Sunday, May 30, 2021

Los Angeles Rams Post-Draft 2021 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 6.4 (7th)
  • Best ranking: 4th (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 9th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the Rams in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 4

Players who benefited most from draft: OL Brian Allen, Coleman Shelton and Austin Corbett

The Rams lost center Austin Blythe to the Chiefs in free agency and did not draft a replacement. That means Allen, Shelton and Corbett will compete for the starting job in 2021 and possibly earn the opportunity snap to quarterback Matthew Stafford for several seasons beyond. Allen has the most experience after starting nine games as a second-year pro in 2019, but he has not appeared in a game since suffering a season-ending knee injury that year. Shelton has no NFL experience at the position, and Corbett, who started the past two seasons at guard, has played the position in only the preseason. -- Lindsey Thiry -- Rank: 7

As you undoubtedly know, the Rams are obsessed with trading top draft assets for established veterans, and no amount of oceanfront square footage at a Malibu Airbnb will make them a buzzy team this time of year. Still, we found some intrigue in their first pick at 57 overall: Tutu Atwell, the 155-pound Louisville receiver who became the lightest draft pick to enter the league since at least 2006, per ESPN. Atwell's diminutive build feels like it could be a problem at the next level, but he also adds another element to a solid receiver room that already includes Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson and DeSean Jackson.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 6

Getting Matt Stafford to go with that dominant defense should help this team get in the playoff mix again. But will not having first-round picks for five years come back to bite this team?

USA Today -- Rank: 9

The secondary of last season's top-ranked defense has suffered key personnel losses, but that could be a moot point if new QB Matthew Stafford can threaten opposing secondaries in a way that restores the offense to an elite level.

The Athletic -- Rank: 6

They have one of the most top-heavy rosters in the league. If the Rams can stay healthy -- they had the second-best injury luck last year -- they have a Super Bowl ceiling with Matthew Stafford. But depth is a big question. The Rams have used just one draft pick on the offensive line in the last two years. Defensively, what does this group look like if Aaron Donald or Jalen Ramsey misses time? It's hard to look past the fact that the Packers put 484 yards up on the Rams with Donald banged-up in the NFC Championship game last season.

The reason to bet on Los Angeles is that an efficient offense can make up for a lot of shortcomings. In four seasons with Sean McVay, the Rams have produced a top-10 offense three times and have never finished lower than 12th.

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