Biggest draft steals in Rams history

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8: WR Tom Fears

Drafted: 3rd Round, 117th overall in 1945

When the Cleveland Rams selected the 6-foot-2 216-pound split end out of Santa Clara named Tom Fears, the NFL passing game was far different than the passing game modern NFL fans would recognize today. At the time, Fears was one of the most dangerous two-way players in the NFL. In fact, he played defensive end, split end on offense, and was also drafted into kicking duties for the team.

Tom Fears has been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.

In nine NFL seasons, Fears was a three-time All Pro. He currently stands as the 7th-ranked All-Time Rams Career Receiving Yards Record holder with 5,397 yards. While you may pooh-pooh those numbers, keep in mind that he also lined up as a starter on defense as well.

7: WR Cooper Kupp

Drafted: 3rd Round, 69th overall in 2017

LA Rams WR Cooper Kupp is entering his eighth season for the team, and has only played for HC Sean McVay over the span of his career. He has played in 92 games, and caught 567 of 791 yards for 7.066 yards and 51 touchdowns. He is currently the fourth-ranked Rams All-Time Career Receiving Yards Record Holder with 7,066 yards.

Kupp's current place among the Rams All-Time Receiving Yards Leader is shown below:

  1. WR Isaac Bruce - 14,109 yards, 84 TD
  2. WR Torry Holt - 12,660 yards, 74 TD
  3. WR Henry Ellard - 9,761 yards, 48 TD
  4. WR Cooper Kupp - 7,066 yards, 51 TD
  5. WR Elroy Hirsch - 6,299 yards, 53 TD

Kupp will need at least two great seasons to overtake Henry Ellard, and will need eight to ten great seasons to overtake receiving leader Isaac Bruce. But durability is a concern for Kupp.