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Random Ramsdom: April 4: Los Angeles Rams - Inching Towards The Draft

It's been very quiet in Ramsland the last couple of weeks. All energies are being focused on the 2016 NFL Draft, which is now only 24 days away. I can't wait to see who the Rams' next Aaron Donald or Todd Gurley will be!

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A fond farewell from Alec Ogletree:

I imagine all of the Rams' players feel exactly the same way:

A very classy gesture by Tavon Austin:

Let's hope the "William Hayes Collection" brings him good fortune this season:

Draft cost not as high, but is somebody worth it to the Rams?: ESPN NFL Nation

Are Jared Goff and Carson Wentz worth trading up for? When does the cost involved become prohibitive? Is it possible either of the QB's could be had outside of the top 7 picks?

Three positions the Rams should target in the draft: isportsweb

I'm not convinced the Rams should "target" ANY position in the draft. I believe the Rams' top five needs heading into draft will be: wide receiver, quarterback, safety, tight end and center.

Greg Robinson looking to live up to number two overall pick: Ramblin' Fan

This is the year Greg Robinson finally lives up to his lofty draft status. He appears to be working very hard this offseason in the hopes of becoming one of the better left tackles in all of football.

Why the Rams must draft a QB early in the NFL Draft: CBS Sports

As much as many would like to see it happen, I'm going out on a limb and predicting the Rams WILL NOT select a QB early in this years draft.

Drafting a QB every year "good football business":

Could this strategy be the answer for the Rams and their QB issues? From Detroit Lions GM Bob Quinn:

"I think it's really good football business to acquire a young quarterback every year or every other year. There's such a value in the position and nowadays in college football there's a lot of spread offenses, which means it's a lot different than pro football. So it takes these young quarterbacks time to develop. So if you can add a young quarterback every year or every other year to your roster, it's good football business in my mind. So you have time to develop them, either on the practice squad or as a backup, before eventually them having to play in a game."

Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: DT - Vernon Butler - Louisiana Tech

2016 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football

Walter updates his five round mock draft. The Rams select DT Vernon Butler in the first round, OL Taylor Decker and WR Tyler Boyd in the second round, QB Christian Hackenberg in the third round and TE Jerell Adams in the fourth round. I'm on board for the Butler, Boyd and Adams picks only. Walter needs to go back to the drawing draft board.

Scouting Report: S - Darian Thompson - Boise St.: Pro Football Focus

I've been following Thompson for quite some time. He would be a steal for the Rams if they could select him in the third round of this years NFL Draft.

After initial plans on defensive backs fall through, the Rams are trying to regroup: Los Angeles Times

The Rams lost a pair of starters in their secondary during the Free Agent signing period (Rodney McLeod and Janoris Jenkins). Will they fill those positions internally, or look to the draft for solutions?

Would Rams be better off waiting for a QB?: ESPN NFL Nation

Nick Wagoner makes a very good point regarding the Rams and the QB position:

"This is Year 5 of the Jeff Fisher/Les Snead regime. They need to win now. So if they draft a quarterback who might take three years to develop at the expense of an instant impact player elsewhere, is that really going to help that cause?"

Rams bet on an offense built around running back Todd Gurley: Orange County Register

In my estimation, the key to the Rams' offense will be the development of their offensive line, how they gel together and their health as the season progresses.

Stat Facts Of The Week: Big Play Differential

Team Big Plays Statistics
Rank Team Plays Big Plays Rush Pass Big Play % BPA +/-
3 Seattle Seahawks 1,035 93 61 32 8.99% 51 42
4 Carolina Panthers 1,060 95 64 31 8.96% 61 34
1 Buffalo Bills 1,016 102 70 32 10.04% 73 29
13 Cincinnati Bengals 1,004 77 46 31 7.67% 52 25
2 Minnesota Vikings 973 91 64 27 9.35% 72 19
5 Pittsburgh Steelers 1,011 90 47 43 8.9% 71 19
22 Denver Broncos 1,056 73 46 27 6.91% 59 14
16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1,017 76 50 26 7.47% 64 12
6 Kansas City Chiefs 955 85 53 32 8.9% 74 11
10 Arizona Cardinals 1,041 85 50 35 8.17% 74 11
12 New York Jets 1,074 85 56 29 7.91% 74 11
15 New England Patriots 1,050 79 40 39 7.52% 73 6
26 Baltimore Ravens 1,083 70 38 32 6.46% 64 6
7 Green Bay Packers 1,056 92 53 39 8.71% 88 4
9 Jacksonville Jaguars 1,012 83 44 39 8.2% 80 3
8 St. Louis Rams 920 79 56 23 8.59% 78 1
20 Atlanta Falcons 1,073 75 48 27 6.99% 75 0
11 San Francisco 49ers 969 79 42 37 8.15% 81 -2
29 Houston Texans 1,127 71 43 28 6.3% 73 -2
23 Philadelphia Eagles 1,102 76 47 29 6.9% 84 -8
18 Chicago Bears 1,025 75 44 31 7.32% 84 -9
17 Dallas Cowboys 969 72 51 21 7.43% 82 -10
24 Oakland Raiders 1,008 67 33 34 6.65% 77 -10
21 New York Giants 1,053 73 39 34 6.93% 86 -13
14 Miami Dolphins 977 74 41 33 7.57% 93 -19
28 Detroit Lions 1,030 65 36 29 6.31% 85 -20
31 Tennessee Titans 976 59 33 26 6.05% 80 -21
25 Indianapolis Colts 1,052 70 37 33 6.65% 93 -23
19 New Orleans Saints 1,096 80 43 37 7.3% 104 -24
27 Cleveland Browns 1,042 66 40 26 6.33% 90 -24
30 Washington Redskins 1,011 63 32 31 6.23% 93 -30
32 San Diego Chargers 1,100 58 28 30 5.27% 90 -32

Big Play Differential is the difference between the number of big plays - running plays of 10+ yards plus passing plays of 25+ yards - an offense creates, and the number of big plays a defense allows. How important are big plays to a teams offense/defense? Last season, NFL teams averaged 0.8 points per drive without a big play, and 3.9 points per drive with at least one of them. The higher the big play +/- the better, as this shows the team more often generates big plays than gives them up.

For the 2015 regular season, the Rams ranked 16th in the league in Big Play Differential (+1), mostly thanks to the efforts of RB Todd Gurley, WR Tavon Austin and a stingy defense. The Rams were 7-2 in games with a positive Big Play Differential and 0-7 in games with a negative or even Big Play Differential. The Rams ran the fewest offensive plays in the NFL (920) and ranked 8th in the league in Big Play percentage (8.59%).

All NFL players should be making at least $1 million per year: Pro Football Talk

This makes perfect sense to me:

"As the NFL and its players learn more about the realities of playing pro football, it’s more important than ever that all players receive fair compensation for the risks they assume. And by all players, that means every player. Which means that each player should have a minimum salary that reflects the maximum toll the game can take on the human body."

The top safeties in the 2016 NFL Draft: National Football Post

Former scout Greg Gabriel shares his take on the 6 top safeties in this years draft. All six will likely be selected between the 2nd and 4th rounds. After losing starter Rodney McLeod, one of these players could very well end up in a Rams uniform come September.

Free Agent Recap: evaluating the Rams' defensive signings and re-signings: - LA Rams

The Rams lost a fair chunk of talent on the defensive side of the ball this offseason. James Laurinaitis and Chris Long were released. Nick Fairley, Rodney McLeod and Janoris Jenkins signed with other teams as Free Agents. Tevin Broner takes a look at what the Rams have done to bolster the defense in the interim.

The NFL's shoddy science means we know even less about concussions: FiveThirtyEight

All the studies in the world won't change on single, solitary fact: NFL players are giving up the game in increasing numbers (and earlier in their careers). Why? Increasing concern about the long-term effects of playing football...and concussions in particular.

On This Day In Sports History

1998 - NFL Europe kicks off its regular season.

1974 - Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home run record by hitting number 714, in his first at-bat of the 1974 season.

Do the Rams need to draft a QB? CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora discusses the Rams' biggest offseason question.

Rams excited about return to Coliseum, but some work needs to be done:

Forget the ambiance and history involved with hosting NFL games at the Coliseum in LA. As Vinny Bonsignore notes, some things need to happen in a hurry:

"Not to say there isn’t some work to be done to transform the Coliseum into an NFL caliber venue. Some of which are subtle alterations to appease NFL game-day necessities."

2016 NFL Mock Draft: NFL Mocks

The Rams WR Corey Coleman, QB Connor Cook and C Ryan Kelly in this two round mock draft.

LA Rams land in SoCal on Monday, but busy summer awaits: Los Angeles Daily News

Today marks the beginning of the Rams' offseason workout program. Except this year the program begins in Oxnard, California.

E.J. Gaines healthy return critical to Rams in 2016: ESPN NFL Nation

A healthy, productive E.J. Gaines would go a long way in mitigating the loss of Janoris Jenkins in Free Agency.

Los Angeles Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"

The Rams have close to $4.9 million in available salary cap space remaining to spend (with all additional 2016 financial obligations taken into consideration) as of 11:00 pm, Sunday, April 3. On Friday, I published a complete post-Free Agency salary cap update.

Los Angeles Rams Current Roster & Depth Chart

C Tim Barnes Demetrius Rhaney Eric Kush
RG Jamon Brown Cody Wichmann Brian Folkerts
LG Rodger Saffold Garrett Reynolds David Arkin
RT Rob Havenstein Andrew Donnal
LT Greg Robinson Darrell Williams Isaiah Battle
TE Lance Kendricks Cory Harkey Justice Cunningham
WR Tavon Austin Stedman Bailey Kain Colter
WR Kenny Britt Nick Toon Isiah Ferguson
WR Brian Quick Bradley Marquez Deon Long
RB Tre Mason Trey Watts Malcolm Brown
RB Todd Gurley Benny Cunningham Zach Laskey
QB Case Keenum Nick Foles Sean Mannion
P John Hekker
LS Jake McQuaide
DT Aaron Donald Doug Worthington Louis Trinca-Pasat
DT Michael Brockers Ethan Westbrooks
DE William Hayes Eugene Sims
DE Robert Quinn Quinton Coples Matt Longacre
MLB Alec Ogletree Bryce Hager
OLB Mark Barron Zack Hodges Matthew Wells
OLB Akeem Ayers Cameron Lynch
CB E.J. Gaines Coty Sensabaugh Marcus Roberson
CB Trumaine Johnson Lamarcus Joyner Eric Patterson Troy Hill
SS Tim McDonald Jr. Maurice Alexander
FS Cody Davis Christian Bryant
65 Players Total

Classic Rock Monday: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication

Please have a great Monday and a Ramtastic week!!