Credit the Los Angeles Rams for a lot in 2018, but don’t underestimate the approach of being pragmatic. LA was smart enough to recognize a unique opportunity to win and win big now, and simply went for it.
Why is that a bad thing?
In full disclosure, and being an admitted glass half empty person, I see more downside than upside. But I won’t be critical when I see a team recognize and capitalize based on the logic of what they see in front of them and then acting accordingly.
Both Snead and McVay are gambling that all the ingredients are there to make a run based on the talent available. Players like Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, Ndamukong Suh, and Brandin Cooks were there to be had. The Rams, for better or for worse, saw them as the quickest path to a championship. So they are going for it.
Now, with the 2018 NFL Draft approaching, LA is merely dotting some I’s and crossing a few T’s. They’ll go shopping on draft weekend for a few specifics, knowing the ‘center of the plate’ is pretty much taken care of. Meaning the key elements to win are in the locker room now, so they are drafting for guys to compete in training camp and win some jobs.
Maybe they find one or two genuine gems. Guys who will go down as absolute sleepers.
Then again, maybe they don’t.
But credit the Rams for seizing a unique opportunity and rolling the dice. For LA, the draft is now the secondary part to what they see as being the more valuable and better bang for their buck: quantifiable value, versus the unknown of a kid who may, or may not be a contributor.