Greg Gaines Jersey

The Rams waited until the fourth round to add a run stuffer for the middle of their line in defensive tackle Greg Gaines out of the University of Washington.

General manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay specifically mentioned using Gaines at the nose tackle spot in base packages, putting emphasis on the former Huskie’s ability to stay disciplined and stop the run.

Here are three things to know about Gaines:


Gaines joins fellow draftee, cornerback David Long, as a Southern California native returning home for his first professional season as Ram. The young D-lineman was born in La Habra, Calif., and played four years at La Habra High School — just an hour from the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.


In his conference call with Los Angeles media after he was drafted No. 134 overall, Gaines disclosed that his first game with the Rams will have special significance.

“I’ve never personally been to an NFL game, so my first NFL game — I’ll be playing in it hopefully,” Gaines said. “I grew up in L.A. and there were no teams anywhere nearby, so we just never got to go to an NFL game.”

3. THE PAC-12’s BEST

Gaines was voted as the top defensive lineman in the Pac-12 by his conference opponents in his final season at Washington, earning the Morris Trophy. In 14 games as a redshirt senior, Gaines posted 55 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception — a statline good enough for First Team All-Pac 12 honors.

Bobby Evans Jersey

Evans declared for the 2019 NFL Draft as a redshirt junior, after four years on campus in Norman, Oklahoma. With three seasons protecting valuable signal-callers across the offensive line under his belt, Evans should provide some valuable depth to the Rams offensive front and gain valuable experience playing behind left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who is set to wrap up his three-year deal with the close of the 2019 campaign.

Here are three things to know about Evans:


Evans did not miss a game in three seasons at OU, starting at both right and left tackle on the Sooner offense. He earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors in 26 games over two seasons at right tackle, before a switch to left tackle ahead of his final season on campus, where he earned a Second-Team All-Big 12 nod.

Evans’ experience playing across the O-line could pay off in his professional career as a member of offensive line coach/run game coordinator Aaron Kromer’s unit.

“Any time a guy can play two positions like that, starting right and going to the left, you got to love his versatility and his athleticism that he’s showing,” Kromer said following the third-round selection.


Quarterback Jared Goff is getting a young offensive lineman that has some big experience protecting high-profile quarterbacks in Evans.

The 6-foot-5, 301-pound tackle lined up in front of quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray during his time as a starter at OU. Mayfield and Murray each won the Heisman Trophy and were drafted No. 1 overall following the 2017 and 2018 seasons, respectively.

Evans attended Allen High School with Murray, where he protected the future Arizona Cardinal’s blindside as a left tackle.


Evans’ father, Bobby Joe Evans, was the 1994-95 Texas Gatorade High School Player of the Year in basketball and lettered as a member of the OU basketball team.

The younger Evans spent two seasons as a tight end at Allen HS, before moving to the offensive line.

David Long Jersey

Addressing depth in the secondary was clearly a priority for the Rams in the 2019 NFL Draft, taking safety Taylor Rapp in the second round, followed by cornerback David Long in the third.

Long is a two-time letterman at the University of Michigan and was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection in his final season in Ann Arbor. In 29 games, Long recorded 38 tackles, two tackles for loss, 17 passes defensed, and three interceptions.

Here are three things to know about Long:



Long is headed home for his professional football career and will take the Coliseum’s field just two miles from where he played his high school ball. After his 4.0 academic and four-star athletic career at Loyola High School, Long committed and then decommitted from Stanford, before aligning with the Wolverines and his new eccentric head coach Jim Harbaugh — who climbed a tree in his recruiting visit to land Michigan’s new top corner.



Long’s stats might not jump off the page from his three years at Michigan, but according to Pro Football Focus that might just be because his man wasn’t open. Just ahead of the draft, PFF said Long could be a steal — noting that on 595 snaps, Long allowed just 18 receptions on 60 targets for 130 yards. And of the 18 receptions, only three went for a first down, only one for a touchdown. He never allowed more than two catches in a game in Michigan’s man-coverage scheme.



Long posted the best three-cone (6.45) and 20-yard shuttle (3.97) times at the NFL Combine last month, providing a glimpse at his quickness in short space.

His three-cone time topped next-best time by 0.18 seconds and was the No. 5 time since 2000. General manager Les Snead often describes these drills as important for illustrating football speed, since a player rarely runs 40 yards in a straight line during a game.

Darrell Henderson Jersey

Entering the 2019 NFL draft, the Los Angeles Rams were in a position that most teams were not. They could take the best player available at just about any positions besides quarterback and still have a loaded starting lineup for next season.

To an extent, that’s exactly what Les Snead and the front office did. After taking safety Taylor Rapp at No. 61 overall, the Rams traded up 24 spots to draft running back Darrell Henderson at No. 79 – a stunner for most fans and analysts.

It was purely a luxury pick for Los Angeles, passing on a position of greater need like nose tackle or center to take a backup running back. As of now, Henderson is probably RB3, but his exact role with the Rams remains to be seen. Will he be the third-stringer? Will he get 150 carries? Or will he be more of a gadget player in the mold of Darren Sproles and James White?

Running backs taken in the third round of recent drafts have played fairly frequently as rookies and many of them even became starters in a year or two. Of the last 15 running backs to be drafted in the third round, only three of them didn’t start a single game as a rookie: James Conner, Matt Jones and Charles Sims.

Since 2010, 21 running backs have been drafted in Round 3. More than half (11) carried the ball at least 100 times as rookies with nine rushing for more than 500 yards. The top player from that group was Kareem Hunt, who led the league in rushing as a rookie with 1,237 yards on 272 carries.

Alvin Kamara is no slouch, either, and he’s set to be the lead back in New Orleans next season with Mark Ingram gone. David Johnson is a former first-team All-Pro, Conner is the starter with Pittsburgh and DeMarco Murray toped the NFL in rushing with 1,845 yards in 2014 – his fourth season.

Take a look at the list below, which includes stats from their rookie seasons.

Looking ahead to those players’ second seasons in the NFL, six of them were full-time starters in Year 2. That doesn’t even include Jones, who started seven games for the Redskins before getting injured in 2016.

The majority remained role players and were a part of a committee approach with their respective teams, but they still contributed. Out of the 21 third-round running backs since 2010, 13 of them carried the ball at least 100 times in their second year. Duke Johnson, who had 73 rush attempts in his second NFL season, caught the ball 53 times, so he was certainly involved in the Browns’ offense.

There are countless examples of running backs being drafted in the third round and getting an abundance of work right out of the gate. There have also been tailbacks who saw very little action as rookies, including Kenyan Drake, Conner, C.J. Prosise and Alex Green.

Some of it comes down to the player while others are dependent on the situation he enters, which makes Henderson a unique case. He has a ton of talent and can score from anywhere, but he’s also joining a crowded backfield with Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown.

The likeliest scenario is Henderson carrying the ball about 50-75 times and catching another 25 or so passes. Last season, Gurley had 256 carries and 59 receptions – numbers that he’s unlikely to touch in 2019 with his workload on track to shrink. His backups, C.J. Anderson and Malcolm Brown, combined for 86 carries and nine receptions.

Neither is the receiver that Henderson is, but Brown and John Kelly should still get their share of touches, too. Anything less than 50 total touches will be a disappointingly low number for Henderson, who was drafted to be the Rams’ “change-of-pace” back. Recent history shows third-round backs can have success as rookies, it’s just a matter of whether Sean McVay will give Henderson the chance to be next in line.

Taylor Rapp Jersey

The Rams used their first draft pick to add youthful depth to the secondary in the second round. Former University of Washington safety Taylor Rapp will join the decorated Rams secondary in 2019 after 39 games as a Huskie. Rapp recorded 8.5 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks, seven interceptions, six passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries in his college career.

Here are three things to know about Rapp:



If Rapp’s first season as a professional goes anything his his first seasons in the college ranks, the Rams might be more than pleased with their choice at No. 61-overall.

Rapp played in all 14 games as a true freshman and started in 10. He perhaps iced his spot on All-Freshman lists in the Pac-12 title game against Colorado, when he picked off back-to-back passes and returned one of them for a touchdown. The performance earned Rapp the game’s MVP nod.

Rapp finished his freshman season with 51 tackles, four interceptions, a touchdown, two passes defensed, and a forced fumble.


With the addition of Rapp and defensive tackle Greg Gaines in 2019, the Rams have now drafted 40 players out of the University of Washington — only USC has sent more prospects to the franchise.

On Friday, Rapp became the first Huskie drafted by the Rams since DE Jason Chorak was taken in the seventh-round of the 1998 draft. Rapp will also join former Washington standout cornerback Marcus Peters in the Rams secondary in 2019.


Rapp holds both Canadian and American passports, born to a Canadian father and Chinese mother in Atlanta, Georgia.
Part of just the .4 percent of Asian athletes to compete at the Division I level, the Rams’ newest safety told’s Andy Fenelon that he hopes to be a ‘beacon’ for Chinese-American football players of the future after making his professional football dreams come true.

“It’s beyond making history to me,” Rapp told Fenelon. “To me, it’s about gaining a platform that will help inspire a generation of Chinese- and Asian-American kids. I don’t want to be just an answer to a trivia question; I want to inspire and have a real impact.”