Not many people consider defense to be a strong suit of the early 2000's Rams teams. Fans immediately remember the high-flying offense that the mad scientist put together. Before we get into why Leonard Little belongs here, lets recap the top 10 thus far.
As the Rams 1998 3rd round pick out of Tennessee, Leonard Little was brought into an organization that won 4 games the year prior and had picked Grant Wistrom at #6 overall in the same draft. They also had Kevin Carter as the in house sack king - he had 12 in the 1998 season.
Now there are two ways to look at those facts, both of which helped Little land at #7. 1) He was the 2nd DE drafted by the Rams and the expectations for him were relatively low. 2) He took some time to develop, but learned from those ahead of him on the depth chart.
When it all was said and done, Little outplayed Wistrom and had 87.5 sacks in his 12 seasons with the Rams - when Carter only had 62.5 before leaving the team. He learned from his mentors then played them out of their jobs. That's not easy to do in the NFL.
Say what you will about his character, but this man was a helluva football player - and one of the best draft picks frim the Rams time in St. Louis.