The 2016 season for the Los Angeles Rams certainly had different headlining moments for the media. Whether it was the initial relocation to Los Angeles, the decision to play No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff, the firing of Jeff Fisher or the outlook of the organization, something was always up with the Rams.
While on an organizational level there were many instances, the players still had a job to get done on the field. The offense struggled throughout various points, battling between two quarterbacks and an offense that was never consistently in sync.
However, the special teams unit and defense each had their own players that stood out. The Associated Press announced their picks for the All-Pro players in the NFL, through a voting process that has a first and second team.
After all the voting was said and done, the Rams finished with a total of three All-Pro players. Punter Johnny Hekker heavily won the selection as the first-team punter, while defensive end Aaron Donald also earned the nomination.
In a predictable fashion, the lone Pro Bowl selections for the Rams ended up translating into All-Pro selections, while linebacker Alec Ogletree was voted onto the second team.
The Rams took to their Twitter account to congratulate their All-Pro selections, after a successful individual 2016 season:
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) January 8, 2017
The 2016 season was eventful for Hekker, as he passed former Arizona Cardinals’ punter Dave Zastudil for most punts in a season downed inside the 20-yard line. The previous record was 46 (in 112 attempts), with Hekker totaling 51 in 98 punts this season.
While standing out defensively, Donald was in for constant double teams throughout the season. In 16 games this season, he totaled 36 tackles (11 assists), with eight sacks, five passes defended and two forced fumbles.
Ogletree led the Rams in tackles, with 98 on the season (38 assists). He also had two interceptions, 11 passes defended, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
While the Rams’ 4-12 record didn’t attest to any team success, the individual success does point out promising starting points for the incoming head coaching candidates.