Los Angeles Rams Mock Draft 2024: Building For The Future In the 2024 NFL Draft

The 2023 Los Angeles Rams season far exceeded expectations. A franchise that most believed would be tanking, instead, made the NFL playoffs. But, the campaign is over for Los Angeles with attention shifting towards the Rams mock draft and how this team builds for the future.

While Puka Nacua, Kobie Turner, Steve Avila, and Kyren Williams are building blocks for the next Rams’ core, Los Angeles must also be realistic. There are aging stars on both sides of the ball and with Sean McVay now committed to the future, the Rams need to start preparing for it.

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Before diving into our Rams mock draft, here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know before the 2024 NFL Draft.

Los Angeles Rams draft picks 2024

Here are the Rams draft picks in the 2024 NFL Draft.

  • 1st Round, 19th overall
  • 2nd Round, 51st overall
  • 3rd Round, 83rd overall
  • 5th Round, 156th overall
  • 5th Round, 157th overall
  • 6th Round, 191st overall:
  • 6th Round, 214th overall:
  • 6th Round, 216th overall:
  • 6th Round, 218th overall:
  • 6th Round, 221st overall:

Los Angeles Rams draft needs 2024

Here are the Rams draft needs entering the 2024 NFL offseason.

  • Cornerback
  • Offensive Line
  • Linebacker
  • Tight End
  • Safety
  • Quarterback

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Los Angeles Rams mock draft: Reshaping the Rams defense

1st Round, 19th overall: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama Crimson Tide

NCAA Football: Louisiana State at Alabama
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Los Angeles squeezed a lot more production out of its defense than you’d expect based on the talent level heading into the season. It’s a testament to Rams’ defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, who maximized every player he could and did wonders with the first- and second-year talents. However, some of the Rams’ success against the pass should be more attributed to the pass rush than the secondary.

  • Los Angeles Rams pass defense (2023): 88.0 QB rating allowed (13th), 4% passing touchdown rate (18th), 60.8% completion rate, 6.9 yards per attempt allowed (14th)

While heavy consideration is given to a tackle here, the best option on the board – Amarius Mims – isn’t a plug-and-play starter at left tackle that we’d have confidence in. So, cornerback becomes the next need to address and Kool-AId McKinstry is easily one of the best players available at the 20th pick.

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McKinstry dominated this past season for the Alabama Crimson Tide, allowing just a 48.7 percent completion rate on 39 targets. He posted the sixth-highest forced incompletion rate (26 percent) among draft-eligible cornerbacks, holding opponents to a 73.1 NFL QB rating when they threw his way. McKinsnstry would immediately become the Rams’ No. 1 cornerback, upgrading this pass defense.

2nd Round, 51st overall: Calen Bullock, S, USC Trojans

NCAA Football: Washington at Southern California
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Los Angeles simply did not get enough from its safeties this season. Jordan Fuller was fine for a former Day 3 pick, but he also allowed 3 touchdowns in pass coverage. Quentin Lake, the 2022 sixth–round surrendered a 96.3 QB rating when targeted in pass coverage. If the Rams want to use multiple safeties, they need someone who can truly be a deep centerfielder.

Calen Bullock is that player. Over the last two seasons as a safety roaming around on the USC Trojans defense, Bullock recorded 11 pass breakups and 7 interceptions, holding opponents to a sub-90 QB rating. Bullock boasts the length and athleticism that would allow a coaching staff to drop him back in man coverage or use his speed and aggressiveness to act as a centerfielder on downfield passes.

One of the top safeties in the 2024 NFL Draft class, Bullock would bring instincts, athleticism and versatility to the Rams’ secondary. While he might not reach an All-Pro ceiling, he could become a multi-time Pro Bowl selection if he fills out his frame and becomes a bit more disciplined.

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3rd Round, 83rd overall: Gabriel Murphy, EDGE, UCLA Bruins

NCAA Football: Washington State at UCLA
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Aaron Donald, Kobie Turner and Byron Young helped the Rams sustain a league-average pass rush in 2023. Considering what expectations were for this unit coming into the season, that’s an accomplishment. With that said, there’s still plenty of room to improve when you are 14th in pass-rush win rate (42 percent), 28th in pressure rate (18.7 percent) and 23rd in sack rate (6.4 percent).

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UCLA Bruins edge rusher Gabriel Murphy would be a strong addition to the Rams’ front seven. Laiatu Latu rightfully draws all the attention, but Murphy was nearly just as effective in over 350 pass-rush snaps this past season.

PFF Pass Rush GradePressuresPRPWin Rate
Laiatu Latu94.36413.525.3%
Gabriel Murphy90.06110.118.8%

Murphy has been consistently productive over the past two seasons, racking up 77 hurries in just 26 games. While the 6-foot-3 edge rusher might not have Latu’s ceiling, Los Angeles could absolutely use him opposite of Young in passing situations.

5th Round, 156th overall: Javon Foster, OT, Missouri Tigers

NCAA Football: Arkansas at Missouri
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We didn’t want to address one of the bigger needs until the fourth round of our Rams mock draft, but that’s how the board fell. Plus, there will be several options in free agency (Yosh Nijman, Trent Brown, Mike Onwenu, Tyron Smith) for Los Angeles to pursue as an immediate starter.

Still, the Rams could absolutely add an offensive tackle like Javon Foster. Standing at 6-foot-5 and 319 pounds, the Missouri Tigers offensive tackle played at an All-SEC level this past year. Across 450 passing snaps, he allowed just 1 sack and zero hits, ranking 15th in pass-blocking grade (80.9) among draft-eligible tackles in the Power 5. Foster brings three seasons of starting experience in the SEC, but he is on the older side (redshirted in 2018). Considering the Rams’ history of targeting players who are undervalued because of their age, Foster could be a real option for Los Angeles in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Los Angeles Rams 7-round mock draft

  • 1st Round, 19th overall: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama Crimson Tide
  • 2nd Round, 51st overall: Calen Bullock, FS, USC Trojans
  • 3rd Round, 83rd overall: Gabriel Murphy, EDGE, UCLA Bruins
  • 5th Round, 156th overall: Javon Foster, OT, Missouri Tigers
  • 5th Round, 157th overall: Beaux Limmer, C, Arkansas Razorbacks
  • 6th Round, 191st overall: Keith Randolph Jr, iDL, Illinois Fighting Illini
  • 6th Round, 214th overall: Seth McLaughlin, C, Alabama Crimson Tide
  • 6th Round, 216th overall: J.J. Weaver, EDGE, Kentucky Wildcats
  • 6th Round, 218th overall: Darius Muasau, LB, UCLA Bruins
  • 6th Round, 221st overall: Sam Hartman, QB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish