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 by aeneas1
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Rams invested in depth at key positions in the 2019 NFL Draft, set themselves up for long-term success.
By Michael Renner • May 8, 2019
https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/p ... rm-success

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After losing to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl last season, the Los Angeles Rams were in the enviable position of not having any glaring needs come draft day. As such, they moved back three times before their first selection came with the 61st overall pick. When Friday night ended, the Rams had added four players on Day 2 in an effort to build out depth throughout the roster. Even without needs, the path to seeing the field for each may come sooner rather than later.

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Washington safety Taylor Rapp was the first name written on a Rams draft card this year, and with the Eric Weddle signing, it’s a position that doesn’t necessarily qualify as an immediate need. That is if the Washington star really stays at safety.

Rapp is not only one of the draft’s most effective box safeties, but he’s also going to a defense that has employed former safety Mark Barron at linebacker the past five seasons. At 212 pounds, Rapp could more than hold his own in such a role. Last season, Rapp earned an 89.8 coverage grade, allowing only eight catches on 18 targets for two first downs.

From there, the Rams selected the best outside-zone runner in the draft class – the concept which the Rams ran more of than any other team in the NFL last season. On 53 outside zone runs over the past two seasons, Darrell Henderson gained 569 yards and broke 16 tackles. His 10.7 yards per carry on those runs led the nation. Scheme fits don’t get too much better than that.

The Rams wrapped up the third round with a couple of PFF favorites. David Long was the single-most lockdown cornerback in the country over the past two seasons. He fell due to size concerns, but it didn’t matter at Michigan, where he allowed all of 18 catches over the two-year span. While the Rams have three established starters in place, both Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib’s contracts expire after this season. He’ll likely see work in dime packages right out the gate.

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Oklahoma tackle Bobby Evans capped off the day as the Rams addressed another value position. His own Sooners thought enough of him in 2017 to start him over early-second round pick Cody Ford at right tackle. That year, he earned an 86.2 overall grade while going 80.0-plus in both run and pass blocking. Evans kicked over to the left side in 2018, though, and struggled mightily with the transition – something we’ve seen regularly in our grading with offensive lineman making such a switch. His hands were a mess flipping sides, and he routinely opened the door inside for opposing defenders. However, the talent we saw in 2017 didn’t just go away, and he now has valuable practice to be the Rams’ swing tackle.

It was a draft strategy that we here at PFF can applaud wholesale. Instead of seeing their Super Bowl demise and thinking they were one impact player away from changing their fate in 2019, Les Snead recognized that their window is longer than simply this season. The Rams filled out the roster with depth that can step right in if injury luck swings against their favor next season and will set them up to deal with players retiring or leaving in free agency down the line.

 by Dick84
3 days ago
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I love it.
The Evans stuff makes me feel good about him as a future starting guard/backup RT. I don't see him as a viable candidate for LT.. I still see Noteboom going there.
Rapp, Long and Gaines just strike me as very mature and ready for the NFL. Gaines would seem to be a good fit on first and second downs. Rapp and Long look, to me, to be the kind of guys who can be a part of the secondary for the next decade.. and start making an impact this year. All have been very good college players and have enough NFL traits to see them being able to excel at the next level.

I mean... we'll see, right? But, I like what I'm seeing.

 by max
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As much as I like to be guarded about our moves, and yes, at times play devils advocate, I agree with a lot of what PFF is saying. Most pointedly, IMO, is that we are coming off a SB appearance, we don't need major splash moves. We didn't lose in the first round of the playoffs at home to the Falcons. What we did was dominate in the second round at home against the Cowboys. This team was clearly better in 2018 than it was in 2017, and there are reasons to expect natural improvement in 2019 from McVay and Goff. How often do young talented HC and QB combinations that are good enough to reach the SB regress? If anything, they get even better.

 by AvengerRam
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Israel   Longwood, FL
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max wrote:How often do young talented HC and QB combinations that are good enough to reach the SB regress? If anything, they get even better.


I guess one could point to Dan Quinn/Matt Ryan as an example of post-Super Bowl regression, but their loss of their offensive architect in Shanahan, coupled with injuries, certainly contributed greatly to their downturn.

I like how we’re set up. Part of me thinks our peak may come in 2020, but I think we’re ready to contend again this year.

 by Elvis
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United States of America   Los Angeles
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max wrote:As much as I like to be guarded about our moves, and yes, at times play devils advocate, I agree with a lot of what PFF is saying. Most pointedly, IMO, is that we are coming off a SB appearance, we don't need major splash moves. We didn't lose in the first round of the playoffs at home to the Falcons. What we did was dominate in the second round at home against the Cowboys. This team was clearly better in 2018 than it was in 2017, and there are reasons to expect natural improvement in 2019 from McVay and Goff. How often do young talented HC and QB combinations that are good enough to reach the SB regress? If anything, they get even better.


Really young and good HC and QB, potentially a very sweet spot to be in...

 by Elvis
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AvengerRam wrote:I guess one could point to Dan Quinn/Matt Ryan as an example of post-Super Bowl regression, but their loss of their offensive architect in Shanahan, coupled with injuries, certainly contributed greatly to their downturn.

I like how we’re set up. Part of me thinks our peak may come in 2020, but I think we’re ready to contend again this year.


This is the best part about your HC being your OC/play caller, you're not gonna lose him to a HC gig...

 by max
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AvengerRam wrote:I guess one could point to Dan Quinn/Matt Ryan as an example of post-Super Bowl regression, but their loss of their offensive architect in Shanahan, coupled with injuries, certainly contributed greatly to their downturn.

I like how we’re set up. Part of me thinks our peak may come in 2020, but I think we’re ready to contend again this year.


WTF? What are you doing putting a damper on McV/Goff? Is that really you AR?

Seriously, the Quinn/Ryan comparison is bad. Quinn is a DC who lucked into Shanahan to run his offense. And Ryan was 31 years old when he lost the SB.

 by PARAM
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max wrote:the Quinn/Ryan comparison is bad


It was a highly touted HC and Matty Ice. A 31 year old Matty Ice who was probably a lot better than a 24 year old Matty Ice. But you make a very strong point. Hard not to see it that way. A good thing...…...if Goff is better at 31 than he is at 24, we're in for a helluva ride.

 by AvengerRam
3 days ago
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Israel   Longwood, FL
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max wrote:WTF? What are you doing putting a damper on McV/Goff? Is that really you AR?


You clearly don’t know me. That much has been established.

Seriously, the Quinn/Ryan comparison is bad. Quinn is a DC who lucked into Shanahan to run his offense. And Ryan was 31 years old when he lost the SB.


So...it’s not the HC, it’s the OC....

So what other young HC or OC/QB combo that made the Super Bowl were you referring to?

Or were you just talking out your ass?

 by PARAM
3 days ago
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Madden was 40 when he won his Superbowl and they named a video game after him!!!
Noll was 42.
Jimmy J was 49.
So was Belichick.
Walsh was 51.

Now of course McVay hasn't won one yet but man if he does within the next couple of years...….here's hoping him and Les have a long lasting relationship!!!

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