#8 blew up in a big way in his 3rd season. His 907 yards and 10 total TDs were career bests and he forced opposing defenses to key on him. Some will argue that Austin belongs on the overrated list instead here, but I beg to differ. While he will never put up dominant receiving numbers, his explosiveness makes up the difference.
The stats aren't the primary factor that led me to placing Austin on this list. It was the simple fact that Tavon and Todd Gurley carried the offense while the rookie sensation got the majority of the kudos - nationally at least.
Every Rams fan winced when Alec Ogletree went down with a broken leg. He's arguably the most athletic player on the Defense and had let the team in tackles in his first two seasons. How could the Rams possibly replace his production? Enter Mark Barraon.
When Barron was acquired from Tampa Bay at the 2014 trade deadline, fans weren't sure what exactly they were getting. Would the dominant player from 'Bama show up? Or would he continue down the 'bust' path that the Bucs were so convinced of?
I think the 2015 season put an end to that argument. Barron was a beast when playing WLB in 'Trees stead. Over the course of the season, he staked his case for a new contract in 2016 - one I would love to see him get. A LB trio of Ogletree-Laurinaitis-Barron would be very formidable.
Since being drafted in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL draft, 'Tru' has often lived in the shadow of Janoris Jenkins. Jenkins was more highly touted out of college and plays a flashier brand of football. But in their contract years, Tru outplayed JJ and played himself into a very large contract.
His shining moment in 2015 was holding all-world WR Calvin Johnson to a single catch for 16 yards. That game was where he seemingly stepped out of the shadows and into the spotlight. His solid play throughout 2015 is going to put Les Snead in a difficult position this offseason when deciding between JJ and Tru. For the record, I'm on Tru's side.