The Daily Dose: Which Recent NFL Draft Year Provided the Most Value?

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 Monday, April 9th about your Los Angeles Rams:

Rams Believe Their Contending Window Won't Shut After 2018

With all the activity surrounding the Rams in free agency — adding Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, Ndamukong Suh, and most recently Brandin Cooks — some have speculated the club is pushing all of their chips towards the 2018 season.

But general manager Les Snead believes that the changes made this offseason will have long term implications, bettering the team for 2019, 2020 and beyond.

Best photos of newly acquired WR Brandin Cooks. (Photos by AP)

And this week, ESPN.com writer Alden Gonzalez is taking a look at the team's plan for the future, expanding on three major reasons why the Rams believe they are set up for success moving forward.

1) The Rams are getting good value out of the quarterback position.

2) No team has more cap space over the next two years than the Rams.

3) They're still relatively young.

For more on the team's contending window, read the rest of Gonzalez' article by clicking here.  

Which Recent NFL Draft Year Provided the Most Value?

The 2018 NFL Draft is just two weeks away. And in the spirit of draft season, ESPN's Seth Walder is using the benefit of hindsight to rank the draft classes of the past 10 years. In his breakdown, Walder also selects the best and worst value picks of each draft.

To do so, ESPN.com used Pro Football Reference's approximate value from every player's first three seasons (3AV) to evaluate each class from 2008-2015. Plus, they identified the best and worst value picks from those drafts by using every players 3AV relative to the expected 3AV for that player's draft slot.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was named as the best value selection of the 2014 Draft — which came out as the No. 3 best draft class on the list.

3. 2014

— 3AV per player: 7.6

— Best value: DL Aaron Donald, Rams, pick 13

— Worst value: CB Justin Gilbert, Browns, pick 8

"The first 20 picks of the 2014 draft trailed only 2011 in terms of value, with superstars such as a Donald, Khalil Mack, Odell Beckham Jr. and Zack Martin emerging from the first half of the first round. However, the draft did start off with two players who failed to match expectations in their first three years: Jadeveon Clowney and Greg Robinson.

The 2014 draft also featured five first-round receivers to outplay their draft slot's expectation over their first three years in Beckham, Sammy Watkins (barely), Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin."

Gurley Spends the Weekend at WrestleMania

Todd Gurley has had quite a busy offseason in 2018 and this weekend was no exception as the star running back took in WrestleMania 34, hosted in New Orleans. The annual event is known as the biggest night of the year for the WWE and this year, Gurley gave fans an inside look at some of the excitement.

Check out snapshots from the big night through Gurley's Twitter and Instagram:

N.W.O FLOW!!!

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