NFC teams to monitor as rosters are cut down to the 53-man limit
Perhaps the best strategy for the LA Rams is to focus on those teams that dominated 2022 quarterback sacks, and to key on those younger players are are unlikely to make that team's 53 man roster.
I: OLB Quinton Bell is a young pass rusher who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 253 pounds. He is a young but promising outside linebacker who has had time playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons.
II: DE/OLB Kyron Johnson is another young pass rusher. He stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 223 pounds. He played a rotational role for the Eagles in 2022 as a rookie, and was drafted in Round 6 of the 2022 NFL Draft
III: OLB Dante Fowler may not get two thumbs up from Rams DC Raheem Morris (they had open disputes when they were together with the Atlanta Falcons), but he makes an incredible amount of sense for the Rams need for a starting pass rusher. He knows the Rams, and the Rams know that he can generate 10+ QB sacks in this defense.
IV: DE/OLB Tyrus Wheat is an undrafted rookie pass rusher out of Mississippi State who has plenty of upside and yet is incredibly affordable if the Cowboys elect to waive him.
New Orleans Saints
V: DE/OLB Payton Turner enters his third season, having filled a semi-rotational role in the Saints defense over the past two years. Despite light usage, he has already generated three quarterback sacks and 28 tackles in his first two NFL seasons.
VI: OLB Anfernee Orji is an undrafted rookie signed by the Saints in 2023. He stands 6-foot-2 and weighs in at 230 pounds. He has shown promise, and could be a numbers casualty as the Saints pare down their roster to get to 53.