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Which Rams are on the NFL Top 100?

At least 2 of the 3 are obvious

Los Angeles Rams v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The NFL posted a list on Reddit of how many players per team are on the Top 100 list that will start to be revealed on Sunday. The list is made by player votes with nearly 1,000 sending in ballots this year. The Los Angeles Rams had six players on the list in 2019 but that number has been cut in half.

Aaron Donald, ranked first a year ago, is likely to be first or second this year in a battle against Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jalen Ramsey was ranked 27th last year as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars and he could probably retain a spot on the list in that range.

But who is the third Rams player to make the Top 100 this year?

In 2019, Jared Goff was ranked 32nd as he was coming off of a trip to the Super Bowl with one of the highest-scoring offenses in the NFL. However, he struggled to come close to that same success last season and likely won’t be back on the Top 100 this year.

Andrew Whitworth was 91st, a fringe player on the list, and so he likely falls off after a down year for the entire offensive line.

Todd Gurley was fifth last year and not only is he a member of the Atlanta Falcons now, he won’t be on the Top 100 again. Derrick Henry was ranked 99th and might take Gurley’s spot in the top-five. Eric Weddle was 100th and retired in 2020.

That leaves Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and Tyler Higbee as the most probable candidates to be that third player.

Woods was ranked 76th last year and did little to hurt his case as a repeat because he was roughly the same player minus four touchdowns. But Kupp caught 10 touchdowns — eight more than Woods — and may have been remembered by opposing defensive players as a more imposing threat than his Top 100 teammate.

The biggest threat of all for the Rams in the final five games was Higbee, leading all players in the league over that period of time in receiving yards, but his whole season was too little, too late to push himself over some other tight ends. It won’t be Higbee.

My guess is that Kupp is in and Woods barely missed the cut in what is going to be a packed wide receiver field with many good players not on the list. Which is a good time to remember that there are always a ton of good players not on the Top 100 and that this list is only an indication of what was, not what is or what will be.