The Los Angeles Rams still haven't made a first-round draft pick in the Sean McVay era. The NFC champions traded the 31st overall pick to Atlanta on Thursday night, picking up the 45th and 79th overall selections while also sending the 203rd overall pick to the Falcons.
The Rams will have four picks among the top 100 selections after making the deal. General manager Les Snead had expressed an interest in increasing his draft capital after trading away several key picks in recent years to bolster their veteran depth, and he found a willing partner in the Falcons.
Atlanta used the 31st overall pick on Washington offensive tackle Kaleb McGary. Los Angeles added the Falcons' two picks to its 94th and 99th overall choices, giving the Rams one second-round pick and three third-round picks on what should be a busy Friday.
The Rams have not made a first-round selection since 2016, when they traded up with Tennessee to select Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick. McVay transformed them into back-to-back NFC West champions during his two-year tenure without help from a first-round rookie.
Several potential draftees were available at areas of need for the Rams, including the offensive line and the secondary. Snead and McVay decided to add picks instead.