Rams snag a high-end Matthew Stafford replacement in 2024 NFL Mock Draft

The Rams will face a difficult decision this offseason with veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford. His contract ties Stafford to LA for at least another season, but that doesn’t mean he will be QB1. In today’s mock draft, J.J. McCarthy becomes “the guy”.
Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy runs the offense against Purdue during the second half of
Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy runs the offense against Purdue during the second half of / Kirthmon F. Dozier / USA TODAY NETWORK
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The Rams Offensive Line Must Improve At The 2024 NFL Draft

Round 2, Pick 38 — Patrick Paul, OL, Houston

To ensure whoever is the next quarterback in LA succeeds, the front office should actively be seeking upgrades on the offensive line. Rookie Steve Avila has blossomed into an instant difference-maker upfront, and Houston’s Patrick Paul can replicate that impact in Year 1 for the Rams.

Paul is a phenomenal athlete who has improved each season on campus. He has the size to stick at either tackle position, with the chops to kick inside if necessary. It’s hard to find a better value than Paul on Day 2 — he might be long gone by the time April rolls around. As of today, the Houston product is the perfect selection in this mock draft.

Round 3, Pick 70 — Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

Cornerback is another glaring area of need for the Rams. Quinyon Mitchell still fits the “sleeper” profile right now, but the Toledo star continues shooting up media draft boards as analysts become more familiar with his tape. Mitchell is built like a starting boundary cornerback and should compete for a starting gig as a rookie, even if his overall athletic profile falls short relative to his peers at the position.

Round 4, Pick 106 — Christian Haynes, OL, UConn

If this doesn’t highlight how much work the offensive line needs, I’m not sure what will. A second lineman comes off the board at No. 106 in our latest Rams mock draft, as Christian Haynes can slot in alongside Avila and Paul to form a promising trio in the offensive trenches.

Haynes is a bully-ball blocker, using his absurd strength to regularly create running lanes. That trademark power shows up as a pass blocker as well, with the UConn star showcasing one of the best anchors in the entire class. He may not be a top-tier athlete, and there is room for improvement in the way of technique, but Haynes is better than any interior lineman currently on the roster sans Avila.