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Rams Draft Weekend: Drafting Logan Bruss, McVay Is Tipsy, And A Scout Goes Into The Pool

The Super Bowl Champion Las Angeles Rams finally made a pick in the draft late Friday Night. Their first pick was number 104, the second to last compensatory pick in the round. (You will recall they traded their first-round pick in the trade for QB Matthew Stafford and their second and third-round picks for LB Von Miller).

There was some expectation that the Rams could trade down from 104. They have made similar moves in the past. In the end, they selected OG Logan Bruss out of Wisconsin. The offensive line was conspicuously on their draft board. As drinks were flowing at the Rams draft house, Rams GM Les Snead and Head Coach Sean McVay reacted in real-time to the Patriots drafting OG Cole Strange from UT Chattanooga. McVay, appearing a bit loopy, suggested they were looking at him at 104. (That laugh, though!)

Was OL A Need?

In addition to McVay’s spiritous revelation, there is more. Rams fans were widely of the opinion a year ago that offensive line should have been a priority in the draft. Yet the Rams drafted zero offensive linemen the 2021 Draft. They managed to field a more than serviceable line up front. However, there were several key departures this offseason. OT Andrew Whitworth retired. OG Austin Corbett signed as a free agent with the Panthers. The Rams did retain OT Joe Noteboom, projected to start at LT and C Brian Allen, bringing stability to those positions.

Bruss is expected to compete for a starting role at guard this year and in years to come. The Rams have had success with linemen from Wisconsin, with RT Rob Havenstein and G/T David Edwards both hailing from Madison. Bruss will likely compete with Edwards and a few others for the starting right guard spot.

A Scout In The Draft House Pool

The Rams trusted their draft board at 104. Jourdan Rodrigue reported that scout Brian Hill vowed earlier in the 3rd round that if Bruss was still available at the top of their board when they got to 104, he would jump in the pool. He would make good on his promise. Hill is the same scout who took the lead in scouting WR Cooper Kupp and S Jordan Fuller.

Stay tuned to NFLSlant for all the latest Rams news.


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