Monday, May 16, 2022

Los Angeles Rams Post-Draft NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Los Angeles Rams rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 1.6 (1st)
  • Best ranking: 1 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 2 (Multiple)

Below you will find a post-NFL Draft roundup for the Rams in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 2

Player who benefited most from draft: QB Matthew Stafford

The Rams didn't have a first-rounder for the sixth straight draft or a second-rounder due to the Von Miller trade, not drafting until the compensatory portion of the third round. But with that pick, the Rams took Wisconsin guard Logan Bruss, who gives them another player capable of competing for the open starting position at right guard -- which Austin Corbett vacated by leaving for the Panthers in free agency. The Rams have had success with Wisconsin linemen (right tackle Rob Havenstein and left guard David Edwards are former Badgers), so they are hoping to hit there again and continue to provide Stafford protection to get the ball to his talented receiving corps. -- ESPN staff -- Rank: 2

As the Thursday night press conference featuring Sean McVay and Les Snead made clear, the party goes on for the defending champs. The Rams are one of just two teams (Dolphins) since 2009 to not make a selection in the first 100 choices of a draft, so, yes, the "Eff Them Picks" era of Rams football remains alive and well. I could share my trenchant thoughts about Logan Bruss, third-round pick out of Wisconsin, but I think we're all more interested in whether Odell Beckham Jr. will return to Los Angeles in 2022. The veteran wide receiver remains a free agent while he recovers from his latest ACL reconstruction surgery.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

The champs will be poised to make another Super Bowl run. They are basically the same team. The question is can they handle being the hunted.

USA Today -- Rank: 2

Had they been able to reel in OL Cole Strange with that 104th pick, we coulda crowned them Super Bowl 57 champs. Alas ... LA's championship core returns largely intact, despite a few key losses (OLB Von Miller, WR Odell Beckham Jr.?) and with some intriguing additions (LB Bobby Wagner, WR Allen Robinson). Also noteworthy, they're the only team in the NFC West without an issue at quarterback or some form of major offseason drama.

The Athletic -- Rank: 1

It's been a relatively quiet offseason for the defending Super Bowl champions, with no blockbuster trades or draft picks in the top 100. Among the notable changes: left tackle Andrew Whitworth retired and veteran linebacker Bobby Wagner signed on. The Rams also reshaped the receiver room, adding Allen Robinson in free agency (Odell Beckham Jr. remains a free agent as he recovers from ACL surgery).

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