The Los Angeles Rams spent the weekend adding attacking attackers and versatile players to the defense, selecting players such as Cam Akers, Van Jefferson and Terrell Burgess. What they haven’t done is make their linebackers and attackers a top priority.
It was an interesting project, to say the least, but with immediate implications and signs of change coming.
Here are seven takeaways from their draft 2020 class.
Linebacker is not a prime position in Rams’ eyes
Under Wade Phillips, linebacker was not a high priority position. Partly because they had Cory Littleton, but the Rams never made a point of adding top talent to linebacker.
This remains true under Brandon Staley, assuming he has a say in the team’s draft plans. The Rams did not draft linebackers until 234 in total when they selected Clay Johnston, who tore his ACL in October.
Coaches and the front office feel comfortable in the team’s linebackers, which poses a huge risk given the lack of proven talent on the roster. Micah Kiser will likely be one of the starters, with Travin Howard and Kenny Young competing for the other place.
It is one of the most inexperienced linebacker groups in the NFL, but also with some potential.