Daily Dose: Three Rams Make ‘The Perfect Roster’

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 Wednesday August 15th about your Los Angeles Rams:

THE PERFECT ROSTER

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell recently formulated his annual ‘Perfect 53-Man Roster’ for 2018. Barnwell bettered his selection system by adding a few rules. In this year’s edition, Barnwell determined the roster must fall under the $177 million salary cap, players must come from each of the 32 NFL teams (but no more than three players), there are now realistic special teams roster members, and a few other adjustments to make the roster more realistic.

So which Rams made Barnwell’s perfect roster and why?

DT Aaron Donald

“This is the most stacked position on our roster and a spot in which we might legitimately have four Pro Bowlers. Donald has taken J.J. Watt's spot as the most impactful defender in football, and we have three wildly underrated tackles to play alongside him.”

Punter (6) Johnny Hekker of the Los Angeles Rams practices on Day 6 of Training Camp, Wednesday, August 1, 2018, in Irvine, CA. (Jeff Lewis/Rams)

P Johnny Hekker

“Our specialists include arguably the best pound-for-pound player in football, as Johnny Hekker is both an excellent punter and an annual threat on trick plays.”

LB Travin Howard

Barnwell selected Howard for his special teams abilities.

TOP 9 DEFENSE

NFL.com’s Adam Schein released a list of his nine best defenses across the league on Tuesday. Just last week, Shein rated the Rams’ offense at No. 6 in his top nine offenses.

Here is how Schein’s defensive list shakes out:

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

2.  Minnesota Vikings

3. Arizona Cardinals

4. Los Angeles Chargers

5. Philadelphia Eagles

6. Houston Texans

7. Los Angeles Rams

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips of the Los Angeles Rams coaches against the Baltimore Ravens during the Rams 7-33 loss to the Ravens in a Week 1 NFL preseason game, Thursday, August 9, 2018, in Baltimore, MD. (Jeff Lewis/Rams)

“Let's assume for a minute that the Rams come to terms with the single best defensive player on the planet. Aaron Donald puts pen to paper, and I'm all in on this team. Donald is the most unstoppable defensive force in the NFL. He makes everything go -- everything including Ndamukong Suh, who will be highly motivated on a one-year deal.”

“I loved the Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib acquisitions. Knuckleheads? Yeah, they've had some well-documented issues. But the Rams suddenly have a top-two cornerback combination in the NFL. And the great maestro, Wade Phillips, will make this unit sing.”

8. Atlanta Falcons

9. New England Patriots

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