Los Angeles Rams: 4 grades for the NFC West after the 2018 NFL Draft

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The Los Angeles Rams did everything they needed to do to effect a positive change given the dramatics from free agency. I mean, when you sign Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, Ndamukong Suh, and Brandin Cooks, everything may seem like an afterthought.

In fact, you’d easily find a few sites who thought just that. That the 2018 NFL Draft was only a formality.

Luckily for fans, General Manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay had a different idea. That said. the Rams were in a weird position not selecting until the third round to make much noise.

You can decide on your own what kind of noise Los Angeles may have ultimately made, but from top to bottom, LA made some good choices to help in 2018, and most specifically beyond this coming season.

The one pick that the Rams made that will contribute in 2018 is running back John Kelly from Tennessee.

OPOY Todd Gurley is on deck to have a quality kind of season in what will be his fourth year on his rookie deal. Most interesting, is Gurley has yet to put two solid seasons back to back.

He may, he may not.

Los Angeles would also add two offensive lineman in their first two picks to address both age and depth at two key postions: center and tackle.

Either way, Kelly is a running back with a ton of upside and a player who can contribute come Opening Day of the 2018 NFL Season.