Did NFL expert give Rams a 5 top score or a bottom-of-barrel score?

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NFL experts are not exactly known for their warmth and praise of the LA Rams football operations. Whether it's the team's willingness to exchange first-round draft picks for elite NFL players, or the team's roster construction that is heavily dependant upon All-Pro performers to lead the way to and through NFL Championship competition, there is often a sour taste in the mouths of analysts and pundits who prefer to critique rather than applaud risk-taking strategies.

Of course, the support or shade from NFL analysts has no impact on how well the Rams will perform in the upcoming season. But speaking for myself, it's difficult to acknowledge 'expertise' that seems to have a bone to pick with the Rams' strategy, regardless of its unparalleled success. After all, innovation is simply doing things a new and different way, not necessarily doing things the wrong way.

But not everyone embraces change.

One NFL analyst who seems to have found a newfound appreciation for the meticulous methods used by the Les Snead scouting squad to salvo the NFL draft with insightful selections is Bucky Brooks. In a recent article, he named five teams that are his favorite draft hauls this season, and one that he is still scratching his head over. So, which category did the Rams draft class fall into?

Well, let's break down the five best NFL teams' drafts per Brooks:

  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Washington Commanders
  • LA Rams

In describing the LA Rams draft success, Bucky Brooks says the following:

"Few teams have done more with less over the past few years than the Rams in the NFL draft. This time around, Les Snead and Co. crushed the event by utilizing a full complement of picks to upgrade a roster that was already playoff-quality."

Bucky Brooks

He has much more praise for the Rams in his article, which is a refreshing change of pace for Rams fans who have grown tired of the same narratives of no picks means no success. But there was one team that did not impress Brooks whatsoever. That gauntlet was thrown at the feet of the Dallas Cowboys.

He expected the Cowboys to select talented offensive skilled players. Instead, dem 'Boyz completely ignored the roster needs for an RB1 and WR2. Instead, the Cowboys made 50 percent of their draft about the offensive line. While offensive linemen are always in style, the abundance of wide receiver and running back talent in this 2024 NFL Draft is almost unforgivable to ignore.

And yet, the Dallas Cowboys ignored both positions.

The LA Rams do not need the approval of any NFL Draft analyst to feel secure about their rookie selections. But it's nice when it happens. Of course, the true success or failure of any draft can only be measured years later. But first impressions are important too. And as the saying goes . . .

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time. But you cannot fool all of the people all of the time"

Jacques Abbadie

The consensus builds for the Rams draft class being one of the best in 2024.

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