Los Angeles Rams make three big trades in one day

The Rams make three different trades, but mainly focus on players they don’t need and wasting their first round picks.


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Jalen Ramsey will trade in his Jacksonville Jaguars uniform for the Rams.

The Jacksonville Jaguars traded Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams for a 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 first-round pick, and a 2021 fourth-round pick on October 15, 2019.

On the same day, the Los Angeles Rams traded cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens for linebacker Kenny Young and a 2020 fifth-round pick. The Rams also picked up Austin Corbett for a 2021 draft pick to Cleveland.

The Los Angeles Rams made a wise choice to go for former 2016 first round pick, Jalen Ramsey, who could transform the Rams’ defense. In his first year playing for the Jaguars, he had 14 pass deflections, 2 interceptions, and 1 touchdown.

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“He was first in average yards allowed per target and sixth in coverage success rate in 2017, playing in both the slot and on the outside,” Bill Barnwell ESPN staff writer said.

Since the Rams traded two-first round picks, they are losing the opportunity to draft two young, talented players to revamp their roster. The Rams could have used those first round picks to replace some offensive players, especially if left tackle Andrew Whitworth retires after his three-year extension from 2017 is up.

Also, with the trade of Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens for yet another defensive player, this will at some point hurt the Rams because they are focusing on defense and not offense.

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For the past couple of years, the Rams have been using their first-round picks to draft star players, playing off their rookie contracts. This is a good way to scout the rookies and play them for two or three seasons, and assess them after their rookie contract expires. The Rams mainly look at the rookies that will replace a player that’s about to retire or for weak positions on the team.

Will these trades actually help the Rams improve their defense? I think so. The Rams have already built up their offense with Jared Goff, Todd Gurley II, and Brandin Cooks; these are the Rams power players that have been keeping the team on the board, but now that Jalen Ramsey is in defense, the team is more well-rounded.