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Los Angeles Rams Go Unmentioned on’s List of Fiercest Defensive Front 7’s

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Los Angeles Rams’ head coach Jeff Fisher and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams have built a very talented young defense; the type quick, powerful, and creative enough to create havoc in the opposition’s backfield.

When the Rams signed former Patriots’ defensive lineman Dominique Easley about a month ago, he became the fifth first round defensive lineman on the Rams’ roster, joining Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers, Aaron Donald, and fellow free agent pickup Quinton Coples.

Throw in linebackers Alec Ogletree and Mark Barron, and that’s a whole lot of first round talent lining up in the box this fall.

But just how good is the Rams’ front seven and where do they stack up with the rest of the NFL?

According to a panel of analysts, not even Top 5. Shaun O’Hara, Nate Burleson, David Carr, Michael Robinson, and Ike Taylor each went around the horn, noting the fiercest of defensive fronts in the league, selecting the Broncos, Texans, Panthers, Raiders, and Steelers, respectively; leaving the Rams without mention.

To be fair, it wasn’t a rankings list, per se, so it’s possible these fellas might’ve had the Rams ranked inside their Top 5. For now though, we just have to assume the Rams are going to have to convince them otherwise.

In the Jeff Fisher era as Rams’ head coach, he’s consistently had the team with 40+ sacks, but the numbers have dropped over the past two seasons. In 2012 and 2013, the Rams had 52 and 53 sacks, respectively; good for more than any other team in the NFL in that span. They tallied 40 in 2014, and 41 last year. If they hope to find themselves inside that "Top 5" or "elite" defense company, a slew of first round picks are going to have to revert back to numbers similar to the team’s 2014/2015 efforts.

Luckily, they’ve got the talent. Now for the hard part...turning potential into production.