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How The Los Angeles Rams Built A Super Bowl Roster

The Los Angeles Rams returned to California in 2016, after calling St. Louis home for 20 years. The first thing they did was draft QB Jared Goff with the first pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Prior to the start of the following season, they fired Head Coach Jeff Fisher and hired a 30-year-old named Sean McVay and the rest is history!

On February 3rd, 2019, the Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII - exactly 17 years to the day when the two franchises played in Super Bowl XXXVI - one of the greatest Super Bowls of all-time.

Quarterback

The Rams acquired this pick in a deal with the Titans, trading up from the 15th pick and included two 2016 2nd round picks, a 3rd round pick, a 2017 1st round pick and a 2017 3rd round pick.

It was either going to be Jared Goff out of the University of California or Carson Wentz who played at North Dakota State.

Running Back

With the 10th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams drafted Todd Gurley out of the University of Georgia. They picked Gurley over Melvin Gordon who was the next RB drafted at pick 15 by the San Diego Chargers.

Gurley owns the highest Weighted Career Approximate Value, according to Pro Football Reference, better than the top two picks of that draft - QBs Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota!

On December 18th, they signed C.J. Anderson when both Gurley and Malcolm Brown were banged up late in the regular season. Anderson has handled 82 carries in four games (including the playoffs) rushing for 466 yards (5.68 avg) and four touchdowns.

Wide Receivers

The Rams sent 2018 1st & 6th round picks to the New England Patriots to acquire Brandin Cooks and a 4th round pick. It is the third time a team has spent a 1st rounder on Cooks - Saints drafted him in 2014, Patriots traded a 2017 1st round pick for him and now the Rams. Cooks signed a five-year $80 mil extension.

Prior to the start of the 2017 NFL season, the Rams brought Robert Woods back to California (played at USC) on a five-year contract worth $39 mil. Woods spent the first four years of his career with Buffalo. He was the 41st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the 5th WR drafted.

The Rams spent a 2017 4th round pick (117th overall) on Texas A&M WR Josh Reynolds. He has done a wonderful job filling in for the injured Cooper Kupp. The Rams drafted the sure-handed receiver out of Eastern Washington in the previous round of the same draft.

It sucks that Kupp won't be suiting up on Super Bowl Sunday.

Tight Ends

Tyler Higbee was the 110th player (4th rd) selected in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Western Kentucky.

The following year they drafted Gerald Everett out of South Alabama in the 2nd round (44th overall).

Offensive Line

Left guard Roger Saffold and right tackle Rob Havenstein were both drafted by the Rams. Saffold was the 33rd overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and Havenstein was the 57th pick in 2015.

Prior to the 2017 season, Los Angeles signed left tackle Andrew Whitworth to a three-year $36 mil contract, after 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, center John Sullivan and claimed right guard Austin Blythe off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts.

Defensive Line

The Rams drafted defensive tackle Aaron Donald with the 13th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft out of the University of Pittsburgh. Just two years earlier, they spent the 14th pick of the 2012 NFL Draft on defensive end Michael Brockers out of LSU.

This past April, they signed Ndamukong Suh to a one-year $14 mil contract.

Linebackers

The Rams drafted Samson Ebukam in the 4th round (125th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Back in October of 2014, the Rams traded a 2015 4th and 6th round pick for Mark Barron and in 2016 signed a five-year $45 mil contract to stay with the Rams.

Cory Littleton was signed prior to the 2016 NFL season.

At the end of October, the Rams shipped a 2019 3rd round pick and a 2020 5th round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Dante Fowler Jr.

Secondary

With the 41st pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams drafted Lamarcus Joyner out of Florida State.

The Rams also drafted John Johnson out of Boston College with the 91st overall pick (3rd round).

Prior to the 2017 NFL season, the Rams signed undrafted free agent Nickell Robey-Coleman and before this season signed a new three-year $15 mil deal.

This past offseason, Los Angeles traded for Kansas City Chiefs CB Marcus Peters ('18 4th/'19 2nd) and exercised his 2019 option. They also traded an '18 5th round pick to the Denver Broncos for Aqib Talib.

Special Teams

Greg Zuerlein was drafted in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Because I bet very few of you reading this know this, he attended Missouri Western State.

The Rams signed Johnny Hekker back in 2012 and he has signed two contracts worth more than $27.5 mil...not bad for a punter!
How The Rams Built A Super Bowl Roster