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USA Today Projects 4-12 Record For Los Angeles Rams In 2017

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Even though a new infrastructure is in town, would a top-five pick in the 2018 NFL Draft demoralize Rams fans?

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Training camp is on the horizon. NFL record projections are dropping. The Los Angeles Rams are ready to get rollin.

USA Today has released a full record projection division-by-division, and the Rams projected record will likely not please many Rams fans:

Los Angeles Rams (4-12): They're a young team undergoing significant resets on both sides of the ball. And after opening with two winnable games (Colts, Redskins) at home, the Rams play five of the next six away from the L.A. Coliseum, including a "home" game in London bracketed by East Coast games in Jacksonville and New York.

I don’t know if I’d say “significant resets on BOTH sides of the ball”, but I understand their thought process. Not much is known about what to expect in LA next year. It’s a new coaching staff with a lot of new players. Anything can happen, but it seems USA Today is not very high on the Rams potential, at least not this year.

If the Rams finished with their projected 4-12 record, they would likely either be picking #3 or #4 in the 2018 NFL Draft, giving the McVay/Phillips duo their first chance to hand pick a 1st-round talent.... so, at least there is always some positives to take out of the situation.