Los Angeles Rams, Def, Rams
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2016 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-27-2016 by Shawn Childs
The Rams finished 20th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (1820) with some success limiting rushing TDs (7). Rushers gained 4.0 yards per carry while averaging 28.3 runs per game.
They ranked 23rd in passing yards allowed (4065) with 21 TDs and 13 Ints. Their defensive line had 41 sacks.
DT Aaron Donald is one of the best interior linemen in the league in 2015. In his second year in the league, Donald had 11 sacks (nine in 2014) while offering impact value against the run. LA drafted Aaron in the first round in 2014. DT Michael Brockers was a steady all-around player in 2015 with a slight edge in run support. His sack total (3) peaked in 2013 (5.5). Brockers is also a former first round draft pick (2012). DE Robert Quinn was a complete monster in 2013 when he delivered 19 sacks. Last season he missed eight games due to knee, hip, and back issues. Quinn had five sacks over the first seven games with winning value against the run. Robert is the third player on the defensive line selected in the first round. DE William Hayes is the veteran on this line at age 31. He played his best ball of his career in 2015 with value in run support and rushing the QB (5.5 sacks). The Rams added DE Quinton Coples for depth in the offseason. The Jets selected him in the first round in 2012, but his game lost value in 2015.
LB Alec Ogletree struggled in coverage last year over four games while showing some upside against the run and in the pass rush. Alec suffered a broken leg in Week 4. Ogletree had over 100 tackles in his first two years in the league after LA drafted him in the first round in 2013. LB Mark Barron had his best season of his career in 2015 leading to 116 tackles and one sack. His best asset came in the run game. The Bucs drafted him in the first round in 2012. LB Akeem Ayers has bounced around the league over the last couple of season. He looks like a neutral player with some risk in pass coverage.
CB Trumaine Johnson had his best season in coverage last year leading a plus grade with value as well in run support. Trumaine did miss a couple of games due to a thigh issue. The second CB position has the potential to offer risk with three possible four players vying for the starting job. S T.J. McDonald struggled in pass coverage while missing five games with a foot issue. He had a DUI in the offseason, which may lead to a suspension. The other safety job looks like an open competition with no player offering impact value.
Based on talent, Los Angeles should have strength at the first and second levels of their defense. They have six players drafted in the first round. Names don't win games, so this group has a lot to prove as they have failed to offer the upside the Rams and Fantasy owners have expected. Injuries were part of the problem in 2015. Their secondary could be a real issue especially in games when LA doesn't pressure the QB. Over the past couple of seasons, the Rams' defense has had a tendency to be front runners. When they have the lead, they play well. When they get beat early, they don't play well enough to shut down opponents. As a Fantasy option, I'm somewhat turned off by the lack of player makers to defend the passing game. Los Angeles may be a top 10 Fantasy defense, but I'd look elsewhere for impact value.
2016 Mock Draft Results
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #1
June 12th, 2016
|17.09||Matt De Lima - If their offense is a little better, it takes a lot of pressure of what could be a very special defense.|
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #2
June 27th, 2016
|17.07||Scout Fantasy - Matt De Lima - Aaron Donald, Alec Ogletree, Robert Quinn. This defense will need to be great because they certainly don't have an offense.|
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #3
August 10th, 2016
|17.07||Scout Fantasy - Armando Marsal - Have an elite returner in Tavon Austin who is always capable of taking one back. They can also score points on turnovers and sacks.|
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