Three Rams land on Dominik's ultimate 53-man roster

In what has become an annual preseason tradition for ESPN NFL analyst Mark Dominik, the former NFL general manager offered up his ultimate 53-man roster on Tuesday.

Dominik's roster is built within the confines of the current salary cap of just over $142 million. Otherwise, he's free to pick players from any team he wants to fill any positions.

As it turned out, Dominik chose three members of the St. Louis Rams for his roster. The players? Linebacker James Laurinaitis, defensive tackle Aaron Donald and cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

Donald's presence is essentially a no brainer considering he's already one of the best tackles in the league and his rookie contract makes him a bargain at a cost of a little more than $2.3 million. He'd probably land on anyone's list.

Laurinaitis and Jenkins might be a little more of a surprise but there's sound logic behind both choices. Dominik chooses Laurinaitis to be his strongside linebacker on the basis of leadership and the positional flexibility to be his backup in the middle. After big cap numbers in previous years, Laurinaitis' number drops to $4.275 million this year.

Jenkins is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is also considered a bargain at a little less than $1.6 million. Clearly, Dominik thinks highly of Jenkins and refers to him as "underrated" in his explanation for the choice. Dominik even has Jenkins listed as his starter opposite Joe Haden.


A roundup of Tuesday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we opened the day with a look at whether this is a make or break season for Jeff Fisher as coach of the Rams. ... Cowboys owner Jerry Jones again spoke out in favor of Stan Kroenke and Los Angeles. ... Kroenke attended the team's practice Monday in Oxnard, California. ... Fisher and Cowboys coach Jason Garrett did their best to limit scuffles in their joint practices. ... The St. Louis stadium proposal got another boost Tuesday with the approval of tax credit money. ... Finally, the Rams canceled their Wednesday practice scheduled in Oxnard.


Cowboys reporter Todd Archer had a couple of good reads from Oxnard:

First, on the memory Rams wideout Daniel Rodriguez shares with tight end Jason Witten.

Second, some thoughts on camp practice between the teams.

NFL Nation debates which player should earn the most money in the NFL.

Columnist Kevin Seifert weighs in on how the extra point rule change could alter the 2015 season.

At 101sports.com, SI.com's Chris Burke discusses the importance of this season for Rams receiver Tavon Austin.

At stltoday.com, Jeff Gordon writes that a Rams-Chargers accord in Los Angeles makes the most sense.

Jim Thomas writes that fans flocked to see the Rams practice in Oxnard.