The trading antics continue with general manager Les Snead and the Los Angeles Rams. This time, the Rams did trade up to nab Washington DT Greg Gaines.
The Rams trade with the New England Patriots for the third time in this year’s NFL Draft. Along with the 134th overall pick, the Rams also took the Patriots’ 243rd pick. The Rams sent their 162nd and 167th overall picks in exchange.
Now the Rams provide depth at the defensive line position. It’s difficult to say what Gaines’s initial role will be, but he will have to earn some playing time. In the meantime, fans can expect to see more playing time from last year’s rookie John Frankin-Myers. If Gaines becomes a student of the game, it would benefit him to learn from Aaron Donald.
Gaines can be a true nose tackle. He possesses a high motor that’s capable of disrupting an offensive line’s rhythm. He’s a bit undersized and his arms are shorter than what teams prefer. On film, Gaines did display a good sense of ball location at Washington. Truthfully, he’s more of a run stuffer than a pass rusher. Expect the Rams to use him situationally for now.