2018 Disaster Draft: The Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams are one of the hot, up-and-coming NFL teams, so a disaster draft doesn’t exactly come at the best time for them. Luckily for the Rams, Jeff Fisher induced some insane mistakes on the roster to create expensive sacrificial lambs to entice the Conquistadors and Arches. How much will Tavon Austin love being back in Missouri, huh?

Lost to Free Agency: Trumaine Johnson, Sammy Watkins, Connor Barwin, Dominique Easley, LaMarcus Joyner, Nickell Robey-Coleman, The Lingering Stench of Jeff Fisher, Going 7-9 in Perpetuity, Any Doubts Which Los Angeles Team Will Reign Supreme

The No Doubters: (these guys aren’t going anywhere)

Players POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Andrew Whitworth LT $12,166,666 $12,416,668 UFA
Jared Goff QB $7,619,365 $8,889,260 UFA
Rodger Saffold G $7,500,000 UFA
Aaron Donald DT $6,892,000 UFA
Todd Gurley RB $4,398,285 UFA
Rob Havenstein G $1,263,189 UFA
Cooper Kupp WR $878,690 $1,049,690 $1,199,690 UFA
John Johnson SS $773,438 $866,438 $964,438 UFA
Pharoh Cooper WR $768,666 $858,668 UFA

McVay… when someone asks you if you want to keep as much of the league’s top 2017 offense together… you say yes! Whitworth transformed an abject trash 2016 line into something respectable, alongside Roger Saffold. Goff/Gurley/Kupp are going to be something special in a few years. Havenstein and Safford are strong interior linemen, and Pharoh Cooper is an incredible return man.

Oh, and Aaron Donald might literally be the best player in the entire league and is due to make triple his salary in 2019.

 

The More-Than-Likely Staying:

Players POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Robert Quinn OLB $12,399,766 $12,932,332 UFA
Alec Ogletree ILB $11,600,000 $11,600,000 $11,600,000 $10,600,000 UFA
Michael Brockers DT $10,750,000 $10,750,000 UFA
Mark Barron ILB $10,000,000 $9,000,000 $9,000,000 UFA
Robert Woods WR $8,000,000 $5,000,000 $6,000,000 $8,000,000 UFA
Johnny Hekker P $3,646,551 $3,745,000 $3,995,000 $4,245,000 $4,064,715
Greg Zuerlein K $3,550,000 $2,575,000 UFA

The second tier of players kept on the Rams tells you a few things about them: they have a ton of talent, but in strange places. They’re keeping both a punter (the best in the dang league) and a kicker (might be the best in the dang league). Quinn, Ogletree and Brockers didn’t play up to expectations in 2017 so they get a slight bump down. Robert Woods is in the More-Than-Likely camp solely because he came out of nowhere. The Rams aren’t ditching him, don’t worry your pretty little head. Mark Barron plays Moneybacker, which is my favorite position in the NFL.

 

The Roster Trash7-9 All-Stars … Leftovers:

The guys on this list are crossing their fingers they don’t have to go back to St. Louis… Pray the Conquistadors want you, fellas.

Players POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Tavon Austin WR $8,000,000 $9,350,000 $9,561,773 $9,222,004 UFA
Kayvon Webster CB $3,671,875 UFA
Ethan Westbrooks DE $2,000,000 UFA
Gerald Everett TE $1,373,743 $1,648,491 $1,923,242 UFA
Sean Mannion QB $1,034,228 UFA
Jamon Brown RT $987,601 UFA
Tyler Higbee TE $775,215 $865,215 UFA
Bryce Hager ILB $723,036 UFA
Josh Reynolds WR $717,005 $807,005 $897,006 UFA
Samson Ebukam OLB $708,270 $798,270 $888,272 UFA
Isaiah Johnson FS $705,000 UFA
Temarrick Hemingway TE $669,896 $759,897 UFA
Mike Thomas WR $659,017 $749,019 UFA
Cory Littleton ILB $635,000 RFA
Brandon Allen QB $630,000 $720,000 UFA
Austin Blythe C $630,000 $720,000 UFA
Morgan Fox OLB $630,000 RFA
Carlos Thompson OLB $630,000 RFA
Marqui Christian S $630,000 $720,000 UFA
Blake Countess S $630,000 RFA
Tanzel Smart DT $596,195 $686,195 $776,198 UFA
Justin Davis RB $560,000 $650,000 RFA
Lenard Tillery RB $555,833 $645,834 RFA
Aaron Neary T $555,000
Taurean Nixon CB $555,000 $645,000 RFA
Kevin Peterson CB $555,000 ERFA
Fred Brown WR $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Henry Krieger-Coble TE $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Johnny Mundt TE $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Jake Eldrenkamp G $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Omarius Bryant DT $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Ejuan Price OLB $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Dominique Hatfield CB $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Marcus Sayles CB $480,000 $570,000 ERFA

 

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