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The Los Angeles Rams lost Andrew Whitworth to retirement this offseason, so offensive tackle became a potential position to target in the 2022 NFL draft. After spending most of their picks on defense, the Rams used their final pick in the draft on AJ Arcuri, an offensive tackle out of Michigan State.
The Rams acquired the 261st overall pick in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, along with the 235th overall pick, which turned into Daniel Hardy earlier in the seventh round. Arcuri will become a depth piece on Los Angeles’ offensive line behind tackles like Joseph Noteboom and Rob Havenstein.
With the 261st pick…
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) April 30, 2022
At Michigan State, Arcuri was named to the Academic All-Big Ten five times. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 2020 and was a semifinalist for the 2021 William V. Campbell trophy.
Arcuri is a massive tackle that is plenty strong enough to handle power rushers in the NFL. Before getting an opportunity to see meaningful snaps, Arcuri would benefit from developing behind Noteboom and Havenstein.