Which of these 7 LA Rams rookies will take a huge step forward in 2024?

Los Angeles Rams Training Camp, Sean McVay
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Rams stars shine brightly in the dark skies of 2023

The LA Rams made 14 selections in the 2023 NFL Draft, all of them ending up on the team's 53-man active roster, and many of them either started or earned significant rotational roles for the team over the course of the season. Still, many Rams fans only believe what they saw in their first year in the NFL, and struggle to envision bigger and brighter days for the team's young stars.

But let me state with all the confidence in the world, as good as the first-year stars were in 2023, they will be far more impressive in 2024. How can I certain of events that have not happened yet? While this rookie class has not yet seen their second year of NFL play, hundreds of rookie classes in the past have done so. The trajectory of those rookies were consistent - Year 2 was consistently more productive than Year 1.

For a sample of just how well the young players performed in 2023, let's take a look at how the team's rookies were performing compared to their peers as the team reached a record of 6-6. There is not one, but two 2023 rookie sack leaders on the Rams roster, a clear indication that despite a .500 record, the team had some horsepower among the rookie class.

By the time the Rams faced the AFC-leading Baltimore Ravens, the young guns were starting to blaze. Just to refresh everyone's memory, let's rewind the calendar and check out the post-game grades from Pro Football Focus for that game.

Unlike many teams that rely upon veterans to carry the team to the NFL Playoffs, the winning strategy in 2023 for the Rams roster relied upon both veterans and youth to carry the team into 2023.

We already had offered an article covering 3 rookies who are poised to have breakout seasons in 2024. The difference in this article is that this is more than just showing up on the team's statistics page. These players may or may not start, but the decision as to whether their 2024 performance exceeds their 2023 season is up to you, the reader, to decide. I am merely making a case for you, the reader, to consider. So, let's get to it: