In a perfect world, an ideal NFL team is not only extremely talented, but also very young. This combination allows for maximized longevity before money and hefty contracts start stressing the logistics of keeping teams together for an extended period of time.
Lucky for the Rams and their fan base, they’re coming off a successful season, returning plenty of talent, and will enter the 2021 season as the youngest team in the NFL with an average player age of 24.62. Losing notable secondary members John Johnson III (25 years old) and Troy Hill (29) will certainly have an impact, but the Rams did a bang-up job by hitting on guys like Jordan Fuller (23) and Terrell Burgess (22) in last year’s draft.
Another notable move that helped drop the average age was the trading of Michael Brockers (30) to the Lions and then drafting 20 year old Bobby Brown III out of Texas A&M. That certainly moves the needle.
According to rosters on all 32 team websites, the #Colts currently are tied for the eighth-youngest roster in the NFL, with an average age of 24.98.— Andrew Walker (@AWalkerColts) May 15, 2021
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Overall, despite not having a first-round pick since the 2016 draft, the Rams have continued to position themselves for success year-after-year. It cannot be understated how much Sean McVay seems to be playing chess when most of the league is struggling to remember the rules of checkers.
And now for today’s links.
Breaking down the Colts as a 2021 opponent (TheRams.com)
The Rams have the youngest roster in the NFL (The Rams Wire)
Rams sign 10 of their rookies (The Rams Wire)
Five FAs the Rams will miss in 2021 (Ramblin’ Fan)
Bill Barnwell predicts when each first-round QB will start this season (ESPN)
The Giants are giving Kelvin Benjamin a shot at tight end (ESPN)
Predicting every division winner in 2021 (CBS Sports)
The Texans staff has nothing to say about Deshaun Watson (Pro Football Talk)
Ryan Kerrigan says goodbye to Washington (NFL.com)
Andy Dalton will receive the first-team reps at OTAs (NFL.com)