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    Rebuilding the Rams' D: Easier Said Than Done

    The Rams' defense is clearly in need of an overhaul. This won't be an easy task, given the number of positions to fill and the constraints of the salary cap. Here is a projection of a possible Rams D for 2006.

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    Defensive End
    DE: Leonard Little*
    DE: Darren Howard*
    DE: Anthony Hargrove
    DE: Darryl Tapp (Rd3)

    Little will need to be a cornerstone of the defense. Howard would be a very good acquisition given his well rounded skills. Hargrove could be a very good backup/situational pass rusher. Tapp is a good prospect.

    Defensive Tackle
    DT: Ryan Pickett*
    DT: Jimmy Kennedy*
    DT: Johnny Jolly (Rd4)
    DT: Toyoka Jackson

    Resigning Pickett remains one of my offseason keys. Kennedy still worth keeping. Jolly could be a nice addition to the rotation. Jackson a good leader.

    Outside Linebacker
    OLB: Pisa Tinoisamoa*
    OLB: Akin Ayodele*
    OLB: Dexter Coakley
    OLB: Sedrick Hodge

    While the strategy of signing "second tier" FAs didn't work last year, it might be the way to go again. Ayodele and Hodge could add toughness and athleticism to the defense. Tinoisamoa needs to be a playmaker. Coakley will return if healthy.

    Middle/Inside Linebacker
    MLB: Kai Parham (Rd2)
    MLB: Brandon Chillar
    MLB: Kevin Faulk

    Parham could step in as a starter and, hopefully, be this year's Lofa Tatupu. Depth won't be great at the position, though Chillar has demonstrated some potential. Faulk is a Special Teams Guru.

    Cornerback
    CB: Jeremetrius Butler*
    CB: Ronald Bartell*
    CB: Travis Fisher
    CB: Corey Ivy

    It will be hard for the Rams to find value at CB in FA or the draft, so they will likely have to go with the existing group. If Butler comes back healthy and Bartell progresses, they should be decent. Fisher and Ivy should be fine as nickel and dime backs.

    Strong Safety
    SS: Michael Huff (Rd1)*
    SS: Jerome Carter

    Despite favorable comments by Jim Haslett, my gut tells me that Adam Archuleta will get a sweetheart deal elsewhere. Huff will be an upgrade, and will be better in coverage. Carter a decent backup.

    Free Safety
    FS: O.J. Atogwe*
    FS: Mike Furrey

    Again, cap constraints and limited draft choices will require that the Rams go with what they have at certain positions. Atogwe needs to step up.

    In all, this would be an improved defense. Not perfect, but improved. With the right system, and a potent offense, I think this defense could be good enough to get the Rams back into the playoffs.



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    Re: Rebuilding the Rams' D: Easier Said Than Done

    I love the Howard selection, just hope that we go after this guy...I hope Brandon Green is till around, loved his motor

    I think that the Rams will take a wait and see approach to Pickett and see what his value is on the open market...

    agree with the Huff selection, to me Arch is gone... some team like AV said will pay this guy big bucks...

    On the MLB I just have a feeling that we will go after Derek Smith..

    Love to see Ivy signed, always around the ball


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    Re: Rebuilding the Rams' D: Easier Said Than Done

    Arch will be there.Hasslet has already stated that he wants to keep him.

    Its getting close to FA time,and I think we might fair well.Howard would be a good addition,He could beat out Hargrove in camp, early.
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    Re: Rebuilding the Rams' D: Easier Said Than Done

    Like I said, Haslett may want Arch, but I think somebody will bid more than he is worth.
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    Re: Rebuilding the Rams' D: Easier Said Than Done

    I like it alot the only thing i would like to change is Hodge in the second round instead of Parham otherwise it looks good

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    Re: Rebuilding the Rams' D: Easier Said Than Done

    It looks good, although im not sure about spending the third rounder on a backup DE when there would still be a number of decent pass catching TEs available.

    And im not too sure about having two relative rookies at safety, or signing Hodge to be a backup. I do like the idea of picking up Ayodele

    My preferred defense:
    DE:
    Leonard Little
    Darren Howard (FA)
    Anthony Hargrove

    DT
    Ryan Pickett
    Ma'ake Kemoeatu
    Jimmy Kennedy

    OLB
    Pisa Tinoisamoa
    Akin Ayodele
    Dexter Coakley
    Brandon Chillar

    MLB
    Abdul Hodge (Rnd 2)
    Trev Faulk

    CB
    Jeremetrius Butler
    Travis Fisher
    Dejuan Groce
    Ron Bartell

    SS
    Adam Archuleta
    Jeroma Carter

    FS
    Micheal Huff (Rnd 1)
    OJ Atogwe

    Front 7 in the 4-3

    DE: Howard
    DT: Pickett
    DT: Kemoeatu
    DE: Little
    OLB: Tinoisamoa
    MLB: Hodge
    OLB: Ayodele

    in the 3-4

    DE: Howard
    NT: Kemoeatu
    DE: Pickett
    OLB: Tinoisamoa
    ILB: Hodge
    ILB: Ayodele
    OLB: Little

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    Re: Rebuilding the Rams' D: Easier Said Than Done

    If Huff is not on the board at 11, what then?

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    Re: Rebuilding the Rams' D: Easier Said Than Done

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos
    If Huff is not on the board at 11, what then?
    I'd say that the Rams would need to either go with Jimmy Williams, or take a LB (Chad Greenway if available) and then a DB in Round 2.

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    Re: Rebuilding the Rams' D: Easier Said Than Done

    I would take Greenway 1st Abdul Hodge in the 2nd and try and get Cato June or a Julian Peterson in FA. Lets go 3-4 and our DB will be fine. We need to sign Pickett!

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    Re: Rebuilding the Rams' D: Easier Said Than Done

    June's a guy I'd like to have too, but he's an RFA. That said, with the Colts giving big $ to Reggie Wayne, perhaps he could be had.

    Peterson I'd pass on. He's had a lot of injury problems of late, and, more importantly, he's a Poston client.

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    Re: Rebuilding the Rams' D: Easier Said Than Done

    Also, Pisa is a pretty small linebacker, as is June. We can't have them both in the 3-4

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    Re: Rebuilding the Rams' D: Easier Said Than Done

    While I'm all for drafting the best available LB in the first round, there is no guarantee that he will make an immediate impact.

    Here's my shopping list of FA LB's that I think will have an impact.

    MLB
    Derek Smith
    Matt Wilhelm

    OLB
    Will Witherspoon
    Cato June
    Akin Ayodele
    Keith Newman

    Tommy Polley?
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    Re: Rebuilding the Rams' D: Easier Said Than Done

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMMAN68
    Tommy Polley?
    You mean "Powder Puff"?


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    Re: Rebuilding the Rams' D: Easier Said Than Done

    well stated I have to agree ya "AR" Maybe with the new system in place we might see some improvement in some our existing players , We shall see...

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    Re: Rebuilding the Rams' D: Easier Said Than Done

    Well, I'm officially off the Kai Parham bandwagon (at least as a second round selection). He was unable to break 5 seconds on the 40 today at the combine.

    I'm subbing Abdul Hodge for him.

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