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Man Crush Friday: Highlighting the Youth

The Rams up and down season can be largely attributed to two things: Inconsistent QB play and youth. The standouts from the Rams final Primetime game accentuated the latter of the two.

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For the third year in a row under Jeff Fisher, this Rams roster is the youngest in the league. It's no secret that the roster was built primarily around youth. While playing one of the toughest schedules in the NFL, this youthful Rams squad has played better than most expected. Even though their record doesn't show it, they are a better team than they were last year - and your MCF options are a big reason why.

Option 1 - TJ McDonald

"TJ Mac" has become the heart and soul of Rams secondary. He is what Chris Long is to the DL; what JL55 is to the LB corps. He may not be Earl Thomas, but he is starting to earn some recognition as a rising star in the NFL safety realm.

While fans were clamoring for Kenny Vacarro, Eric Reid, and Matt Elam, Jeff Fisher and Co. were happy to snag TJ Mac in the 3rd round (71st overall). TJ has shown more in coverage of late as well, enabling Gregg Williams to be more creative with his play calling.

TJ is among a new breed of do-it-all safeties that are giving defenses a fighting chance in today's offensive-centric NFL.

Option 2 - Aaron Donald

Is there anything this kid can't do? Each passing week, he shows that Snisher and Co. were wise to snag him at #13 in the draft. Donald has made his money in the opponents backfield as a rookie. He's notched 15 TFL to go along with 7 sacks. Pairing him with the Rams elite DEs and Michael Brockers has been a goldmine for the defense.

Option 3 - Stedman Bailey

"Studman" was the other West Virginia WR that the Rams drafted in the 2013 Draft. Many doubted the pick, particularly with Chris Givens coming off a sensational rookie campaign. He's undersized and isn't a burner, yet he always finds a way to make a play when the team needs it. He's a flat out 'gamer'.

Players like Bailey aren't supposed to be able to hack it in the NFL, where freakish athleticism reigns supreme. But he is living proof that hard work and dedication can take you anywhere.

Decision time TSTers! If you're recovered enough from last night's inebriation that is....