The Rams 2016 NFL Draft feels like a lifetime ago

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The Los Angeles Rams were in a much different situation at this time two years ago. In the 2016 NFL Draft, they were on the clock looking to rescue a franchise from the NFL cellar.

For the Los Angeles Rams, two years removed from the 2016 NFL Draft must seem like a lifetime ago.

Well, maybe not a lifetime.

Two years ago, the Rams were on the clock and ready to choose between North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, or California QB Jared Goff. It ended up not being very suspenseful after all, as LA would take Goff.

That may be the last good thing to reminisce on when former head coach Jeff Fisher is mentioned.

Two years later, LA is a hot and trending team and not remotely how they were under the previous regime. The Rams have quickly ascending to the top destination spot for free agents, as a lifestyle AND a winning projection are helping lure big names to the Coliseum.

After a free agency period that saw head coach Sean McVay and General Manager Les Snead bring in an impressive haul of top notch talent, they enter the 2018 draft only needing a few pieces, not changing the trajectory of a franchise.

That’s how much times have changed.

With Goff entering his third season in LA, Aaron Donald, Todd Gurley and McVay look to be a solid core that is changing the landscape not just in the NFC West, but maybe in the league as a whole. The Rams are on the verge of big things, and the city the NFL wanted to get back into, is now winning big and loaded with a star studded roster.

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So even without a pick in the first or second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Los Angeles is still on the clock.

But this time, for much bigger things than a pick this weekend.