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2019 All-Rookie Team Predictions
NFL.com's Chad Reuter has his all-rookie team for the upcoming season and included a few new Rams on his list. He says defensive tackle Greg Gaines and cornerback David Long could both see enough action at their respective position in year one to walk a way with a postseason honor.
Defensive tackle: Greg Gaines, Los Angeles Rams (Round 4, No. 134). "Assuming free agent Ndamukong Suh does not return to the Rams, Gaines is in a perfect position to make an impact for the reigning NFC champions as a rookie. His motor and strength at the point of attack is well-known, but he can also be a factor in pushing the pocket."
Cornerback: David Long, Los Angeles Rams (Round 3, No. 79). "Pro Bowlers Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib are the scheduled starters, but Talib only played in eight games last year (due to injury) and hasn't ever played a full 16-game season. It won't be a surprise if Rams coaches get Long on the field early. He'll be tested, too, which gives him a shot at racking up interceptions and/or pass breakups, statistics that help young players receive postseason accolades."
For Reuter's complete all-rookie list, click here.
L.A.'s BREAKOUT ROOKIE
The Rams rookies are yet to arrive in Southern California, however predictions for year one are stacking up for Long, who stood out in February's NFL Combine after two seasons of strong coverage at Michigan — part of the reason why Bleacher Report's Brad Gagnon picked Long as the Rams' biggest rookie breakout for 2019:
"Coming off two strong seasons at Michigan, Long crushed both the short shuttle (3.97 seconds) and three-cone (6.45 seconds) at the NFL Scouting Combine, earning the fastest times among defensive backs for both. He isn't particularly big or fast, but the man can simply cover. His advanced statistics in the Big 12 were off the charts, per Pro Football Focus, with Long allowing just 18 receptions on 60 targets over 595 coverage snaps."
For each team's rookie breakout prediction, click here.
TODD FROM THE SLOT
Running back Todd Gurley lined up in the slot in nearly 20 percent of his receiving snaps in 2018 — the second-highest rate in the league.
Gurley caught 59 passes for 580 yards and four touchdowns in head coach Sean McVay's offense a season ago. He averaged 9.8 yards per reception.