With the NFL Draft officially over for the Los Angeles Rams, it’s going to be interesting how the rest of the offseason pans out. Will there be OTA’s or training camp? When will the preseason begin? It’s certainly going to be a situation to keep an eye on and most certainly could have an effect on what the final 55-man roster looks like. We decided to take a stab at it anyway. Here’s a way-too-early 55-man roster prediction for the Rams.
Jared Goff and John Wolford seem to be the safe bets here. However, with an extra three roster spots due to the new CBA, it’s going to be interesting to see how teams use it. A third quarterback seems like the best bet. The competition between Bryce Perkins and Josh Love will be one to keep an eye on. However, while Perkins has a nice arm, I’m not sure where he fits in the NFL whether it’s as an offensive weapon or as a quarterback. Love fits the mold of the rest of the Los Angeles Rams’ quarterbacks and might end up being the best quarterback in the draft with the last name Love.
Running Back (4)
The top-3 here seem to be set in stone. However, the final spot will most likely come down to Xavier Jones and John Kelly. Kelly was a former sixth-round selection and hasn’t done much of anything in his two seasons. Jones will have an opportunity to break through and would be a great story coming from Eric Dickerson’s alma mater.
Tight End (4)
It would not be surprising if Everett ends up being traded between now and training camp. After drafting Hopkins, it’s hard to see where he fits. However, he has not been traded yet, so he makes our 55-man roster. Kendall Blanton spent last season on the Los Angeles Rams’ practice squad so it would not be surprising to see him make it with three extra roster spots, but keeping five tight ends seems like a lot.
Wide Receiver (6)
The bottom two or three wide receiver spots are going to be interesting to watch. Eason Winston could make noise out of Washington State as could Trishton Jackson out of Syracuse. In the end, I believe the Rams go with Dortch who can return punts and then Winston who will bring some upside.
Offensive Line (9)
This is going to be a position group that everyone has their eyes on come training camp. I’m going to make a bold statement and think that the Rams cut Brian Allen. Allen did not play well at center last season. The team traded for Corbett, re-signed Blythe, and then brought in Cabral as an undrafted free agent. All three guys have the ability to play center.
Defensive Line (5)
The top six seem to be set in stone for the Rams, but don’t be surprised if a player like Mike Hoecht or even Sam Renner pushes for a roster spot. Smart might be the surprise cut here, but the Rams have depth at nose tackle.
The Rams aren’t deep at edge, but there is some potential here. Floyd was a free agent singing and Lewis was just drafted in the third round while Okoronkwo showed flashes last season. Polite then comes in at the back-end as a player that was considered a first-round draft pick last season.
The Rams must feel solid about their group of linebackers because they didn’t re-sign Littleton and didn’t address the position until the seventh-round in the draft. They also signed just one player at the position in undrafted free agency. This is a very unproven group.
Burgess could slide in here at nickel cornerback, but that will most likely be in big nickel packages. Ramsey, Hill, and Long are the top-3 guys in this group. Everything else will be a competition. I do believe the Rams like their depth here. Lavonta Taylor will have a shot to make the roster as he’s a versatile player that can play anywhere in the secondary.
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This is a three safety league and the Rams have three safeties that have the ability to start and all have different skillsets. It will be interesting how the Rams rotate all three. Behind them, Gervase showed flashes in the preseason last year and Fuller will contribute on special teams.
Special Teams (3)
Many will expect Sloman to be the guy here and it wouldn’t surprise me if it was. However, Hajrullahu has professional experience kicking in big moments. He made 85% of his kicks last season with a long of 56 and is 10/10 from 50+ yards the last two seasons.