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Team needs: St. Louis Rams

Les Snead, Kevin Demoff, Jeff Fisher AP

The St. Louis Rams have a long way to go. They have needs all over the 80-man offseason roster, and haven’t made the playoffs since 2004.

Wide receiver: Brandon Gibson. Mike Sims-Walker. Laurent Robinson. Mardy Gilyard. Austin Pettis and Greg Salas. Danario Alexander, Mark Clayton, Donnie Avery, and Keenan Burton. These are just some of the retread types St. Louis has trotted out at receiver since Torry Holt’s knees gave out. Alexander and slot man Danny Amendola would be the Rams’ starting wideouts if the season began today.

Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon will surely be a consideration with the sixth overall draft pick, but the Rams could pass if they deem another available prospect a better football player than Blackmon. As opposed to targeting particular positions, St. Louis just needs guys who are good at football. They don’t have many.

Offensive line: Former No. 2 overall pick Jason Smith has been a bust of epic proportions at right tackle, and left tackle Rodger Saffold played poorly last season. The Rams’ starting left guard job is wide open. St. Louis needs to give quarterback Sam Bradford more weapons, but also must upgrade his pass protection.

Linebacker: The Rams have annually struggled to defend the run, and their attempts to find outside linebackers have failed miserably in recent seasons. St. Louis needs two starting outside linebackers. Newly acquired Jo-Lonn Dunbar is ideally suited for special teams, and middle man James Laurinaitis is the club’s only starting-caliber linebacker.

Defensive back: The Rams can get the most out of $50-million man Cortland Finnegan by playing him primarily in the slot, where Finnegan can cause havoc on blitzes and make plays in the backfield. The addition of a legitimate shutdown outside corner would allow Finnegan to play closer to the line of scrimmage and between the hashmarks. A safety to push coverage liability Darian Stewart would also be welcomed.

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14 Responses to “Team needs: St. Louis Rams”
  1. greg2geez says: Apr 12, 2012 2:14 PM

    Add to the list: Defensive Coordinator

  2. jbone2005 says: Apr 12, 2012 2:19 PM

    Laurent Robinson?? Really, Evan??

  3. chawk12thman says: Apr 12, 2012 2:26 PM

    In essence, during the draft they should plan on drafting the highest quality player at the position of biggest need………sounds like alot of teams, doesn’t it?

  4. august1969 says: Apr 12, 2012 2:29 PM

    with all those picks and fisher, it should finally turn around. 3 years though.

  5. sturmbb says: Apr 12, 2012 2:35 PM

    Hopefully Kalil falls to them, Saffold moves to RT, and Jason Smith moves to the open guard spot. Blackmon would give them the starting WR they need, but his impact will be minimal without protection for Bradford. Knowing Fisher, he will be ok tanking this season to get another high pick he can trade out of for more picks. Might not be the worst idea…

  6. whatnojets says: Apr 12, 2012 2:53 PM

    Wow, they have more issues and problems than we do.

    Sincerely,
    New York Jets

  7. sj39 says: Apr 12, 2012 3:13 PM

    sturmbb, nah they need to take Blackmon if he is there. No need to move Smith around if he is finally healthy. He is not the “epic bust” people like Silva say. The man had concussions, that’s all. An injury bust maybe but not performance wise.

  8. iced107 says: Apr 12, 2012 3:19 PM

    Laurent Robinson?? Really, Evan??
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    Yes, he was a Ram. And he played poorly since returning from his leg injury, hence the reason he was cut.

    Glad to see he did well elsewhere – but he absolutely sucked upon return and has always been considered injury prone til that point.

  9. PriorKnowledge says: Apr 12, 2012 4:38 PM

    If Blackmon drops to them at 6 and they pass, they deserve to be bad.

  10. bchapman2011 says: Apr 12, 2012 4:48 PM

    Rams team needs are about 14 new starters. Jeffy you are going to regret not coming to Miami two years from now.

  11. docboss says: Apr 12, 2012 5:08 PM

    Just about the time the Rams fill most of their needs, Jackson will be done. Send him to a contender now as they did with Bettis. If Bradford is still alive in 2014, the Rams may be competitive, and Miami will still be looking for a head coach and QB!

  12. nflinla says: Apr 12, 2012 5:10 PM

    The Rams NEED to move to LA !

  13. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 12, 2012 6:21 PM

    They need Kurt Warner to come out of retirement and play for them.

  14. laxcoach37 says: Apr 12, 2012 7:49 PM

    Dear Everyone that made fun of the Miami Dolphins for not “landing” Fisher as Head Coach,

    Coach Fisher: Good Luck with That!

    Sincerely,

    The current Miami Dolphins Coaching Staff

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