The day after the Super Bowl, the folks over at Pro Football Focus released their top-101 players from the 2020 season and of course the Rams had their fair share of inclusions, including the number one players on the entire list.
The Rams ranked among the best were defensive tackle Aaron Donald at number one (duh), Andrew Whitworth (#47), John Johnson III (#51), Jalen Ramsey (#64), Darious Williams (#81), and Rob Havenstein (#86).
When you take a step back and look at the positions of the Rams players included on this list, it’s easy to imagine why they had the success they did. Pass-rusher, cornerback, and the offensive line are all incredibly important in today’s NFL and the Rams had some of the best players in each group. Unfortunately there is a chance that two of those players do not return in 2021, but even if they don’t returning four of six isn’t too shabby.
With former defensive coordinator Brandon Staley now with the Chargers, it’d be fairly smart of the Rams to not let him poach either of Johnson or Williams, both of whom played key roles in the Rams number one defense this past season.
Will they be able to make it happen? I sure hope so. But this sketchy cap situation expected next season really throws a wrench into everyone’s plans.
Now for today’s links.
Matthew Stafford wanted to “shoot his shot” with trade to L.A. (NFL.com)
Tory Hill’s free agent spotlight (TheRams.com)
Six Rams land among PFF’s Top-101 players from 2020 (TheRams.com)
A Rams three-round mock draft (The Rams Wire)
Tom Brady really threw the Lombardi Trophy across boats during the Super Bowl parade (ESPN)
WFT cheerleaders reached a settlement over lewd videos made over a decade ago (ESPN)
AFC East rookie grades (NFL.com)
The Broncos released A.J. Bouye (NFL.com)
Could Russell Wilson be traded? (CBS Sports)
The five biggest Hall-of-Fame snubs (CBS Sports)