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Four Los Angeles Rams make PFF’s all-pro team

Take a look at which three Rams make the PFF All-Pro first team

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As the regular season has come to it’s inevitable end, the Los Angeles Rams team is actually gearing up for a postseason run, though that doesn’t stop the awards from rolling in. Pro Football Focus have officially released their All-Pro team which includes the first team as well as their alternates, and four Rams have made the rosters all together. Take a look at the players:

Running back - Todd Gurley, LA Rams

PFF Grade: 92.0

Elite Stat: Among running backs with at 200-plus snaps in route in 2017, Gurley finished with the third-highest yards per route run at 2.15.

No player benefited from the new regime at the Rams and the new offensive scheme than Todd Gurley. As much of the story for most of the season was how big a step forward Jared Goff had taken from his rookie year, Gurley was the player whose career was rescued from the flames, and he ended the season with the best overall PFF grade at the position, thanks in large part to how devastating he was as a receiving weapon out of the backfield.

Todd Gurley truly had a remarkable season, and PFF took notice. As they stated, not only was he a great runner, but his receiving ability was on full display this year and was extended to heights that probably not many knew he had. Gurley would have won his first rushing title had he not been rested for week 17, but that isn’t important.

Defensive Interior - Aaron Donald, LA Rams

PFF Grade: 98.4

Elite Stat: Donald led all interior defenders in 2017, recording 91 QB pressures on 483 pass-rush snaps, despite missing two games.

Aaron Donald isn’t just the best interior player in football, but he has a very good case to make as being the best player in the National Football League, period. Donald led the league with 91 total pressures, breaking the 90 barrier almost exclusively reserved for edge players only. He did this despite being rested for the Week 17 encounter with the 49ers and only playing 14 games over the season.

There really isn’t much to add, as PFF encapsulates it pretty well. Aaron Donald isn’t just the Rams best player, the best NFC West player, the best NFC player, the best DT in the game, the best DL in the game, the best defender in the game..... he’s the best PLAYER in the game, for my money.

2nd-team S Lamarcus Joyner, LA Rams

Joyner gets a second team nod in his first season starting at FS, and boy was it a good one. Allowing practically nothing over his head, Joyner was the general on the backend of the defense, allowing CB’s to play aggressive knowing his range at the back. Joyner is equally as impressive at tackling. He finished his season with 3 INT’s (one returned for a TD), 1 FF, and 9 PDF.

K/PR Pharoh Cooper, LA Rams

The race to be our top returner of 2017 came down to the wire, with Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett almost stealing the crown with a huge Week 17 performance. In the end though, Cooper edges it, averaging 27.4 yards per kick return and 12.5 yards per punt return.

It’s only fair that one of Coach Bones’ boys get in, and Pharoh Cooper is the one who gets the nod. Cooper has been electric as the return man for the Rams all season, whether that’s been as a kick returner or punt returner. Originally being placed back there because of struggles fielding punts by Tavon Austin, Pharoh looks much more natural and comfortable in his position.

With the Rams having a magical season and turning the franchises’ graces around quickly, media outlets have taken notice, as has PFF. It’s only natural for a team who dominated so often on the field to have this many PFF all-pro selections, so it should come as no surprise. All the accolades are fun, but the Rams real test starts on Saturday vs the Falcons, where they have a chance to make some real noise in the NFL.