Daily Dose: Rams Receive High Offseason Grade From NFL Executives

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 Wednesday, June 6th about your Los Angeles Rams:

The Top 50 NFL players For 2018: 

At the end of every NFL season, Pro Football Focus puts together its “Best 101 Players” of that year. But as we approach the preseason, the team is taking a look at the best players in the game overall right now.

Instead of 101, the list has been broken down into the top 50 players heading  the 2018 season — chosen by the PGG team and informed by grading, statistics, and schematic context. And though the full rankings have not been released yet, take a look at the current Ram who has made it so far:

  1. Ndamukong Suh, DI, Los Angeles Rams

“Suh signed a monster contract with the Miami Dolphins off the back of his rookie deal in Detroit and if anything, was even better during his tenure in Miami. His last three PFF grades (92.5, 89.3, 90.9) were all better than any single year he had with the Lions. Suh is dominant against the run and as a pass-rusher, and really the only flaw in his game is a monstrous volume of penalties on a consistent basis. He has 10-plus penalties in the last four consecutive seasons and 42 just in his three years playing in Miami.”

NFL Executives Grade Every Team's Offseason 

This week, ESPN senior writer Mike Sando is breaking down the moves and transactions of all 32 NFL Teams — putting together a report card of sorts for every club.

More than a dozen decision-makers around the league contributed their thoughts as part of the team-by-team review. Throughout the process, the group took into account coaching changes, free agency moves, and the draft.

After a flurry of impressive moves throughout the 2018 offseason, the Rams received an A- overall grade. Check below for a snippet of what Sando had to say about the club’s offseason and click here to read the full analysis.  

“The Rams worked the system impressively. Acquiring Brandin Cooks, Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib by trade and Ndamukong Suh off the discard pile shielded those acquisitions from the formula for compensatory draft choices. When Sammy Watkins and Trumaine Johnson left the team for massive paydays, the Rams moved into position to receive two 2019 third-round comp picks. Well done."

That work and the Rams' ability to maneuver their way into 11 selections in the 2018 draft produced high marks from executives, despite obvious risks.

‘They asked Sean McVay about adding some risky players, and he said, 'My defensive coordinator [Wade Phillips] has more swag than all of them,'" an exec said. "That is very empowering.’”

Check out photos from Day 8 of the Los Angeles Rams OTAs.

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