Rams planned for future, now hope midround 2018 picks can produce

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The evidence was rarely seen on the field.

Yes, the Los Angeles Rams participated in the 2018 NFL draft. But no, none of the 11 players selected played a significant role in their Super Bowl run.

In fact, the Rams’ first-year players last season participated in the fewest offensive and defensive snaps among rookies across the league.

But as preparations begin for the 2019 season, with a roster capable of another deep playoff run, several of the Rams’ lesser-known prospects drafted a year ago will need to step up. Some, perhaps, in a major way.7

“You try to stay ahead of the curve,” Rams general manager Les Snead said, as he reflected on the 2018 draft.

With five months, and still several transactions to be made — including the 31st overall pick on April 25, followed by six more selections — it appears the Rams have effectively done just that. Despite a few key departures on the offensive and defensive lines, the Rams won’t be left scrambling to fill those voids.

Among the Rams’ 11 selections last year, here’s a look at five players who could be significant contributors, if not starters, in 2019: nike

(Note: The Rams did not have a first-round pick in 2018 after they sent the 23rd overall selection to the New England Patriots in exchange for receiver Brandin Cooks. And they did not pick in the second round, after they sent the selection to the Buffalo Bills in 2017 in exchange for receiver Sammy Watkins.)