5 LA Rams players who could lose their jobs to rookies

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2. Marquise Copeland, DL, LA Rams

Former undrafted free agent Marquise Copeland is penciled into one of the Rams' starting defensive line spots right now, but third-round pick Kobie Turner will be pushing him for playing time.

Turner is a former walk-on at Richmond who transferred to Wake Forest ahead of his senior year and made himself an NFL prospect. With A'Shawn Robinson gone, the Rams need someone else to step up on that defensive line, and Turner could be that guy.

Copeland is the safe bet to play a larger role early in the season, given his experience. The 26-year-old started nine games last season and played 36 percent of the Rams' defensive snaps.

Still, it feels like just a matter of time until Turner supplants Copeland as a primary starter. This one feels inevitable.

1. Daniel Hardy, OLB, LA Rams

The Rams desperately needed to revamp their outside linebacker corps this offseason following the departure of Leonard Floyd, not to mention Terrell Lewis and Justin Hollins. They did just that with the selection of Tennessee pass rusher Byron Young in the third round.

It's hard not to imagine Young in a prominent role early in his career, given the inexperience in the Rams' outside linebacker room. The individual most likely to miss out on playing time, as a result, is Daniel Hardy.

Hardy was a seventh-round pick of the Rams last year who appeared in just six games, recording four total tackles. He was technically penciled in as the starter opposite converted defensive tackle Michael Hoecht before the draft.

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As per usual, the defensive line and outside linebacker groups will be a rotation for the Rams, but Young seems destined to run with the starters over Hardy.