LB, EDGE, DT, CB, FS, OG, C
Available Draft Picks:
1(31), 3(95), 3(100), 4(134), 5(170), 6(205), 7(253)
Starting Cap Space:
Pick 1(31) to NYG for picks 2(37), 4(109), and a 2020 2nd rounder
The Rams would benefit greatly from trading back slightly to add another pick and get some cheap talent on the roster since they’ll have to pay Jared Goff soon, which won’t be cheap at all.
LB Mark Barron to save $6,916,666
C John Sullivan to save $4,250,000
The Mark Barron project just never came to fruition in St. Louis or Los Angeles so getting rid of him now helps clear a good amount of cap space to help the Rams be more active in free agency. John Sullivan’s time has come to an end here with the Rams and they can look to move on in-house with Brian Allen or to bring in a free agent or in the draft.
G Rodger Saffold III for 4 years, $50,000,000
LB Cory Littleton for 1 year, $4,429,000 (1st-round tender)
RB CJ Anderson for 1 year, $2,000,000
S Blake Countess for 1 year, $720,000 (ERFA)
Rodger Saffold has been one of the top guards in the NFL for the past few seasons so retaining him should be one of the top priorities for the Rams this offseason. Cory Littleton is a tackle machine and after making the Pro Bowl this season, placing a first-round tender on him might be the cheapest option to retain him. CJ Anderson excelled in the Rams offense once he joined the team so it would be wise to keep him under contract and he shouldn’t be very expensive. Blake Countess would be coming back on a very cheap deal as an ERFA and showed some flashes of potential so keep him as long as he’s an ERFA or an RFA.
Free Agent Signings:
LB Clay Matthews for 1 year, $3,500,000
DT Steve McLendon for 1 year, $2,000,000
G Quinton Spain for 3 years, $7,200,000
LB Jake Ryan for 1 year, $4,500,000
Bringing in Clay Matthews provides the Rams with a veteran defender and for the price, a good edge rusher. He’s not going to perform at the level that he once could but he’ll still be good enough to get the job done. Steve McLendon would be brought in here strictly as a nose tackle to anchor the defensive line. Quinton Spain would be able to come in immediately and replace Austin Blythe as the starting guard opposite Rodger Saffold. Given the torn ACL that Jake Ryan suffered last year, he should be willing to sign for a cheaper, one-year deal to prove that he can still play at a high level.
2.37 – Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
Aqib Talib is approaching the tail-end of his career and his physicality will be missed, but Rock Ya-Sin could be the perfect replacement for him. Outside of having one of the best names in the 2019 draft class, Ya-Sin is one of the most talented and physical corners in the draft.
3.95 – D’Andre Walker, EDGE, Georgia
Sticking to the defensive side of the football, the Rams take an edge defender here who could be an immediate contributor to both the pass and run defense.
3.100 – David Sills V, WR, West Virginia
Sills V would be able to sit behind Cooks, Woods, and Kupp for a season while he continues to learn the position. The former QB is still adjusting to playing receiver and he’s been one of the most productive receivers in college football over the past two seasons, especially in the red zone.
4.109 – Amani Hooker, S, Iowa
Going secondary with two of their first four picks might not be the picks that fans necessarily want here but Hooker could step in immediately and fill the gap left by Lamarcus Joyner. Hooker is a versatile defensive back that can cover and isn’t afraid of coming up to defend the run.
4.134 – Erik McCoy, IOL, Texas A&M
Drafting Erik McCoy here provides the Rams with an immediate starter in the mid-rounds and that’s always a great value pick.
5.170 – Brett Rypien, QB, Boise State
Not the sexy pick here, but taking Rypien to be the backup QB should still be an upgrade over Sean Mannion.
6.205 – Daylon Mack, DL, Texas A&M
Mack was expected to be a superstar coming out of high school but he never really developed into that. Instead, Mack became a stout run defender without a ton of pass-rush ability but he should still be able to find some success as a nose tackle for the Rams.
7.253 – Richard Olekanma, LB, Toledo
Although he’s not a commonly known name, Olekanma could be a 7th round pick or a UDFA but to ensure that he ends up in LA, the Rams could take him here. Olekanma would primarily be an inside linebacker that occasionally works from the edge and would be a special teams contributor at the very least.
Cap Space Spent on Re-signings:
Cap Space Spent on Free Agents:
Cap Space Spent on Draft Picks:
Total Cap Remaining:
QB: Jared Goff
RB: Todd Gurley
WR1: Brandin Cooks
WR2: Robert Woods
Slot WR: Cooper Kupp
TE1: Tyler Higbee
TE2: Gerald Everett
Offensive Line Starters
LT: Andrew Whitworth
LG: Rodger Saffold III
C: Erik McCoy
RG: Quinton Spain
RT: Rob Havenstein
Defensive Line Starters
WDE: Michael Brockers
NT: Steve McLendon
SDE: Aaron Donald
WLB: Samson Ebukam/Clay Matthews
ILB: Cory Littleton
ILB: Jake Ryan
SLB: D’Andre Walker
CB1: Aqib Talib
CB2: Marcus Peters
Slot CB: Rock Ya-Sin
FS: Amani Hooker
SS: John Johnson III
K: Greg Zuerlein
P: Johnny Hekker
KOS: Greg Zuerlein
LS: Jake McQuaide
KR: John Kelly
PR: Cooper Kupp