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NFL: Rams’ Next Trade Target Must Be Jalen Ramsey or Trent Williams

The Los Angeles Rams have entered a bit of a tailspin over the last three weeks after dropping their previous three contests, taking them out of the top spot in the NFC West. It has also made it quite clear two areas of need along the roster: cornerback and offensive line. With the Rams being active in the trade market, it should take their attention over to making strong pushes to either land Jalen Ramsey or Trent Williams.

The Rams freefalling south

Rams head coach Sean McVay
The Rams’ struggles over the last three weeks have made it clear that moves must be made to improve the roster.| Alika Jenner/Getty Images

The Rams raced out to a 3-0 start, but things have quickly headed south over the last three games, falling disappointingly in each contest with the latest being a convincing loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Their issues have become increasingly prevalent with each passing week, which has created concern that could put their chances of contending not only for the division title but the playoffs entirely in jeopardy. Los Angeles has had opportunities to win every single one of their losses, but it underlines the problems that have plagued them throughout the year.

A large chunk of these issues have come with their inability to get consistent protection upfront on the offensive line while their secondary has struggled to provide stable play. All of this makes it clear why the Rams should target either Ramsey or Williams.

Why the Rams should pursue Jalen Ramsey

The Rams as a unit have primarily been one of the better defenses in the league, but their struggles over the last few games have put their secondary troubles at the forefront.

Los Angeles is currently tied for 18th with 7.4 yards per pass attempt allowed, 16th with a 90.9 opposing quarterback passer rating, and are fourth-worst with a 40.3% passing first down rate of the 83 first downs allowed this season. It has become a more significant area of need after the team saw veteran cornerback Aqib Talib be placed on the injured reserve on Monday due to a rib injury.

On top of that, the team decided on Tuesday to trade Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens, which left them without their two starting cornerbacks. It only elevates the Rams’ need to add more talent at the position, making acquiring Ramsey a must for the franchise.

The Jaguars star cornerback has established himself as one of the premier players in the league at his position in his first three-plus seasons in the league. Ramsey is unhappy with his situation, which a change of scenery to Los Angeles who has had success in the last two seasons, a welcoming move for him.

There could be some financial hurdles to sort out to make a deal work, but it’s a move that would vastly improve their secondary.

Why the Rams should pursue Trent Williams

Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams
The Rams need help along the offensive line and Trent Williams fits that bill. | G Fiume/Getty Images

What has also become glaringly apparent over the last few games has been the Rams’ utter lack of protection upfront on the offensive line for quarterback Jared Goff.

Los Angeles has been battered by injuries, with the latest being second-year guard Joseph Noteboom to a season-ending knee injury. Meanwhile, Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth is finally to look his age as he has struggled in the past few weeks.

The Rams have made the move to add Austin Corbett to the mix in a trade on Tuesday, which should help. However, it is no secret that Trent Williams is at odds with his situation with the Washington Redskins still holding out through the first six weeks of the season.

Williams has been one of the league’s top offensive tackles, earning seven straight Pro Bowl selections heading into the 2019 campaign. His addition would provide much-needed stability to the Rams’ offensive line that could help get Jared Goff and the running game back on track.

It would be a smooth transition for Williams, given his familiarity with Sean McVay, who previously served as the offensive coordinator with the Redskins. Like Ramsey, some financials would have first to be worked out first as Williams is owed more $3.5 million this year and $14.6 million next season.

In both of these situations, the Rams should more than be able to make those ends meet if the possibility is there.