Los Angeles Rams: 15 best first-round draft picks of all-time

Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Chris Long, St. Louis Rams
Chris Long, St. Louis Rams. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

Chris Long spent eight years as a member of the Rams when they were in St. Louis. While the former Virginia star provided the team with plenty of great memories, the argument can be made that the Rams were always holding him back.

Watching Long put all that work in over eight seasons without a single playoff appearance was difficult to witness for both parties. At least the veteran now has two Super Bowl rings to his name, thanks to his contributions on the 2016 New England Patriots and the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles.

Early on in his career with the Rams, Long showed he was the kind of player that got better with experience. He recorded 41.5 sacks from 2010 to 2013. This shows how valuable the defensive end was at the peak of his powers.

Without question, the decision to move on from Long after the 2015 season must have been extremely difficult for the Rams. Then again, the team and the fan base couldn’t be happier to watch him win back-to-back Super Bowls, albeit playing for somebody else…twice.

Even though there’s no telling how it might have played out, Rams fans can’t help but wonder what it would be like with Long on this current team since chances are, he would make the defense that much stronger. He’s been huge for the Patriots and the Eagles in recent years since leaving St. Louis.