Ranking NFL teams, units, and individual players in the offseason is pretty standard fare, much like the smell of french fries on an East Coast boardwalk. So when CBS Sports Pete Prisco creates a Top-100 NFL players list, that is not something to get especially excited about. But when three of the Top-10 players on that list play for the LA Rams, now we’re talking.
It makes sense, as winning the most recent Super Bowl should come with some level of competition, right? But the Rams roster is a bit unique, as you will discover a bit later.
The Rams have created a rather unique strategy for building a better NFL roster. It’s no secret, but it’s a rather difficult strategy to duplicate. You see, the Rams are all about acquiring a handful of the NFL’s best players. Then, the team goes about rewarding those elite NFL players with huge contracts.
What about the majority of the team’s roster? The team then backfills the majority of the roster with promising young and inexpensive players who can learn how to compete in the NFL. Their reward? They have the opportunity to train with and learn from, some of the best NFL players in the game today. Prisco’s Top-10 players are the perfect example of exactly how the Rams have structured their roster.
Those three Top-10 players are:
Number 1 – LA Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald
Number 5 – LA Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp
Number 10 – LA Rams defensive back Jalen Ramsey.
Two other players for the LA Rams who round out the Top-100 players are:
Number 48 – LA Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford
Number 93 – LA Rams inside linebacker Bobby Wagner
No mention was made on Prisco’s list for LA Rams TE Tyler Higbee, OT Rob Havenstein, or OLB Leonard Floyd, which is a huge disappointment.
The Rams roster, like that of 31 other NFL teams, is about to undergo a bit of upheaval as the team sheds 27 players from the roster in less than 39 hours.