Daily Dose: Rams have decisions to make on defense

Each weekday, 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 Monday, February 16th about your Los Angeles Rams.

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DECISIONS ON DEFENSE

With the NFL Scouting Combine just a week away, ESPN's Lindsey Thiry took a look at the Rams' defense and assessed the offseason outlook at a few key spots, starting with the defensive line and veteran free agent DT Ndamukong Suh.

Here's a bit of what Thiry had to say about Suh, CB Marcus Peters, S Lamarcus Joyner, and OLB Dante Fowler's future with the club entering the 2019 offseason:

Defensive line: A nine-year veteran, Suh had an unremarkable regular season that included 4.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. But he turned it on in the playoffs, and because of standout performances against the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round and the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game, Suh could demand a large free-agent contract, one far out of the range of what the Rams could afford.

Linebacker: Fowler made several key plays throughout the regular season and playoffs, but it is unclear if the former first-round pick made a grand enough impression in 10 games, including the playoffs, to warrant a long-term extension.

Safety: The Rams have been known to place a tag on a player for consecutive seasons, most recently cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who played two seasons on the franchise tag before he signed in 2018 with the New York [Jets]. But it remains uncertain if they'll put a premium on Joyner's position.

Corner: A first-round pick in 2015, Peters will enter the fifth and final season of his rookie contract and is due a long-term extension before the season. The question is, will the Rams make an offer?

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L.A.'s DREAM DRAFT PICK

Gary Davenport of the Bleacher Report identified one dream draft pick for each NFL team and for the Rams it's Alabama safety Deionte Thompson — who Davenport believes would start off the bat in Los Angeles.

Here's what Draft Wire's Gavino Borquez said about one of the draft's top safeties:

"Thompson is the latest in a long line of Alabama defensive backs to be considered first-round draft selections. He flies around the field hunting the football and plays that game 'full tilt, full time.' He's got great speed and acceleration which allows him to cover a great amount of range. Thompson is quick-footed and fluid through the hips. He has no trouble getting out of breaks of flipping his hips to turn and run."

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PASS BLOCKING WRs

Pro Football Focus shared its highest-rated pass-blocking wide receivers in 2018 on Sunday and three of the top four are Rams receivers.

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