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Rams in line for 2 great comp picks in 2021

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By not making any big signings in free agency, the Rams are set to get two more mid-round picks next year

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The Los Angeles Rams nearly lost Michael Brockers too, but then didn’t. After the Rams former-not-former defensive tackle returned following a failed physical with the Baltimore Ravens, the Rams only had two high-priced free agents out the door. But by not signing any really high-priced outside free agents other than A’Shawn Robinson — whose deal was offset by Greg Zuerlein signing with the Dallas Cowboys — LA should be getting back to mid-round picks in 2021.

Per OvertheCap.com’s 2021 compensatory pick formula, the Rams are in line to get a third round comp pick for Dante Fowler and a fourth rounder for Cory Littleton.

Fowler signed a deal with the Atlanta Falcons that pays him $16 million per season, while Littleton went to the Las Vegas Raiders at $11.75 million per season. That makes them two of the highest-paid free agents of 2020, though Jameis Winston and Jadeveon Clowney have yet to sign anywhere. Players like Cam Newton would not count in the comp pick formula because he was released and this only counts those whose contracts had expired.

The Rams sent their 2021 first and fourth round picks to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Jalen Ramsey trade, plus their 2021 fifth round pick to the Cleveland Browns for Austin Corbett. They’ve yet to acquire back any picks but if the comps work out this way, they’ll be left with six picks total: One second, two thirds, one fourth, one sixth, and one seventh.