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The Rams 10 most important players for 2020

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Which 10, above all others, are most vital to LA’s success next season?

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I found one picture of Jared Goff and Jalen Ramsey together and there it is. You won’t often need to see these players together at any time but they’re two of the most important players when it comes to the LA Rams success next season.

We ran polls and you voted for the Rams 10 most important players on offense and defense and then I combined those results together to setup a vote for the 10 most important overall. The results are in and there are potentially a couple of surprises to you.

As well as more voting needed, really.

Despite the latter being arguably the best player in the game, Jared Goff beat out Aaron Donald as the most important player to the Rams next season and it wasn’t even close. Similarly, Donald was an easy vote for number two. And yet it does seem interesting that at least some percentage of fans didn’t see Donald as even the second most important player on the roster.

Andrew Whitworth was a clear vote ahead of Jalen Ramsey and though Cooper Kupp wasn’t far behind Ramsey in the vote for four we have to remember that Ramsey had already received 101 votes in the previous two polls. Kupp was not on those polls because the previous rankings, as voted by readers, had Whitworth as more important than Kupp. Just want that to be clear and how it applies to the rest of the order.

1. Jared Goff, QB

2. Aaron Donald, DL

3. Andrew Whitworth, LT

4. Jalen Ramsey, CB

5. Cooper Kupp, WR

6. Cam Akers, RB

7. Robert Woods, WR

8. John Johnson, FS

9. Tyler Higbee, TE

10. Rob Havenstein, RT

Kupp takes five by a wide margin but Akers had a strong showing in his first appearance in the polls and ultimately grabs six, followed by Woods and Johnson, who I would have expected to be a bit higher even though the order is sensible when you look at it. Akers may provide the most debate because of the whole “running backs don’t matter” argument but clearly there are plenty of people out there who still believe that they do.

It did get difficult for me to parse out the final three slots because Havenstein didn’t show up until the eighth poll and when he did, he had strong support, garnering almost double the votes of the next person. It seems as though the offense is seen as so much more vital than the defense that he was viewed as more critical than Michael Brockers, who had been fourth in the defense rankings.

He didn’t crack the top-10 here and only three defensive players did. I would also accept a couple of re-votes to see what people think now that they see this list. I’d also be open to people reading the votes and believing the order should be different in some way so share those thought if you have them and feel inclined.

Poll

Who is more important to the Rams in 2020?

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    Tyler Higbee
    (97 votes)
  • 58%
    Rob Havenstein
    (135 votes)
232 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who is more important to the Rams in 2020?

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  • 45%
    Cam Akers
    (100 votes)
  • 54%
    Robert Woods
    (119 votes)
219 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who is more important to the Rams in 2020?

This poll is closed

  • 56%
    Rob Havenstein
    (118 votes)
  • 43%
    John Johnson
    (92 votes)
210 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who is more important to the Rams in 2020?

This poll is closed

  • 69%
    Rob Havenstein
    (146 votes)
  • 30%
    Michael Brockers
    (63 votes)
209 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who is more important to the Rams in 2020?

This poll is closed

  • 34%
    Johnny Hekker
    (72 votes)
  • 65%
    Rob Havenstein
    (137 votes)
209 votes total Vote Now