It’s nice to see that even during a pandemic, general manager Les Snead and the Los Angeles Rams have kept the tradition of signing the NFL Draft class together. It’s a bit later this year due to COVID-19, but the entire class is signed together after educating each rookie of the responsibilities of signing a large contract.
Nothing too surprising, but one less thing to worry about during a season of uncertainties. The rookie class contracts breakdown like this:
FSU RB Cam Akers, Second Round Draft Pick, 52nd overall
Akers signed a 4-year contract worth $6,173,035, including a $2,049,480 signing bonus. A little under $3 million is guaranteed. All things considered, if Akers lives up to the hype, the investment is minimal. Truthfully, now that Todd Gurley is gone, the RB position is one of the more affordable positions on the team.
Flordia WR Van Jefferson, Second Round Draft Pick, 57th overall
Jefferson agreed to a 4-year contract worth $5,611,134, including a $1,640,824 signing bonus. A little over $2.5 million of the contract is guaranteed. Jefferson is potentially another weapon for Goff in 2020. It isn’t clear if the Rams will place him in the No. 3 spot at receiver, but he will need to compete against veteran Josh Reynolds.
Alabama OLB Terrell Lewis, Third Round Draft Pick, 84th overall
The Rams signed Lewis to a 4-year deal worth $4,638,593, including a $933,524 signing bonus. A little under $1 million is guaranteed. Lewis’s potential is vast and the Rams are looking to explore him as an eventual starter. If he remains healthy and becomes a fast learner, he might be too good to keep on the bench.
Utah S Terrell Burgess, Third Round Draft Pick, 104th overall
Burgess signed a 4-year deal worth $4,499,405, including a $832,296 signing bonus. About $832,296 is guaranteed. Because of how the defense will likely function in 2020, the safety position became vital. Newly appointed defensive coordinator Brandon Staley plans to utilize the defense with more of a hybrid safety role, meaning that Burgess may see the field more often than many realize. Of course, he will need to adjust to NFL level first.
Purdue TE Brycen Hopkins, Fourth Round Draft Pick, 136th Overall
Hopkins signed a 4-year deal worth $3,948,132, including a $653,132 signing bonus. The guaranteed money is the same value as the bonus. As of this moment, Hopkins will likely play a reserved role in 2020. Hopkins has plenty of potential, however, TE is stacked with Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett ahead of him. There is a possibility Hopkins can see some playing time if Everett is traded or cut since it is his contract year.
Ohio State S Jordan Fuller, Sixth Round Draft Pick, 199th Overall
Fuller agreed to a 4-year deal worth $3,465,712, including a $170,712 signing bonus. The guaranteed money is the same value as the bonus. As mentioned with Burgess, the safety position will play a crucial role in 2020. The fact that Snead felt the need to draft two safeties in the 2020 NFL Draft is evidence of how much the position will be valued. While it isn’t clear how often Fuller will see the field, we can expect at the least he will be a back safety/special teamer.
Baylor ILB Clay Johnston, Seventh Round Draft Pick, 234th overall
The Rams and Johnston agreed to a 4-year deal worth $3,383,180, including a $88,180 signing bonus. The guaranteed money is the same value as the bonus. The Rams had a clear need at ILB, but the lack of urgency at the position is an indicator that the defense may not have too much of a presence at ILB. Still, a talent like Johnston is too good to pass up in the seventh round. The tackling machine out of Baylor could develop into a reliable player or a coveted special teamer.
Miami (OH) K Sam Sloman, Seventh Round Draft Pick, 248th overall
Sloman agreed to a 4-year deal worth $3,370,492, including a $75,492 signing bonus. The guaranteed money is the same value as the bonus. Since the kicker position is vacant, Sloman is entering the competition to earn the starting role. It will be tough to see how the starting kicker will be named considering the competition won’t involve the preseason and limited training camp. Still, Sloman could be kept on the practice squad if not named the starter considering the other competitors don’t have much experience in the NFL either.
Clemson OG Tremayne Anchrum, Seventh Round Draft Pick, 250th overall
The Rams agreed to a 4-year deal worth $3,370,492 with their final draft pick. Anchrum’s signing bonus is $75,492 with the same amount guaranteed. Anchrum technically played tackle in Clemson despite being undersized. He will likely play in the interior of the offensive line, but he was undeniably talented to capture the interest of the Rams. Anchrum will need to work hard to make the active roster. Chandler Brewer opting out of the 2020 season makes the competition a little easier.