Grading each positional group for the Los Angeles Rams in 2024

Just how good is the LA Rams roster?
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Defensive Line: Braden Fiske, Bobby Brown III, Kobie Turner - B

Two very quality players along the DL give this unit a modest B grade. Braden Fiske is clearly an unknown at this point, but he was a very good DL prospect with just other-worldly speed from the interior and a clear ability to get to the backfield. If Fiske is as good as adversited, the Rams DL, dare I say, might not miss a beat without Aaron Donald.

Inside Linebackers: Ernest Jones IV, Christian Rozeboom - B-

Ernest Jones IV is the "guy" in this room. In 2023, Jones had 145 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, six passes defended, 14 tackles for loss, and six QB hits. Jones was all over the field and has quielty become one of the better ILBs in the NFL. Looking at ESPN's depth chart, they slot in Christian Rozeboom as the other ILB starter.

The unit is a B- until the Rams can find a true, every-week starter alongside Ernest Jones IV.

Outside Linebackers: Byron Young, Jared Verse - C+

During his rookie season, Byron Young had eight sacks, eight tackles for loss, and 19 QB hits. He was sensational as a rookie and could explode in year two. However, there is obviously some unknown with the Rams first-round draft pick, Jared Verse, who could start at the other OLB spot alongside Young.

Verse was one of the top pass-rushers in the 2024 NFL Draft, so there is a good chance that he turns into a viable NFL starter. If so, the Rams would have some juice off the EDGE.

Secondary: Tre White, Kamren Curl, Quentin Lake, Darious Williams - B-

The team's safety duo is quite young and encouraging, but their CBs are clearly a temporary solution. Likely starters Tre White and Darious Williams might have their best days behind them, but if the pass rush can get home, the strain on the secondary won't be nearly as much. In my opinion, the ceiling for this unit is quite high, but I also envision a low floor as well.

As of now, I will give them a B- grade as I would like to see how White performs and how Williams looks in his second stint with LA.

Specialists: Ethan Evans, Joshua Karty, Alex Ward - C

The Los Angeles Rams kicking situation was bad, really bad, in 2023. They drafted Joshua Karty to hopefully fix that, and returning as the punter is Ethan Evans, who average nearly 50 yards per punt in 2023. The Rams specialist room could end up being a huge concern again in 2024, especially if the kicking situation isn't fixed.

Close games come down to field goals sometimes, and pinning opponents deep with quality punting puts less strain on the defense, so this unit should not be forgotten about. Right now, it's a below-average unit until proven otherwise.

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