Dakota Allen Jersey

With the final pick of the Rams’ 2019 draft, general manager Les Snead called linebacker Dakota Allen out of Texas Tech.

Allen’s time at Texas Tech was split with a season at East Mississippi State Community College — the school featured on Seasons 1 and 2 of Netflix’s original series ‘Last Chance U’, a multi-part documentary in which ‘Elite athletes with difficult pasts turn to junior college football for a last shot at turning their lives around and achieving their dreams.’

Allen landed at EMCC after an off the field issue following his redshirt freshman season at Tech. It was an experience that the newest Ram said both thrust him into the spotlight and saved his relationship with the game.

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With their final pick in the 2019 NFL draft, the Los Angeles Rams strayed away from their usual strategy of picking players with clean backgrounds. Sean McVay and Les Snead have talked at length about adding high-character, players, team captains and players who also performed in the classroom, but they took a chance on someone with a troubled past at No. 251 overall.

They selected Dakota Allen out of Texas Tech, who many know from the hit series “Last Chance U.” Allen was dismissed from the football team and expelled from the university after being arrested for second-degree burglary in 2016. He enrolled at East Mississippi Community College and played a season there before going back to Texas Tech in 2017.

The Rams finished off the 2019 NFL Draft with two seventh-round selections in Penn State DB Nick Scott at No. 243, and LB Dakota Allen at No. 251.The Los Angeles Rams have officially wrapped up their 2019 draft class, selecting Texas Tech linebacker Dakota Allen with the 251st overall pick.

Scott was originally recruited by Penn State as a running back, but swiftly moved to safety with Giants running back Saquon Barkley a featured member of the Nittany Lions backfield. As a senior, Scott led the team with three interceptions — he finished his college career with 114 total tackles, five passes defensed, 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack, and three picks.

Scott wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine following his final season at Penn State, but that didn’t bother special teams coordinator John Fassel, who’s eyeing the former Penn State Special Teams Player of the Year as the next member of his unit.For Dakota Allen and Ronald Ollie, their “last chance” turned into a dream come true.

The pair, who were featured in Netflix’s popular series “Last Chance U” in its first season when it covered East Mississippi Community College, have found NFL homes. Allen was drafted in the seventh round by the Los Angeles Rams, and Ollie is headed to the Oakland Raiders, according to ESPN.

“When I first left Texas Tech, I thought I was never going to play football again. That’s why I was so grateful and thankful for the opportunity that East Mississippi provided me. Then once I got that opportunity, I just took it and ran with it. I honestly can’t believe I’m an L.A. Ram.”

Allen was a three-year starter for the Red Raiders, playing 34 total games in his career. He made 249 total tackles, recorded two sacks and picked off four passes.

He was viewed as a late-round prospect or a priority free agent, bringing good effort and toughness to the defense. At the combine, he ran a 4.77-second 40-yard dash, so he isn’t the fastest linebacker.

After being dismissed from Texas Tech in 2016, he attended East Mississippi Community College, the subject of Netflix’s hit series, “Last Chance U.” He earned All-Region honors with 117 tackles that season and was able to re-enroll in 2017.

“The combine was being aired on television and he was the first coach that called me while he was at the combine,” Scott said of Fassel. “He said, ‘Hey Nick I’m looking at your film and I’m extremely surprised that you’re not here right now.’ We’ve been in contact ever since then and he told me he was going to draft me and ke kept his word.”

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In 2016, the Philadelphia Eagles used their sixth-round pick to select cornerback Blake Countess 196th overall.

An undersized defensive back who split time between Michigan and Auburn in college, the 5-foot-10, 191 pound Maryland native really popped at the Reese’s Senior Bowl, showing impressive ball skills, while looking like the kind of player who could potentially squeak onto the roster as a rookie.

Was the move initially panned? Sure, many didn’t have Countess as a draftable player coming out of college, including NFL.com contributor Lance Zierlein , who gave him a ‘Back end of the roster‘ grade, but after trading away incumbent starter Byron Maxwell to the Miami Dolphins and only replacing him with Jim Schwartz lifers Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks, the team was in need of cornerback help badly.

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Fortunately, they found it with their very next pick, as they selected Jalen Mills 233rd overall.

Though some initially pondered which player would make the team, as Mills had issues both off the field and with measurables, the LSU product clearly won out and has remained a starter on the team to this day.

Countess, on the other hand, was offered a spot on the practice squad after initially being waived in the trim down to 53, but he declined; instead heading west to join the Los Angeles Rams, where he was elevated to the active roster on November 18, 2016.

From there, Countess spent two additional seasons with the club, splitting time between cornerback and safety as a flex reserve off the bench. Though he never quite made it into the starting lineup with much regularity, starting four games over 37 appearances, the Rams valued his contributions enough to offer him a $2 million tender to remain with the team in 2019 as a restricted free agent.

However, after the draft, his standings quickly changed.

After selecting two safeties, Taylor Rapp and Nicholas Scott in the 2019 NFL Draft, drafting John Johnson in 2018, and signing Eric Weddle in free agency, the Rams’ brass asked Countess to take a pay cut to remain on the roster moving forward; a proposition he declined according to Ian Rapoport.

In 2016, the Philadelphia Eagles used their sixth-round pick to select cornerback Blake Countess 196th overall.

An undersized defensive back who split time between Michigan and Auburn in college, the 5-foot-10, 191 pound Maryland native really popped at the Reese’s Senior Bowl, showing impressive ball skills, while looking like the kind of player who could potentially squeak onto the roster as a rookie.

From there, Countess spent two additional seasons with the club, splitting time between cornerback and safety as a flex reserve off the bench. Though he never quite made it into the starting lineup with much regularity, starting four games over 37 appearances, the Rams valued his contributions enough to offer him a $2 million tender to remain with the team in 2019 as a restricted free agent.

However, after the draft, his standings quickly changed.

After selecting two safeties, Taylor Rapp and Nicholas Scott in the 2019 NFL Draft, drafting John Johnson in 2018, and signing Eric Weddle in free agency, the Rams’ brass asked Countess to take a pay cut to remain on the roster moving forward; a proposition he declined according to Ian Rapoport.

While one could argue who has a higher upside between Countess or 2018 fourth-round pick Avonte Maddox, another pint-sized college corner turned safety, it’s clear having both players on the roster behind all-world utility man Malcolm Jenkins and the oft-injured Rodney McLeod would give the team more depth and optionality than just sticking with what they already have.

Was the move initially panned? Sure, many didn’t have Countess as a draftable player coming out of college, including NFL.com contributor Lance Zierlein , who gave him a ‘Back end of the roster‘ grade, but after trading away incumbent starter Byron Maxwell to the Miami Dolphins and only replacing him with Jim Schwartz lifers Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks, the team was in need of cornerback help badly.

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When the pick was announced that the Los Angeles Rams were taking Wisconsin offensive tackle David Edwards, there was some uncertainty about where he’ll play on the offensive line. After all, the Rams have two of the best tackles in the league in Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein, and Edwards only played right tackle for the Badgers.

Being a former tight end and high school quarterback, Edwards is a good athlete with solid movement skills for a man his size. He’s going to get a shot to play at positions besides right tackle, which offensive line coach Aaron Kromer made very clear on Saturday afternoon.

“You always ask that and I always tell you the same thing,” Kromer joyfully told Myles Simmons, who asked where Edwards will play. “He’s going to play four spots. He’s going to play both tackles and both guards. It’s the fastest way to learn football and then we’ll find out where he fits best.”

This is the typical approach for the Rams with Kromer coaching the offensive linemen. He loves to “cross-train” them, as Sean McVay says, trying them at multiple positions before settling at one spot. Rodger Saffold played several spots before Kromer arrived in 2017 and locked him in at left guard.

North Carolina State’s Garrett Bradbury isn’t the only former tight end in this 2019 NFL Draft class to move to the offensive line. David Edwards, an immediate endorsement of Wisconsin’s coaching staff’s ability to develop offensive linemen, has a chance to be the best drafted out of this Badger crop in this cycle.

Edwards returned to Madison in 2018, shunning a potential NFL career to chase a Big Ten Championship. While that didn’t go as planned for Wisconsin, it also didn’t go as planned for Edwards, who was hampered by a reported shoulder injury which both negatively affected his play, but also his draft stock. Edwards’ athleticism gives him the highest upside of any Badger linemen in this draft.

Offensive line depth was a pretty significant concern for the Los Angeles Rams entering the 2019 NFL draft after losing Rodger Saffold and parting ways with John Sullivan. Whether it was at guard, tackle or center, the Rams were bound to inject some young talent into the roster at some point.

They did exactly that with Bobby Evans in Round 3, and in the fifth round, they also added offensive tackle David Edwards out of Wisconsin. Evans can play any position except for center on the offensive line, but that’s not the case with Edwards – at least not right now.

He’s only played tackle for three years after being a high school quarterback and playing some tight end. It’s possible the Rams see him as depth inside at guard too, but the likeliest scenario is him backing up Rob Havenstein at right tackle.The NFL Draft has come and gone, and several former Badgers are now employed to play at the next level.

Expectations were high coming into the weekend with six of Head Coach Paul Chryst’s former players projected to be drafted.

While four of these players — offensive lineman Michael Deiter, linebacker Ryan Connelly, LB Andrew Van Ginkel and OL David Edwards — did have their names called during the draft, the overall trend saw former Badgers fall far below where they were projected to be taken.Here are the full results from Wisconsin’s weekend at the draft and how the players will fit with their new teams.Cam DaSilva notes some specific reasons such as Head Coach Sean McVay getting his hands on RB Darrell Henderson, Greg Gaines’ ability as a run defender, and the stacked secondary as reasons to be excited about the draft the Rams just had

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The Rams’ addition of Greg Gaines likely spells the end (if the salary cap didn’t already) of Ndamukong Suh’s Rams career, though May 7th is the deadline for compensatory picks being affected by adding unrestricted free agents, so the end of Suh’s free agency could be coming to an end shortly

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Greg Gaines came to UW from La Habra High School in Orange County, California. He had committed to Chris Petersen at Boise State in 2014, and was one of a few guys Pete decided could fit at Washington as well (Jaylen Johnson and Drew Sample were a couple others). Gaines arrived with little fan fare, and many fans, myself included, weren’t blown away with the commitment from the 3-star DT. However, it didn’t take long to see that he embodied everything Chris Petersen wants in a footballer.

GFG entered a game the first time during his redshirt freshman season, replacing an injured Elijah Qualls. It was noticeable from his very first play that he was going to be a tough, space eating defensive tackle. On the West Coast, where it is increasingly difficult to find true “two gap” DTs (Vita Vea is the ultimate example of this), the Huskies got a good one in Gaines. People like me often overuse the word “stout” to describe an interior defender, but few words describe his game better. After spending 2 years earning Honorable Mention All Pac-12 honors, he earned 2nd team his junior year, before finally emerging as the first team DT in 2018. He also won the Morris Trophy, voted on by fellow players as the toughest lineman to face.

Greg Gaines was a remarkably consistent performer for the Huskies in his four years. His sack, tackle, and TFL numbers generally improved every year, but from his first play, he showed an ability to hold his ground and not get blown off the ball. His raw strength, hustle, and motor help him play with a very strong anchor vs the run. You see when he attacks double teams – a lot of DTs can take those plays off – Gaines is a very willing fighter. He knows how to attack the crease of the double team and split it on occasion. He’s also pretty good at sliding off his block and making a tackle in the hole, before a running back gets too much space. While he doesn’t have a deep arsenal of pass rush moves, his bull rush is very powerful and can be used to create interior pressure. Gaines very clearly knows his strengths and plays to them.

Idaho quarterback Matt Linehan, left, is sacked by Washington defensive lineman Greg Gaines (99) in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Where teams might hesitate on Gaines is something he can’t control – his arm length. At 31 inches, his arms are firmly in the “stubby” category, according to scouts. This primarily hinders him when it comes to pass rushing and being more disruptive at the point of attack. He can sometimes get locked onto an OL and have a hard time disengaging because of that lack of length. He’s also not the most flexible and his change of direction could improve.

So, there are probably some better DTs out there in the draft, but there was a reason you kept hearing “no one wants to block Greg Gaines” coming out of senior bowl practice. He’s a load. Greg Gaines should be drafted sometime on day 3, and possibly even day 2. His arm length likely makes him a non-starter for a number of teams, unfortunately. But, his play strength, production, motor, and attitude make him a good fit as a NT in a 4-3 scheme.

He displayed decent athleticism at the NFL combine, accruing a SPARQ score that would put him the 37th percentile of NFL DTs. It’s a fairly deep year for defensive tackles which makes me feel like he’s destined for day 3. However, he was problematic for the OL to block at the senior bowl so that could perhaps push him into day 2.

Yet in today’s NFL, pass rush is highly valued, and that is potentially the weakest part of Gaines game. So with that, I’m calling him a 5th-6th round pick.With the 134th overall pick, the Rams selected defensive lineman Greg Gaines. He’ll join safety Taylor Rapp in Los Angeles. Rapp was taken by the Rams in the third round on Friday. Gaines was awarded the 2018 Morris Trophy, given to the top defensive lineman in the Pac-12 as voted by opposing team players. A 2018 All-Pac-12 first-team selection, Gaines started 47 games in his UW career, including every game of his final three seasons.

The Green Bay Packers hosted a top-30 visit with Washington defensive lineman Greg Gaines, a three-time All-Pac-12 selection and the 2018 winner of the Morris Trophy.Gaines (6-1, 312) played in a school record 54 games over four seasons, tallying 148 tackles, 20.5 tackles for losses, 9.5 sacks, four pass breakups, an interception and a fumble recovery. As a senior, Gaines produced 55 tackles, 6.5 tackles for losses and 3.5 sacks and won the Morris Trophy, which is awarded to the Pac-12’s top defensive lineman based on votes from opposing players.

Gaines is considered a tough and active nose tackle who is tough to move at the point of attack, disruptive against the run and surprisingly good as a pocket collapser.

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Cody Ford went in the second round (No. 38 overall) to the Bills, Bobby Evans went in the third round (No. 97 overall) to the Rams, both Dru Samia (No. 114 overall) and Ben Powers (No. 123 overall) went in the fourth. This all comes after the Sooners offensive line won the Joe Moore Award for 2018, recognizing the nation’s best collective o-line unit.

While the draft and award both speak to the tremendous collection of individual talent assembled this past season, more than that it highlights offensive line coach Bill Bedenbuagh’s tremendous acumen for developing high-quality athletes on the front line.

Since Bedenbaugh’s arrival in 2013 Oklahoma football has averaged no less than 217 yards per game on the ground each season and have produced eight NFL draft picks on the offensive line including this past year’s historic haul.


Bedenbuagh has been a talented recruiter, but his real skill comes once he gets guys onto campus. Two years ago he turned Orlando Brown from the No. 37 tackle in the 2014 class into the best left tackle in college football. He made Cody Ford an NFL prospect at four different potential positions. He had the foresight to move Bobby Evans over to left tackle to take the place of Brown this past season and he was patient enough with Dru Samia, moving him to a few different positions before finding his natural home at right guard.

Bedenbuagh has a knack for seeing the big picture and moving every piece into the proper place to serve it.Eagles alum Kyler Murray began the processions as the draft’s top overall pick to the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night, and two of his high school teammates followed suit by hearing their names called during the second day of the draft.

Allen’s offensive line took center stage locally, with alums Greg Little and Bobby Evans both learning their professional destinations. Little was picked early on Friday, drafted No. 37 overall to the Carolina Panthers, while Evans will head west to join the Los Angeles Rams after the Super Bowl runners-up picked the offensive lineman with the 97th pick.

The two linemen started at left tackle during their final collegiate campaigns, with Evans protecting Murray’s blind side at Oklahoma and Little anchoring the left side of the line at Ole Miss.

Little came away from his junior season with the Rebels picked as an All-America second-team selection by multiple outlets while also receiving all-SEC first-team honors. He was a finalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award – an accolade annually given to the top offensive player in Division I football.

Evans, meanwhile, manned left tackle for a Sooner line that, together, received the Joe Moore Award for the best offensive line in the country. Evans concludes his time in Norman as a three-time all-Big 12 selection, earning second-team honors in 2018.Cody Ford didn’t get selected in the first round, but Oklahoma’s talented offensive lineman did learn where his NFL journey will begin on Friday night.

Ford was selected by the Buffalo Bills with the sixth pick in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Ford has an outstanding career for the Sooners, which included a shift from offensive guard to tackle during his senior year. He’s the first of four OU offensive linemen expected to be drafted this weekend, joining Bobby Evans, Ben Powers and Dru Samia.

Ford was among four Oklahoma players who declared early for the NFL Draft. He was a two-year starter for Oklahoma after suffering a season-ending injury three games into his redshirt freshman season.

“I’m thrilled for Cody. He had to overcome a ton here at OU with the really bad injury against Ohio State in his first year and then moving positions,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “He’s one of the nastiest offensive linemen I’ve ever coached, and I think he was probably the most dominant tackle in the country last year. Seeing him now as a high draft pick is amazing. His best ball is in front of him.”Bobby Evans became OU’s second offensive lineman to be selected on Friday night.

Evans was picked in the third round by the Los Angeles Rams with the 97th overall pick. The Rams moved up four spots to get Evans.Evans was a teammate of Murray at Allen (Texas) High School. He chose for early entry into the NFL Draft with Ford and the decision paid off for both.

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Michigan had two players – Devin Bush Jr. and Rashan Gary – selected in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, but although many analysts thought the Wolverines could have two second-round picks, their names were not called.

Defensive end Chase Winovich and cornerback David Long were thought to be sure second-round picks by many draft analysts but had to continue waiting into the third round where they both were taken early.

Winovich was selected by the New England Patriots with the 77th pick and Long is heading home to Los Angeles to play for the Rams, which made him the 79th overall pick. The NFL Draft concludes Saturday. Bush was the No. 10 overall pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Gary went No. 12 to Green Bay.

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Earlier this week, ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper projected Winovich and Long, who both had strong NFL Combine showings, in the second round. Winovich returned to Michigan for his final year of eligibility after considering an early jump to the NFL, and with that additional year in college football, he turned heads while earning the team’s Most Valuable Player distinction.

Long left the Wolverines with a season of eligibility remaining. He had one interception and eight pass breakups last season. He had six pass breakups in 2017 and three interceptions his final two seasons as a starter.

Winovich had 69 tackles, including 17 for loss and five sacks last fall. He was a colorful personality and not just because of his long blond hair. At the NFL Combine, Winovich said he wanted to convince teams there was more to him than just being a high-motor player.

Out of all the players who are leaving the West Virginia Mountaineers this year, there is no one I will miss more than David Long. An undersized prospects, standing under 6’-0” tall, Long has “it”. However you choose to define it for a defensive football player, Long has that quality. He instinctively finds the football and quickly, strongly, and immediately brings down the ball carrier – often behind the line of scrimmage. There is a reason he is named Mr. TFL. Long missed the first four games of his sophomore year and still finished 4th in the Big 12 in tackles. Despite playing only 11 games last year due to a hurricane, Long finished with over 100 tackles. In his 2+ years starting, he had over 250 tackles and 40 tackles for loss. Aqib Talib is in the perfect position to be a mentor to David Long entering his first season with the Los Angeles Rams.

Due to all of the uncertainty surrounding the cornerback position beyond the 2019 season with Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, the Los Angeles Rams were expected to look at the cornerback position during the 2019 NFL Draft, which they did with David Long in the third round.

Thanks to impressive career at Michigan, the Rams hope to see Long eventually develop into a reliable starter on the defensive side of the football, but for now it looks like the rookie just needs to be a little extra patient.Plus, one of the main positive factors for Long to consider is now that he’s officially a member of the Rams is how he can benefit from one of the best in the game with Talib.

Football fans can say whatever they want about how much of a headache Talib can be at times, but at the end of the day, his talent is undeniable at the NFL level.

In a way, it’s amazing to think about how Talib will be entering his 13th NFL season (second with Rams), and has still proven to play football at a high enough level to make a major impact on the defensive side of the football.

Last year when Los Angeles acquired the veteran cornerback from the Denver Broncos, they knew all along that Talib would most likely only be a short-term answer since it’s tough to continue playing at his age (turned 33 in February).

Similar to Peters, Talib is entering the final year of his contract in 2019, but unlike his teammate, it seems more likely that Los Angeles will move on from Talib after this season, especially if Long has a successful year of development as a rookie.At the moment, Brown may have an experience advantage over Henderson since he’s heading into his fifth season with the Rams, but plenty could change from now until the end of training camp.

Watching Henderson end his career with the Tigers in one of the best ways possible by rushing for 1,909 yards to go along with 22 touchdowns is the perfect example of why the interest was there for Los Angeles in the draft.

Brown has been a favorite of McVay’s over the last two seasons, but the Rams head coach will always do what’s best for the team on offense, even if that means Henderson works his way into the No. 2 spot in the backfield.

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Two weeks before the NFL Draft, Darrell Henderson enjoyed a rare moment of peace when he wasn’t flying to meet various teams.

He had just finished an autograph signing at TNC Sports in Bartlett and was surrounded by cousins, his sister Jerrica and uncle Kelvin Holmes. They took turns cracking jokes and play fighting as two of Henderson’s younger cousins chased each other.

His cousin Bobby Sanford took a picture of Henderson and a friend, but the photo came out upside down. Henderson laughed while he grabbed the phone, showing him how to rotate the picture right side up.

For those used to Henderson as a soft-spoken running back, it was a side he rarely showed in public. The laughter and ease around those closest to him allowed him to relax before his life changes this week.

“You only got one family and you got to enjoy them while you’re here so I try to spend as much time with them as possible,” said Henderson, a projected third-round pick in this week’s NFL Draft in Nashville. “They keep me motivated.”

Former Memphis running back Darrell Henderson poses with several family members after completing his Pro Day at Memphis. On Henderson’s immediate left is his cousin Bobby Sanford and to his right is cousin Patrice Shipp and uncle Kelvin Holmes. (Photo: Photo courtesy of Henderson family)

“My dad was very strict on me and he wouldn’t let me hang around certain people that he felt would threaten me,” Henderson said. “He put us in the house and had me working and cutting grass for him.”

The elder Henderson worked during the day and when he came home, he took Darrell Jr. as he worked in neighbor’s yards. It gave his son the work ethic he needed when he was told he was too small at 5-foot-8 to be a star running back.

Darrell Henderson played for the Batesville Steelers in the Youth Football League in his native Mississippi. During one season, he ran for over 2,000 yards and led his team to the YFL championship

Memphis running back Darrell Henderson (middle) fights for positive yards against the Tulsa defense during action in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday, November 10, 2018. (Photo: Mark Weber, The Commercial Appeal)

“I told him they’re moving you around to make you more flexible for the offense,” Holmes recalled.

Norvell had high expectations for Henderson. After the two met along with then-running backs coach Darrell Dickey, who helped recruit him with Fuente’s staff, Henderson was even more confident that Memphis was where he needed to be.

As things stand at the 2019 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills will first select ninth overall with 10 picks in total. If things hold there, the team could have plenty of options to consider when turning in their selection cards.

During the run to up to the draft which starts on April 25, BillsWire will compile information on prospects the Bills could have interest in. Specifically, what scouting reports say about their game.

Next up in our prospect previews is running back Darrell Henderson. Here’s a rundown of the what the experts are saying about his game:

Despite Darrell Henderson receiving heavy praise for being one of the top running backs from the 2019 NFL Draft class, the Los Angeles Rams weren’t really considered a strong landing spot for the Memphis star.

With the No. 31 pick in the first round after falling to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 53, most football fans rightfully assumed that Los Angeles would focus on one of their top needs with the selection, whether it was the offensive line or somewhere on defense.

After all of the drama surrounding Gurley’s lack of impact during the NFC Championship and Super Bowl, it was discovered this offseason the former Georgia star was dealing with arthritis in his one knee, which explains a lot.

The Rams have already made it clear they would be taking a different approach with Gurley in 2019 to make sure his knee wasn’t overworked too much, but also just because the team will be taking a different approach doesn’t eliminate any concerns.

Talent wise, Henderson is one of the top prospects at running back for a reason since the 22 rushing touchdowns recorded in his final season with the Tigers gives him all sorts of NFL potential.

No matter how great Gurley has been for the Rams’ offense over the years, even he knows the team will need to do whatever it takes to put them in the best position possible to make a run at the Super Bowl in 2019.

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Three Washington players were selected in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday.

Cornerback Byron Murphy, a Scottsdale, Ariz. native, is headed home after being taken by the Arizona Cardinals with the 33rd overall pick. The Cincinnati Bengals selected tight end Drew Sample with the No. 52 overall pick before the Los Angeles Rams took safety Taylor Rapp at No. 61.

The Huskies had four players drafted in the first two rounds as offensive tackle Kaleb McGary was taken by the Atlanta Falcons with the No. 31 pick in the first round on Thursday.

Washington tight end Drew Sample (88) and Washington tight end Cade Otton (87) celebrate Otton’s touchdown catch in the first quarter. The Washington Huskies played the Oregon State Beavers in a NCAA football game at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash., on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.

A second-team AP All-American last season, Murphy announced he was foregoing his final two seasons of eligibility shortly after the Huskies fell to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.

Considered by many experts to be the top cornerback in the draft, Murphy was the second cornerback off the board. The New York Giants took Georgia’s DeAndre Baker with the 30th pick of the first round.

Murphy, who joins former UW defensive backs Budda Baker and Zeke Turner in Arizona, was an All-Pac-12 first-team selection last season. He was named the Pac-12 championship game MVP after recording two interceptions, including one he returned 66 yards for a touchdown.

Sample was a 2018 Academic All-Pac-12 second-team selection and an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection. He finished his UW career with 46 receptions for 487 yards and five touchdowns, catching 25 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns last season.

According to Pro Football Focus, Sample ranked 14th in overall grade (75.5) among draft-eligible tight ends with at least 300 offensive snaps in 2018. He was first in run-blocking grade (82.2).

NFL.com wrote in its scouting report that “Sample’s size and lunch-pail demeanor are what NFL teams look for at the point of attack. While he might be typecast as just a blocking tight end, he possess enough speed and ball skills to become a more productive pass catcher than he was at Washington.”

Sample became the fifth Husky tight end to be drafted since 2014.

Rapp, who started 35 games in his three years at UW, was a back-to-back first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2017 and 2018. In 2016, he was named the conference’s Defensive Freshman of the Year. A 2018 AP second-team All-American, Rapp finished last season with 59 tackles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

He was considered the No. 3 safety by NFL.com heading into the draft. In his mock draft, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller had Rapp going in the first round, writing that Rapp is “able to play either safety spot, is a huge hitter and can even match up in slot coverage when needed.”

Washington safety Taylor Rapp has a “hip flexor issue,” Dane Brugler of TheAthletic.com reports.

Brugler calls it “good/bad news” as it explains why he ran a 4.78 in the 40-yard dash but “some teams are worried about the injury.”

Will it affect his draft stock tonight? It’s not something that’s just popped up.

Rapp injured his hip in the Pac-12 championship game and didn’t play in the Rose Bowl loss to Ohio State after going through pregame warmups.

He projected as one of the top safety prospects behind Maryland’s Darnell Savage and Mississippi State’s Johnathan Abram, both of whom went in the first round Thursday.

The Cowboys are among the teams Rapp visited during the pre-draft process.

He was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection the past two seasons and was the conference’s defensive freshman of the year in 2016. He finished his junior season with 59 tackles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions, earning second-team All-America honors.

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Dante Fowler Jr. and Marcus Peters told McVay in advance that they had other obligations preventing them from attending the start of the offseason program.

“There was a couple guys that just had some different things going on. Dante and Marcus both communicated well in advance, but those are guys that will be here once they get some of those things taken care of that they had to do.”

It’s not a concern at all that Fowler or Peters aren’t attending the start of workouts, as expressed by McVay. It’s not as if they’re holding out, giving the coach notice well in advance of Monday’s initial session.

They weren’t the only players absent from the start of workouts. Restricted free agents Cory Littleton and Troy Hill were also missing, but McVay doesn’t sound overly concerned.

“I think once they come in, you’d like to be able to get those guys to sign. That’s something that we’re navigating through,” McVay said. “Cory was the other guy that, he communicated to us that he had something going on, so we don’t expect anything to be different. Those are guys that we hope to be on our team and looking forward to working with, but as far as anything specific, there’s really no news on that front.”

Six players signed free agent tenders on Monday after arriving to the team’s facility, including Blake Countess and JoJo Natson. Littleton and Hill are the only restricted free agents who haven’t yet signed their tenders.

Mandatory minicamp doesn’t start until June 11, so anyone who has not yet reported to the team still has plenty of time to do so without being fined.

Cory Littleton is among the Los Angeles Rams’ priority free agents this offseason, though on a slightly lower level. Not only is he a step below Ndamukong Suh and Rodger Saffold, but he’s also in a different situation.

Littleton is hitting free agency as a restricted free agent, making it far easier for the Rams to keep him. He’s not free to negotiate deals with other teams on the open market, which favors Los Angeles.

Littleton was thrust into a starting role after the Rams traded Alec Ogletree to the Giants and while he wasn’t without flaws, he did prove to be an upgrade over Ogletree. Where Littleton struggled was against the run, playing a role in the Rams defense allowing 5.1 yards per carry in the regular season – the highest rate in the NFL.

He’s on the slight side when it comes to inside linebackers, but his range allows him to roam sideline to sideline and make plays in the passing game. Littleton was 11th among linebackers this past season in coverage grade from PFF, which shows he was reliable against the pass.

The Los Angeles Rams had until Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET to hand out tenders to their restricted free agents, but they took care of that business one day in advance. The team announced on Tuesday that it has tendered nine restricted and exclusive rights free agents, including Cory Littleton.

Littleton was the only player given a tender higher than the original-round designation, receiving a second-round tender. That tentatively keeps Littleton in Los Angeles for one more year, but it doesn’t guarantee he’ll be back in 2019.

He can negotiate contracts with other teams and if he signs an offer sheet, the Rams have the opportunity to match it. If they opt not to, the team that signs him will have to give the Rams a second-round pick in return for Littleton.

Additionally, Blake Countess, Malcolm Brown and Troy Hill all received original-round tenders as restricted free agents. The Rams won’t get any compensation for Hill or Brown if they leave, since they were undrafted free agents. But Countess would net the Rams a sixth-rounder because that’s where he was drafted.

According to OverTheCap.com, a second-round tender is worth about $3.1 million, while the original-round tender pays $2 million for 2019.

As for the exclusive rights free agents, the Rams tendered JoJo Natson, KhaDarel Hodge, Dominique Hatfield, Morgan Fox and Kevin Peterson. Garrett Sickles was the only player not to get tendered, so he’ll become a free agent on Wednesday.

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After the Los Angeles Rams’ loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, Andrew Whitworth was among the players on a podium being peppered with questions from reporters. He left an impression on just about everyone watching.

When asked to reflect on the game and what it means to miss out on capturing the elusive Lombardi Trophy, Whitworth gave a very memorable quote – one that was trending on Twitter after the game.

“You’re not gonna get me to pout and feel sorry for myself,” Whitworth said. “I realize what this game means, I cherish the crap out of it. I don’t give a crap if you have a Hall of Fame bust, if you’ve been a Pro Bowler, or win 20 Super Bowls. At the end of the day, you’re all gonna die and you’re all gonna have the opportunity to not be playing football and who you are, how you carry yourself, whether you pout and feel sorry for yourself is the only thing that’s gonna matter — because that’s what people are going to remember about you.”

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That’s pretty profound and powerful, coming from a player who’s spent more than a decade in the NFL. The quote was taken somewhat out of context in relation to the question that Whitworth was asked, but the meaning behind the message still held true.

During an appearance on Fox Sports 1’s “Fair Game” with Kristine Leahy, Whitworth clarified his comments and tried to expand on them.

With Rodger Saffold departing in free agency, many expect the Rams to add an interior lineman. But there’s also been a lot of talk about the Rams adding an offensive tackle. Andrew Whitworth publicly flirted with retirement this offseason before ultimately deciding to return for the 2019 season.

Many have argued the Rams need to draft a tackle early to prepare for the eventual retirement of Whitworth, but those arguments have mostly omitted the presence of Joseph Noteboom on the roster.

A third-round pick last year, Noteboom has mostly flown under the radar after essentially redshirting as a rookie. But it’s important not to forget about Noteboom when talking about successors to Whitworth, and this recent tweet from Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic shows we might be underestimating how high the Rams’ coaching staff is on him.

Exercising the fifth year on a starting first-round pick is a perfunctory step for teams. Clubs have until May 3 to make the move.

Locking Goff in until the 2020 season provides the Rams flexibility with their free-agents-to-be next offseason — a group that currently includes Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, Dante Fowler Jr., Andrew Whitworth and Blake Bortles, among others.

The Rams could look to reach a massive multi-year contract extension with Goff well before the 2020 season expires. As we’ve seen with starting quarterbacks, the longer the wait, the more intrinsically expensive they become.

The Rams’ move with Goff is the latest in a string of no-brainer fifth-year options picked up recently, which included Chargers pass rusher Joey Bosa and Ravens offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley.

Andrew Whitworth, who’s returning for his 14th NFL season, can’t wait to hear Sean McVay’s message about bouncing back from the Rams’ Super Bowl disappointment.

“Knowing that guy and the fire and intensity he has, I can’t imagine. It’s going to be good, you know that,” Whitworth said on NFL Network Wednesday. “I can’t wait to get back to work with him and really the whole group. I’m looking forward to it and I know he’s going to do a heck of a job as he always does of giving us a direct set mentality of how we move forward from here and that’s one of the best things he’s able to do.

“I look forward to this challenge of this next season and I’ve had a lot of fun training this offseason and, man, it’s right around the corner.”

Robert Woods also appeared on NFL Network Wednesday night, sharing his thoughts on a variety of topics, from the new pass interference rule to how the Rams can respond to their Super Bowl loss.

He echoed similar sentiments to Whitworth’s, calling the Rams a “big family” because of the job McVay’s done.

“Just his personality is exactly what this team is: young, energetic, excited to come to work. Every single player is excited when we step on the practice field, in the weight room, it’s a joy to be there with our teammates. Really, just a big family,” Woods said.