Rams Had Interest In Brock Bowers; Jets Did Not Consider Drafting TE

In the hours leading up to last night’s first round, the Rams were touted as a team looking to move up the order. An offensive weapon was believed to be a target, and more clarity has since emerged on that front.

Los Angeles contacted Atlanta about a trade-up to the No. 8 slot, Dianna Russini of The Athletic reports. Had an agreement for that selection been worked out, she adds the Rams would have drafted tight end Brock Bowers. Likewise, NFL Network’s Peter Schrager notes the team’s draft plans were simplified once Bowers came off the board (video link).

The Georgia product fell out of the top 10 – something which came as something of a surprise – while quarterbacks and offensive linemen dominated the top of the order. In the end, Bowers went 13th overall to the Raiders. The Rams stayed in place at the No. 19 slot. That allowed them to select edge rusher Jared Verse, one of the few defenders who heard their names called on Day 1.

Bowers – who earned first-team All-American acclaim and twice won the John Mackey award as the nation’s top tight end – was long connected to a selection near the bottom of the top 10. Specifically, the Jets were reported to be a suitor, and general managerĀ Joe Douglas‘ pre-draft remarks suggested New York would be interested. However, Connor Hughes of SNY reports the team never gave thought to selecting Bowers with the No. 11 pick.

After trading down one spot, the Jets ultimately selected offensive tackleĀ Olu Fashanu. That move likely addressed a more pressing need, given the state of New York’s offensive line prior to Thursday night. Still, the team’s aversion to Bowers after being linked to him so closely illustrates the power of smokescreens this time of year. In the end, Bowers’ career will be defined in large part by his time with the Raiders, but his connections to the Rams are noteworthy as well.

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