It’s no secret that the St. Louis Rams have a very sound defense, filled with notable names and a litany of first round draft picks. And while it’s oftentimes the defensive front - featuring Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald, Alec Ogletree, and many others in the front seven - garnering the mentions, the secondary has had a very strong 2015 campaign as well, despite games missed by key starters Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson, T.J. McDonald...and the entirety of the year for 2014 rookie standout E.J. Gaines.
But regardless of injuries sustained, players have stepped up in the secondary, and according to Pro Football Focus, who released their Top 10 NFL secondaries list today, the Rams boast a Top 5 grouping of defensive backs.
5. St. Louis Rams
Average PFF grade: 76.8
All five Rams’ players listed are fourth-year players or younger, and keep progressively getting better. Johnson is now the fifth-ranked cornerback, ranking No.1 in NFL QB rating allowed in his coverage (47.4) to go along with seven interceptions. McLeod is currently the ninth-ranked safety, and has played the second-most snaps among all secondary players, with 1,096, behind only Philadelphia’s Malcolm Jenkins. McDonald had also improved prior to his season-ending shoulder injury.
Standout stat: The average age of these five is exactly 25 years old.
That’s the good news. The Rams have some decisions to make in the upcoming offseason though, as the aforementioned Johnson [UFA], Jenkins [UFA], and McLeod [RFA] are all scheduled to hit free agency. You can add safety/linebacker Mark Barron [UFA], who’s also had a stellar season, to that list as well.