Khalil Mack. Aaron Donald, Ndamukang Suh. Michael Brockers.
That was the defensive line the Los Angeles Rams were hoping to assemble this offseason. But their plans did not work out.
Before the Raiders traded Khalil Mack to the Bears, the Rams offered a first and a third-round pick to Oakland for the edge rusher, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
According to Rams VP of football operations Kevin Demoff, the Raiders rejected the offer.
"We offered a pretty aggressive package and [the Raiders] came back and said, 'We just think you're going to pick too low,'" Demoff told ESPN.
That falls in line with what Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said immediately following the deal with the Bears.
"I wanted the opportunity, to hopefully, pick, just based on the history of the last couple of drafts, to pick a little early, that would be great. Kind of narrowed it down to some of those teams we felt would be,. that they have the opportunity to pick early in next year’s draft and in the future," McKenzie said on a conference call with reporters on Sept. 2.
The Raiders got a 2019 and 2020 first-round picks from the Bears for Mack.
According to ESPN, the Rams planned to keep Mack for just the 2018 season and then flip him next summer and try to get back some of the draft picks they would have traded to the Raiders.