How long will the LA Rams SB window remain open this time?

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Talent pipeline

The LA Rams have a fine eye for talent and have demonstrated an uncanny knack for finding NFL starters deep in the NFL Draft. That’s been out of necessity, as the Rams frequently enter the NFL Draft with fewer than seven picks, and almost never have a first-round pick to use. So far, the Rams have had the wisdom and foresight to make alternative arrangements for their future roster needs.

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The 2020 NFL Draft was as much about the 2021 season as it was about the needs for 2020. The Rams drafted WR Van Jefferson, OLB Terrell Lewis, DB Terrell Burgess, DB Jordan Fuller, OL Tremayne Anchrum, and TE Brycen Hopkins were all added to the team’s roster in preparation for the potential loss of key veterans to free agency in 2021.  For the Rams free agency moves in 2020, the team signed OLB Leonard Floyd and NT A’Shawn Robinson to modest contracts.

Can the Rams find more talent?

The LA Rams are very savvy when it comes to developing talent. The Rams have made impressive use of the practice squad as an incubation chamber for developing talented prospects into NFL caliber players. The team promoted DB Darious Williams in 2019, and he is playing lights out right now. The Rams found DB Jordan Fuller in round six of the 2020 NFL Draft, and he’s playing lights out as well.

The Rams have already promoted DB J.R. Reed and Juju Hughes from the practice squad this season. And the team has stockpiled linebackers and defensive linemen already for the 2021 NFL season. The Rams risk losing more defensive players in the off-season and will need to be focused on filling those holes as well as looking ahead.

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The window for this LA Rams team will not remain open forever. While the team has not yet landed in the NFL Playoffs, there is growing confidence that this team will do so, and may win games once they do.  But is this year merely the only chance this new iteration of the team has to win a Super Bowl? Forces beyond the team’s control are already at work to break up the band. How long will this window remain open?  Hopefully, long enough to hoist the Lombardi.