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Draft analysts grade Rams' 2020 class

Running back Cam Akers, wide receiver Van Jefferson, outside linebacker Terrell Lewis, safety Terrell Burgess, tight end Brycen Hopkins, safety Jordan Fuller, linebacker Clay Johnston, kicker Samuel Sloman and offensive guard Tremayne Anchrum represent the newest group of Rams rookies.

What do experts make of L.A.'s nine-member 2020 draft class which addressed eight different positions? We take a look at some of their grades below.

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"Draft analysis: For the fourth straight draft, GM Les Snead didn't have a first-round pick. But the savvy decision-maker was able to make the most out of the four Day 2 picks (two second-rounders, two third-rounders) he did have in his arsenal. He added future contributors at running back (Akers) and receiver (Jefferson) while getting excellent value at edge (Lewis) and nickel (Burgess). Finding Hopkins in the fourth was an excellent value, while Fuller could be another Kurt Coleman-type pickup at safety. The loss of Cory Littleton in free agency, might make room inside for Johnston to fit in. Although it makes sense for the Rams to want competition at kicker, it is interesting that they opted over Georgia's Rodrigo Blankenship. Anchrum excelled at tackle for Clemson but will transition inside for the Rams."

"Cam Akers was a mature, gliding runner at Florida State, showing nuance and an understanding of how to read defensive fronts. If that translates to the NFL, he'll be a perfect fit in Sean McVay's outside zone running game.

"They also found a receiver who fits the passing game. What many scouts like most about Van Jefferson is his route running prowess. Not coincidentally, that happens to be one of the traits L.A. values most in a wide receiver. Some see Jefferson more as a slot weapon, though it's hard to envision the Rams moving Cooper Kupp out of that role. But remember, the slot designation does not matter quite as much in this scheme, as so many of its passes come on play-action and off route combinations that all originate from tight splits inside."

"The Rams got their replacements for Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks and Dante Fowler Jr. right off the bat. Lewis was the best pick of the three, but Akers and Jefferson have good opportunities to improve on their college production. Hopkins was a steal later for some depth. There was no early linebacker to help replace Cory LIttleton, but Burgess can be useful in coverage. Les Snead and Sean McVay finish right in the middle."

"Second-round running back Cam Akers will have to step in immediately for Todd Gurley. Second-round receiver Van Jefferson is a sneaky good pick. The Jets could've used him, but they traded back."

"They haven't picked in the first round since 2016, when QB Jared Goff was the No. 1 overall pick. But surrendering this year's first-rounder brought CB Jalen Ramsey, and GM Les Snead appeared to pick up four players Friday – RB Cam Akers (Round 2), WR Van Jefferson (Round 2), OLB Terrell Lewis (Round 3) and S Terrell Burgess (Round 3) – who could contribute early to a squad little more than a year removed from the Super Bowl."

"Another team not far removed from a playoff run, the Rams put together a solid start to their draft, despite not having a first-rounder. There were bigger needs to address, but taking Florida State running back Cam Akers late in the second round to replace Todd Gurley was a solid pick.

"Florida wide receiver Van Jefferson came off the board a little early as a second-rounder himself, but he's one of the most polished route runners in the class, and will replace Brandin Cooks well. A pair of third-round steals for the defense in Alabama edge rusher Terrell Lewis and Utah safety Terrell Burgess were the strength of this class.

"Purdue tight end Brycen Hopkins was a solid value in the fourth round, even if it wasn't a glaring need. Clemson offensive lineman Tremayne Anchurm was a strong addition in the seventh round given his versatility and experience against top competition."

"They didn't have a first-round pick after trading it away to the Jaguars in the Jalen Ramsey trade. But they did a nice job with what they did have. I think they got great value in the third round, taking defensive end Terrell Lewis and safety Terrell Burgess."

"The draft for the Rams this year was about getting pieces to help fix their offense. The team's first pick was used on running back Cam Akers in the second round. With Todd Gurley gone, a running back was a must in this draft. In Akers, the Rams have a big but quick running back who can get out to the second level in a hurry.

"Wide receiver Van Jefferson, the team's other second-round pick, is basically Jerry Jeudy lite. He's a very good route runner, shrugs off press coverage, and has good hands. He's not a speedy receiver, but he fits the Rams' offense.

"The Rams built up the back seven of their defense with Terrell Lewis, Terrell Burgess, and Jordan Fuller. If they can get one starting safety out of Burgess and Fuller, this is a good draft.

"This grade would be better if the Rams targeted a guard at some point before the seventh round."

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