Rams signing all 2019 draft picks eliminates potential distractions before training camp

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With every draft pick under contract for the Los Angeles Rams, the team won’t have to worry about any distractions heading into training camp next month.

For the third year in a row, the Los Angeles Rams went without a first-round pick in the NFL Draft back in April after the team ended up trading down before eventually making their first selection at No. 61.

With the pick, the Rams added depth to the safety position by selecting Washington’s Taylor Rapp, and would go to make eight picks in total, adding great talent on both sides of the football.

From insurance at running back in the third round with Darrell Henderson to a potential steal at cornerback with David Long, there are plenty of reasons to be excited over this year’s rookie class once the actual seasons kicks off in September.

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Even more exciting, Los Angeles managed to sign all eight rookies to contracts on Friday, meaning the team won’t have to worry about any distractions come training camp in regards to potential holdouts.

Most years, there always seems to be a few rookies that take a little bit longer with reaching agreements on contracts, mainly due to the belief they deserve more money than certain teams are willing to offer.

Luckily for the Rams, this turned out to be a non-issue with this year’s rookie class, although the argument can be made that the circumstances would have been different if they actually had a first-round pick.

Either way, the good news for Los Angeles is they don’t even need to think about this scenario since all that matters is the rookies are under contract, and will all be ready to go come training camp next month.

Some football fans will make the case that a team like the Rams would seem to be at a disadvantage over not having a first-round pick for a third year in a row, but also their previous success from the last two seasons says otherwise.

One of the great factors about the Sean McVay era is the success the team has managed in the draft when it comes to steals in the later rounds, and after doing their homework once again in 2019, this year’s class seems capable of making an immediate splash.