Robert Quinn, Alec Ogletree, Mark Barron, Connor Barwin.
What a difference a year makes. Heading into 2017, the Los Angeles Rams linebacking group was seen as a relative strength. Now in 2018, every one of their starting foursome from 2017 is gone except for Barron and his injury history might open up starting snaps sooner rather than later.
There’s a big opening available at the second level with quite a few young ‘backers waiting in the wings.
That means a big opportunity for LB Ejuan Price.
This could easily be the most exciting position to watch. EDGE Matt Longacre and EDGE Samson Ebukam are the starters on the outside...for now. Behind them are five (!) relative unknowns looking to lock down spots.
It also would not surprise me if the starting duo changed by the end of the offseason, or if the Rams featured a platoon of starters they rotated in-and-out as needed.
TL:DR - It’s going to be a lot of fun.
It’s tough to say what’s going to happen. Price made the practice squad last year, but the team had stalwart veterans manning nearly every starting position in the position group. That’s changed dramatically.
Given the uncertainty, I think Price has a very good chance of making the team. He was a polished prospect coming out of school. There’s a real opportunity for that type of player in this group, on defense or on special teams.
Chance of Making the Final Roster (8/10)
There’s a big opening, if nothing else. If there was a year to stick, this is it.