brenden Rice (2) poses with father Jerry Rice during the spring game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsCredit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports