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    Taking an OT will cap off an offseason of true change for the Rams offense

    Blockers are not exciting.

    They don't really have stat sheets.

    They don't make the Top 10 Plays on Sportscenter.

    But they DO help teams win. Indeed, you can't win without them.

    If the Rams take an OT in Round 1, look at how their blockers will have changed from 2008 to 2009:

    Offensive Tackle
    2008 - Orlando Pace, Alex Barron, Adam Goldberg, John Greco
    2009 - J.Smith/Monroe, Aex Barron, Adam Goldberg, John Greco
    There are two key differences here. First, the Rams will have replaced an aging and less than 100% Pace with a young Blue Chip prospect. Also, Greco has a year under his belt (though his primary role may be at OG). This should be an upgrade.

    Guard/Center
    2008 - Brett Romberg, Nick Leckey, Jacob Bell, Richie Incognito, John Greco
    2009 - Jason Brown, Jacob Bell, Richie Incognito, John Greco
    Huge upgrade with Brown added. Additionally, we can hope for a healthy Bell and a motivated Incognito. Greco also can be in the mix, and maybe even Scheuning will compete. There's a lot of talent here, if it can be brought together.

    Fullback/Tight End
    2008 - Dan Kreider, Anthony Becht
    2009 - Mike Karney, Billy Bajema
    This is a bigger change than some may realize. The Rams now have two young blocking specialists who can really make a difference in goalline and short yardage short yardage situations. Steven Jackson will be buying these guys dinner on a regular basis.

    When you look at it this way, you can see the plan the Rams have been working on. To complete the plan, a young OT must be added to the mix.

    And if you crave highlights, Steven Jackson will give you plenty if the line is solidified.


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    Re: Taking an OT will cap off an offseason of true change for the Rams offense

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    the Rams now have two young blocking specialists who can really make a difference in goalline and short yardage short yardage situations. Steven Jackson will be buying these guys dinner on a regular basis.
    lol. Thats true.

    I agree though. Miami drafted Jake Long and it had a huge impact. The only question is: can Monroe/Smith make such an impact?

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    Re: Taking an OT will cap off an offseason of true change for the Rams offense

    sure.

    and something else not a lot of us have talked about, is how last year's draft (arguably) came down to the two Long kids. Since Miami took Jake the OT, it made sense for the Rams to go with Chris at DE.

    So last year, fate/karma/circumstance put the Rams in a spot to grab a steller defensive lineman prospect. This year, if Detroit goes qb, they're in a position to grab their highest ranked offensive lineman prospect.

    i'm for it. don't need flashy names... flashy teeth bling... or flashy contracts. just win baby win

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    Re: Taking an OT will cap off an offseason of true change for the Rams offense

    AV, I agree with you 100%. I just wonder if there haven't been enough changes already, without taking the first round OT, that the OL won't already be good enough to allow SJ and MB to make highlights.

    I am not saying to NOT take an OT, as we need more bodies there, whether they are immediate starters, developmental players, or subs. I think you take a RT in the 2nd round. That and with the changes you already mentioned above to our OL and FB makes our offense already much improved "on paper".

    If that is the case then why NOT make the same big splash to the defense by adding what many analysts are saying is the best player in the 2009 draft?
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    Re: Taking an OT will cap off an offseason of true change for the Rams offense

    I don't think any other position in top 5 has made a greater impact on a team recently. Weather it is Smith or Monroe at this point I don't care as long as we get one. I think you build around your best player and that is clearly Steven Jackson. Look what this guy has done with a bad line just imagine what he can do with a good line.

    LT- Smith/Monroe
    LG- Bell
    C- Brown
    RG- Grecco/Cogs
    RT-Barron

    With the exception of Barron (unless he gets resigned) we could lock in a good young line for quite some time. Cant pass that up

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    Re: Taking an OT will cap off an offseason of true change for the Rams offense

    I actually do recall a blocker making the sportscenter top 10 last year. He had 2 very impressive blocks in 1 play where he threw the defenders out of the way where they both traveled around 3 yards in the air before landing on their backs.

    A lot depends on players like Barron and Incognito reaching their potential but the addition of Brown and Smith/Monroe automatically makes the line much better than it was the last couple of seasons.

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    Re: Taking an OT will cap off an offseason of true change for the Rams offense

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Guard/Center
    2009 - Jason Brown, Jacob Bell, Richie Incognito, John Greco
    You also left out Setterstrom who looked good prior to injury. If he is fully recovered he still has a lot of upside.

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    Re: Taking an OT will cap off an offseason of true change for the Rams offense

    Like the rest of you, I agree with all that's been said. Yes, we'd like the marquis skill position player because we're always conscious of these guys and the statistical end of sports. But you do not win without a good offensive line protecting your QB and opening holes for your RB. We Rams fans know this all too well !! Gotta' go get Smith or Monroe to anchor the line for the next 10 years.

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    Re: Taking an OT will cap off an offseason of true change for the Rams offense

    Something I've been saying, We're NOT going anywhere, if that Line doesn't have an "anchor". Let's rebuild it now and go from there. I still feel we can get a steal, in a MLB, in the later rounds.

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    Re: Taking an OT will cap off an offseason of true change for the Rams offense

    The "anchor" of an offensive line is it's center, which we got in FA. With a great center all other OL positions play goes up.
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    Re: Taking an OT will cap off an offseason of true change for the Rams offense

    2009 - Jason Brown, Jacob Bell, Richie Incognito, John Greco -- AV
    Quote Originally Posted by RamsSB99 View Post
    You also left out Setterstrom who looked good prior to injury. If he is fully recovered he still has a lot of upside.

    So true! I wish Setterstrom a fine season, a catch up / make-up type of year. May become a starter.

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    Re: Taking an OT will cap off an offseason of true change for the Rams offense

    Quote Originally Posted by 39thebeast View Post
    LT- Smith/Monroe
    LG- Bell
    C- Brown
    RG- Grecco/Cogs
    RT-Barron
    I think Smith will play RT, and Barron plays left tackle

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    Re: Taking an OT will cap off an offseason of true change for the Rams offense

    Originally Posted by 39thebeast
    LT- Smith/Monroe
    LG- Bell
    C- Brown
    RG- Grecco/Cogs
    RT-Barron
    Originally Posted by MIZZOU45 I think Smith will play RT, and Barron plays left tackle


    This is what I'm kind of hoping:

    LT - Monroe
    LG - Bell
    C - Brown
    RG - Cog
    RT - Barron

    Welcome to the Clan, MIZZOU!

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    Re: Taking an OT will cap off an offseason of true change for the Rams offense

    If the Rams are drafting for the future, the best thing they could do at #2 is draft the best player available, and that's Aaron Curry.

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    Smile Re: Taking an OT will cap off an offseason of true change for the Rams offense

    Quote Originally Posted by RealRam View Post

    This is what I'm kind of hoping:

    LT - Monroe
    LG - Bell
    C - Brown
    RG - Cog
    RT - Barron

    Welcome to the Clan, MIZZOU!
    ii personally think smith is the better pick

    1. to have the best oline u want to have your players playing their position, so i believe that barron should move back to LT, that is his natural position and some people just cant make that transition, it isnt as easy as it looks (i played some tackle in my day).

    2. That would mean that smith would have to play RT which for a guy that is as athletic as he is i do not think it should be a problem. Since he has played some RT at baylor and overall he hasnt played a whole lot of T, so i think he has the potential to easily develop as a solid RT

    brown is certain to be our center

    then bell has the LG

    and incgonito has RG (despite how much people dislike him, he is a monster)

    i may be new to this board,, but i aint new to rams football

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