Los Angeles Rams draft capsule
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By The Associated Press
87. LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-6)
LAST SEASON: In breakthrough year for long-suffering franchise, Rams snapped streaks of 13 consecutive non-winning seasons and 12 straight non-playoff seasons by winning NFC West under first-year coach Sean McVay. Los Angeles went from worst to first in league in scoring with dynamic offense led by Offensive Player of Year Todd Gurley and quarterback Jared Goff, whose solid sophomore NFL season proved Rams weren't wrong to trade up in 2016 to grab him. Coordinator Wade Phillips' solid unit was led by Defensive Player of Year Aaron Donald, and though defense came up short in handful of late-season games, it has strong base around dominant defensive lineman. Los Angeles also had NFL's best special-teams units, with Pro Bowlers at every skill position. Turnaround season ended quickly with home playoff loss to postseason-tested Atlanta.
THEY NEED: LB, DL, OL, WR.
THEY DON'T NEED: QB, RB, DB.
POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: T Brian O'Neill, Pittsburgh; LB Tegray Scales, Indiana; LB-DE Rasheem Green, Southern California; LB Shaquem Griffin, UCF.
OUTLOOK: For second straight year, Rams don't have first-round pick. They sent this one to New England for WR Brandin Cooks, and they'll be thrilled if Cooks becomes No. 1 deep threat as expected. They also don't have second-round pick, sent to Buffalo last summer for Sammy Watkins, last season's deep threat. Rams can only look for depth in draft, most obvious hole is in middle of defense after trading top tackler Alec Ogletree to New York Giants so they could fit veteran CB Aqib Talib under salary cap. Los Angeles needs tackle machine at linebacker, along with depth on D-line to supplement big stars.
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Updated April 22, 2018
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