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Pro Football Focus ranks Rams most improved in NFC West

Part of the beauty of the NFL offseason is the many differing opinions on every team's approach to it. Those that spend big money in free agency are often times considered "winners" right after they make those moves but rarely so when the games actually start.

Others point to making smart, low-budget roster moves while focusing on nailing the draft as the proper approach, a time-tested method that's worked for consistent winners such as the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots.

The Los Angeles Rams have attempted both in the recent past with mediocre results. But earlier this week, Pro Football Focus named the team in each of the NFL's eight divisions it believes improved itself the most in the 2016 offseason. Their choice for the NFC West division? The Rams.

PFF credits the Rams for a strong draft (with a grade of A-minus) and lauds them for the bold move up to land quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick. PFF also approved of the Rams' moves to add pass-catchers for Goff in the later rounds, with a particular affinity for sixth-round receiver Michael Thomas.

Undoubtedly, the Rams have a steep hill to climb in the NFC West with Arizona and Seattle looming at the top but if the offseason turns out as well as PFF believes, it could be a little less daunting.

I.C.Y.M.I.

A roundup of Wednesday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... We began the morning with a look at the chances Goff starts right away. ... The Ram-blings began with a snapshot of where the Rams stand in the post-draft power rankings. ... Running backs Aaron Green and Malcolm Brown were high school rivals and now find themselves competing for a possible roster spot with the Rams. ... Safety T.J. McDonald was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of something other than alcohol. ... In this video, I discuss the pros and cons of Goff taking over as the starter from day one.

Elsewhere:

Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman is confident the Raiders will be coming to town, writes Andy Katz.

Pro Football Focus examines the players most likely to be busts from the 2016 draft class.

Mel Kiper Jr. offers his way too early 2017 Big Board.

LATimes.com writes on a minor receiver move for the Rams roster.

Also at LATimes.com, the Rams asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit over their move to Los Angeles.

KABC TV has a report on the Rams helping a Reseda school hit by theft.