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The Daily Dose: Goff, Gurley, Cooks Among NFL’s Best Young Stars

Posted Apr 13, 2018

All the latest headlines surrounding the Los Angeles Rams for Friday, April 13.


This offseason, theRams.com will be taking a look around the internet for the top Rams headlines of the day. Here’s a look at what’s out there for Friday, April 13th about your Los Angeles Rams:

Ranking the 18 Quarterback Classes Since 2000

This month’s NFL Draft offers one of the deepest talent pools of quarterbacks that the league has ever seen. And with four possible passrs set to be taken within the first five picks, the NFL.com’s Marc Sessler is looking back at the top quarterback classes since 2000.

Current Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who was drafted as the No. 1 overall pick in 2016, along with the rest of his class came in as the seventh-best since the turn of the millenium.

7) 2016
Round 1: Jared Goff (No. 1), Carson Wentz (No. 2), Paxton Lynch (No. 26)
Round 2: Christian Hackenberg (No. 51)
Round 3: Jacoby Brissett (No. 91), Cody Kessler (No. 93)
Round 4: Connor Cook (No. 100), Dak Prescott (No. 135), Cardale Jones (No. 139)
Round 5: Kevin Hogan (No. 162)
Round 6: Nate Sudfeld (No. 187), Jake Rudock (No. 191), Brandon Allen (No. 201), Jeff Driskel (No. 207)
Round 7: Brandon Doughty (No. 223)

“One offseason ago, I had this group buried in the middle of the pack. Today, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz look like home runs for their respective teams. Goff enjoyed a tangible on-field leap under wunderkind coach Sean McVay. With the Rams aggressively building around their young signal-caller, Goff's ceiling has yet to be determined. Wentz watched from the sideline as Nick Foles authored a storybook Super Bowl win for the Eagles, but that doesn't take away from what Wentz accomplished last autumn. Before suffering a torn ACL in Week 14, he was an MVP-level talent, shredding teams with his powerful arm and next-level scrambling ability. Assuming he stays healthy, Wentz looks like a decade-plus, top-five fixture in the NFL.”

Top 25 Under 25: Ranking NFL's Best Young Stars Ahead of the 2018 Draft

As the team at Bleacher Report puts it, in the NFL, youth is king. While there are plenty of talented, veteran players on both sides of the ball, last season saw the emergence of an incredible group of young stars.

With that in mind Gary Davenport is delivering his top 25 players in the league who have yet to celebrate their 25th birthday. And three Rams were named to the list: 

13. Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams (24)

Cooks is a rarity on this list—while most of the players here are still on the teams that drafted them, Cooks has been dealt for a first-round pick in the last two offseasons. But Cooks has been consistently productive no matter his address, topping 1,000 receiving yards in each of the last three campaigns. 

4. Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams

“What a difference a year makes.

As a rookie two years ago, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff looked lost. In seven starts, Goff managed just five touchdown passes. His passer rating was a miserable 63.6. The lightbulb clicked on for Goff in Year 2 so loudly it could be heard in Buffalo.

Goff was a completely different quarterback in 2017. The indecisive and inaccurate kid was gone, replaced by a young gunslinger who made defenses pay over and over again down the field. If the 23-year-old takes another similar leap forward in 2018, the Rams could be headed to the Super Bowl.”

1. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

“Los Angeles Rams tailback Todd Gurley entered the 2017 season trying to rebound from a disappointing second year in the NFL in which he managed just 3.2 yards per carry.

The 23-year-old left Year 3 as an MVP candidate and the best player in the league under the age of 25. Even with the Week 17 siesta, he finished second, second and first among non-quarterbacks. For much of the month of December, Gurley was being talked up as an MVP candidate.

His third-year explosion was enough to land a trip to the Pro Bowl and Offensive Player of the Year honors from the Associated Press. It was also enough to land Gurley at the top of this list."