LA Rams get shredded in post-draft grades. Sit down for this one.
Honesty is the best policy
The honest answer is? Nothing. They simply have valued the rookie prospects in this draft class, in any draft class, differently than I have. Considering this team is quite adept at drafting late, developing NFL talent, and then winning more than their share of football games? I’d say that the LA Rams personnel office, and not the draft analysts, are onto the right track.
To put this all into perspective? The 2017 NFL Draft grade for the Dallas Cowboys’ selection of DE Taco Charlton? A-. What about the LA Rams’ selection of WR Cooper Kupp? B. The difference? Taco Charlton was a Round 1 selection, while Cooper Kupp was added in Round 3.
For years and years, the Cleveland Browns used to get the absolute best post-draft grades. And yet, when the teams suited up to play the games, the Browns’ talent never seemed to show up.
So now that I’ve laid out the don’t-take-these-grades-too-seriously disclaimers, here we go:
The grades for the Rams were less about being an outlier in whatever draft grade they received. It is more about a statement from the analyst to showcase their audacity to grade the LA Rams, the defending Super Bowl Champions, so poorly. The only other NFL team that was graded even more harshly? The New England Patriots.