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2018 NFC West Roster Roundup: Los Angeles Rams

How do all the big talents and personalities that Los Angeles acquired this offseason fit on a roster that won 11 games last year?


Projected Starters



QB: Jared Goff

RB: Todd Gurley
WR: Brandin Cooks
WR: Robert Woods
WR: Cooper Kupp
TE: Gerald Everett
LT: Andrew Whitworth
LG: Rodger Saffold
C: John Sullivan
RG: Jamon Brown
RT: Rob Havenstein



DE: Aaron Donald
DT: Ndamukong Suh
DE: Michael Brockers
OLB: Ogbonnia Okoronwko
ILB: Mark Barron
OLB: Matt Longacre
CB: Marcus Peters
CB: Aqib Talib

CB: Nickell Robey-Coleman
S: Lamarcus Joyner
S: John Johnson


Roster Notes/Thoughts


Notable depth

RB Malcolm Brown, RB John Kelly, WR Josh Reynolds, WR Pharoh Cooper, TE Tyler Higbee, OT Joseph Noteboom, C Brian Allen, DL Dominique Easley, DL Ethan Westbrooks, DL John Franklin-Myers, OLB Samson Ebukam, OLB Trevon Young, ILB Micah Kiser, ILB Ramik Wilson, ILB Bryce Hager, CB Sam Shields, S Blake Countess


Biggest strength: Defensive line

I hope the rest of the NFC is prepared to battle in the trenches when they face the Rams, as Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh on the same defensive line doesn’t even seem far for opposing quarterbacks. Plus, Michael Brockers is a really good player, too, and Los Angeles has great depth behind the three starters up front. All that said, it will be interesting to see if the star duo is able to keep their cool if things don’t go their way at some point during the season.


Biggest weakness: Outside linebacker

Even though he could be sidelined into training camp with a broken foot, Ogbonnia Okoronwko was the steal of the 2018 NFL Draft in my opinion and gave the Rams—who didn’t have a pick until No. 89 overall—an early Day 2 value in the fifth round. However, the Oklahoma product might take some time to make an impact due to the injury, and Matt Longacre, Samson Ebukam, and the rest of the pass rushers don’t bring a lot of juice off the edge for Wade Phillips’ defense.


Position battle to watch: Tight end

Los Angeles is basically set when it comes to their starters, but Gerald Everett will need to beat out Tyler Higbee this summer if he was to be a full-time player in Sean McVay’s offense. The 2017 second-round pick could bring a new dimension to the passing attack if he reaches his potential in year two.


Early over/under: 9.5 wins (via Odds Shark)

Over. I am definitely a little concerned about team chemistry potentially not being there with three top-billed defenders—Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, and Ndamukong Suh—all being acquired in one offseason, but Sean McVay is probably the only 32-year-old in the world that should be able to keep everyone in check, especially with defensive coordinator Wade Phillips there to help. The division is tough, but LA should reach double-digit wins again.


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