With not a lot of household names on the Rams secondary many were unsure where they would fall on Pro Football Focus’ new ranking. It appears as though the Rams are higher than many expected falling at 24th out of 32 in secondary rankings.
Pro Football Focus seems to see the upside in the Rams secondary, but knows as of right now they have no business being much higher. There isn’t a ton of turnover besides the addition of Kayvon Webster and the loss of T.J. McDonald. PFF had this to say on the Rams as they graded one spot ahead of the 49ers.
“CB Trumaine Johnson will be one of the bigger Rams stories to follow heading into training camp, as he did not sign his franchise tag by Tuesday’s deadline. While there are questions throughout the remainder of the secondary, S Maurice Alexander impressed last season with an 83.0 overall grade and a passer rating of 53.9 on throws into his primary coverage (eighth best among all safeties). Nickell Robey-Coleman should factor into the Rams secondary as he saw a 74.9 passer rating when targeted in the slot last season in Buffalo, the fifth-lowest mark across the league.”
Even though this ranking shocked me, I would still suggest the Rams should be a little higher than this. LaMarcus Joyner was ranked in the top 32 at the cornerback position, Trumaine Johnson ranked among the top 30, Nickell Robey-Coleman ranked well and Maurice Alexander broke out in a big way last year. It’s going to be hard to see the Rams secondary somehow fall apart with Wade Phillips at the helm. Still, with all of that being said it still has to hurt a little bit seeing the New York Giants at number one on the list with Janoris Jenkins who was a former Ram as the headliner name of the group.
Overall, with a starter coming into the fray that hasn’t started since his rookie year in the NFL and a position switch from nickel to safety for LaMarcus Joyner the upside is endless especially the arrow that will shift pointing straight up or straight down.