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 Thursday, May 3rd about your Los Angeles Rams:
NFC West Draft Grades for 2018
Sticking with the post-draft theme of the week, the NFL.com’s Gennaro Filice and Nick Shook have attempted way-too-early division by division assessment of the 2018 NFl Draft. For each division in the league, both writers are considering the makeup of every roster along with the factors surrounding each pick to deliver their own draft grades.
Below is Gennaro's review of the NFC West, and specifically of the Los Angeles Rams:
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“Yes, the Rams entered last weekend without many premium picks, having spent draft currency to acquire Brandin Cooks, Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib earlier this offseason. Seems like good business to me, knowing that the Rams are undoubtedly entering the 2018 campaign with understandable win-now intentions. So, how did Les Snead handle the remaining draft resources in last week's three-day affair? That's what I felt this grade should reflect. My judgment: Not too shabby. With their only pick in the first two days of the draft, the Rams selected a developmental tackle with promising tools and athleticism (Noteboom) -- wise move, given that Andrew Whitworth's not getting any younger. Another idea I liked: Racking up a bunch of Day 3 lottery tickets and playing the numbers game. Snead peppered need areas (linebacker, O-line/D-line depth) with a bunch of prospects. Not hard to imagine a few sticking. Three stood out to me: Allen (a smart, nasty center), Okoronkwo (a high-motor edge whose production far outshines his underwhelming traits) and Kelly (a hard-charging, versatile back who can spell Todd Gurley).”
**Most Intriguing Storylines to Come Out of the NFL Draft
With the draft now in the books, all 32 teams will enter the assembly phase of the offseason. During this time rookie minicamps will take place, veteran workouts will continue, and official practices will soon begin.
But before we completely leave the NFL Draft behind, take a look at USA Today’s most intriguing storylines to come out of this year’s event.
Here’s a few of the top-ten below. Check out the full list by clicking here.
— The State of the Browns: This offseason featured dramatic moves for Cleveland. From the trades for wide receiver Jarvis Landry, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and cornerback Damarious Randall, to the signing of seven free agents. Taking Baker Mayfield first overall marked the pinnacle. But how quickly will it all come together?
— Win-Now Giants: By passing on Sam Darnold or another top quarterback at No. 2, and instead taking running back Saquon Barkley, the Giants signaled they remain fully confident in Eli Manning.
— Jon Gruden’s Comeback: Gruden and general manager Reggie McKenzie passed on a much-needed top-flight defensive player at 15th overall. Instead, they picked UCLA’s Kolton Miller, who could start at right tackle. His other ongoing mission involves helping quarterback Derek Carr reach elite status.
— The Raven’s Quarterback Picture: You knew they would take a developmental quarterback with Joe Flacco aging. But Ozzie Newsome made a splash, trading back into the first round to take Lamar Jackson.
— Rams’ Reload: After an aggressive March and early April (trading for cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib and wide receiver Brandin Cooks while signing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh), the Rams used the draft to bolster depth. In OTAs, the focus will center on fitting all these new pieces together with the core group that produced the NFC West title. Another priority: signing defensive lineman Aaron Donald to a much-deserved contract extension.