The world is off its axis. The St. Louis Rams aren’t picking first or second in an NFL draft. In fact, they aren’t even in the top 10. With this young yet talented team, we’d better get used to it. Ryan Van Bibber of Turf Show Times isn’t complaining.
1. How weird is it not picking first or second?
It’s refreshing. It also makes gaming the draft way more interesting from the perspective of a fan and someone who covers the team. Obviously, everyone has their own version of the draft board, so with 13 teams picking in front of the Rams a number of different scenarios could happen on draft day.
2. Is this draft all about building the defense in St. Louis?
Both sides of the ball need help. The defense needs the next wave of talent on the inside of the defensive line and a pass rusher to go with Chris Long. The outside linebackers need upgrading, and the secondary needs depth and a starting safety. On offense, the Rams need speed and playmakers. Wide receiver is an obvious need, but what they do to bring in a complementary back to pair with Steven Jackson could have just as much of an impact. The offensive line needs help at guard and depth, depth, depth…can never have enough depth.
3. I feel like it’s a misconception that they’re desperate for wide receiver help and need a guy like Julio Jones. Donnie Avery and Mark Clayton will/should be back…
No. The Rams need some help at receiver. There’s some talent with Avery and Danario Alexander, but it would be foolhardy to count on them to stay healthy. They also need speed guys to stretch the field. Can Avery live up to the talent he has and what he showed in his rookie year? That’s the hope, but they just can’t count on it. If they don’t get a guy like Julio Jones, they can probably float for a year, maybe find a speedster like Torrey Smith or Titus Young in second round. They have a good stable of role players and depth, but nothing but question marks for guys who can be difference makers.
4. What is the team’s biggest need?
It’s hard to put one over the other, but if I had to, I’d say they need some playmakers on offense, some weapons to get the most out of Sam Bradford.
5. Is there a particular player you’re hoping they land?
Oh, I don’t know. I’d love to see them get Julio Jones or Kendall Hunter, but this is a good draft for those kind of running backs.