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    From NFC West rookie grades: John Lynch off to hot start with 49ers

    Jeremy Bergman NFL.com

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000915331/article/nfc-west-rookie-grades-john-lynch-off-to-hot-start-with-49ers

    Los Angeles Rams
    Round 2: (44) Gerald Everett, TE, 16 games/2 starts.
    Round 3: (69) Cooper Kupp, WR, 15 games/6 starts; (91) John Johnson, S, 16 games/11 starts.
    Round 4: (117) Josh Reynolds, WR, 16 games/1 start; (125) Samson Ebukam, LB, 16 games/2 starts.
    Round 6: (189) Tanzel Smart, DT, 16 games/4 starts; (206) Sam Rogers, FB, 0 games/0 starts.
    Round 7: (234) Ejuan Price, DE, 1 games/0 starts.

    Good start for Les Snead in the first year of the Sean McVay era, considering the Rams’ first-rounder in 2017 was spent to acquire Jared Goff in ’16. Everett and Kupp were both key cogs in the highest scoring offense in the NFL, with Kupp quickly developing into Goff’s favorite target and making the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team. Kupp led all rookie wideouts in targets and receptions and was second only to JuJu Smith-Schuster in yards and TDs. Wade Phillips got a lot out of Johnson in a crowded secondary; the safety tallied the sixth-most snaps on the entire defense. Reynolds has potential. GRADE: B+

    Combine/free agency focus: First order of business: sign Aaron Donald. Stop messing around and treat Donald like the future Hall of Famer he is. Donald deserves Suh money. Elsewhere on the defense, L.A. needs to take a hard look at the secondary, where it’s at risk of losing Trumaine Johnson, Lamarcus Joyner and Nickell Robey-Coleman in free agency. It’s not exactly feasible to keep all three in house, so Snead should keep an eye on DBs in Indianapolis. If the Rams choose to move on from Robert Quinn ($955K in dead cap, according to OverTheCap.com), finding a hybrid pass-rusher will also be an offseason priority.

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