It’s almost that time of year, when owners, coaches, general managers, and the rest of the front office lock themselves in a room and heavily debate which players to draft to improve the team. This room is called the “War Room” for a reason. Everyone in this room is heavily opinionated and has become attached to a prospect that they don’t believe the team can do without.
In this segment, we will put ourselves in the war room and go over the picks we believe teams need to make when they’re on the clock. We’ll cover all 32 teams, but today’s segment is dedicated to the: St. Louis Rams.
The Rams found their quarterback in Sam Bradford, but there is plenty left to do as the front office looks to fill out the roster and depth chart. The focus should now turn to finding weapons for Bradford to work with. Steven Jackson is among the most productive backs in the league, but he carries the load every week and every season, so finding a little help to ease the burden on him could be an issue the Rams look to address at some point in this year’s draft. Depth along the offensive line may get some attention, too.
Most of the Rams’ needs this offseason are on the defensive side of the ball. An upgrade at defensive tackle could be a focus, while the Rams could also look to add depth to the defensive end position with James Hall in his mid-thirties. Help in the secondary—particularly at the safety spots—will also need to be addressed at some point in this draft. Outside linebacker may also be an option in the mid-rounds.
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St. Louis Rams Mock Draft
Round 1 (#14): Julio Jones, WR, Alabama Crimson Tide: If Jones is available when the Rams pick 14th, this should be a no-brainer. The Rams need a receiver to help in the passing game and Jones is a top-ten talent that could fall all the way to the Rams in the middle of the round.
Round 2 (#47): Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina Tar Heels: The Rams need help up front and Austin is a dynamic force on the inside. He is capable of disrupting the passer and is tough against the run. He sat out the 2010 season because of the scandal that rocked UNC, but he’d otherwise likely be a first round selection.
Round 3 (#78): Quinton Carter, FS, Oklahoma Sooners: Carter came away with four interceptions in each of his last two seasons and recorded close to 100 tackles as a senior. The Rams need a replacement for O.J. Atogwe, who was released shortly before he was due an $8 roster bonus and was due a base salary of $3.5 million in 2011.
Round 4 (#112): Lawrence Wilson, OLB, Connecticut Huskies: I like Wilson and think he could go higher than this, but he’d be a good pickup for St. Louis who could look for an upgrade at the outside linebacker position.
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Round 5 (#145): Lee Ziemba, G, Auburn Tigers: The Rams need to make sure that Bradford is protected. They could use the later rounds to bolster the offensive line.
Round 7 (#217): Anthony Allen, RB, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: Allen worked with the Rams at his pro day and could be gone by the time the seventh round rolls around. If he’s available, the Rams could look to snatch him up to join Jackson in the backfield. I wouldn’t be surprised to see St. Louis look for a running back in an earlier round, though.
Round 7 (#226) from Baltimore Ravens: Nate Williams, SS, Washington Huskies: Williams is a player I like. He shows good leadership and was productive in his final season at Washington. He recorded 105 tackles and four sacks for the Huskies in 2010.
That’s how it played out in our Mock of the St. Louis Rams “War Room”