Two teams who would make some notable moves prior to the 2018 NFL Draft, is the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. Both took advantage of free agency to add to the starting lineup, and used the draft to address specifics.
Like Los Angeles, the 49ers added probably the signature piece to their franchise when they signed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a deal that cements San Francisco closer to the top of the NFC West than any other team in the division.
As for the draft, they selected not unlike their rivals in the Rams.
Like LA, you’d find their picks pretty balanced among the nine they selected .
San Francisco will be the closest team to challenge the Rams in 2018. Garoppolo had them playing to the tune of five consecutive wins to close out the 2017 season, including a win against LA in the Coliseum in Week 17. The Rams barely survived a win in Week 3 on the road, 41-39 at the Niners.
So for fans in both cities, and those around the NFL, the Niners-Rams series takes on a much better feel than in season past where each was positioning more for draft selection than a conference title.
That’s a much better deal for everyone now.