The Los Angeles Rams entered the 2023 NFL Draft with their backs against the wall. After a few draft classes that were underwhelming, Les Snead and co. needed a home run draft class to turn things around.
TCU offensive linman, Steve Avila headlined the class in the second-round, followed by high-potential players such as Byron Young and Kobie Turner.
The Rams will then have high expectations for Nick Hamton, Davis Allen, Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, and Zach Evans. Fourth-round pick Stetson Bennett could be a good backup option at quarterback behind Matthew Stafford. The Athletic’s Mike Sando got unfiltered thoughts from executives around the NFL and one said that this class has a chance to be a “Hall of Fame draft” for the Rams.
Here’s what that NFL executive had to say, “They are looking for their Brock Purdy. The reality is, no one is going to notice the guard they took, but if Stetson Bennett can play, it’s going to be a Hall of Fame draft.”
Could Stetson Bennett be the heir behind Matthew Stafford? He’s likely just a backup, but from an athletic standpoint, he compares favorably to Russell Wilson.
He’s more athletic and mobile than what meets the eye. His 10 and 20-yard splits in the 40-yard dash are almost identical to Wilson’s. Bennett is a 74.8 percent athletic match to Wilson as well. The Rams aren’t the only team that “reaches” on players that they like in the draft. It only takes one home run draft class to turn around a franchise.