Alright, where do you weigh in?
SIDE A: Yes, Okoye is most certainly still an option for the Rams at 13th overall. When your defensive line is as disappointing as ours was in 2006, you don't have the luxury of nitpicking what kind of player you get to add. When you see talent, you have to grab it! Looking back at this season, the only starter on the defensive line whose job should be secure is Leonard Little. Furthermore, let's examine the Rams' personnel at the under tackle position. La'Roi Glover was sporadic in terms of pressuring the quarterback. He's aging and is only signed for two more seasons. Claude Wroten rarely saw the field, and when he did, some of that field time was at defensive end. Word has it his work ethic is questionable, and he hasn't shown enough to be considered the future at this point. Drafting Okoye gives us an impressive young talent to groom as a future stand out on our defensive line, even if it's not at the position we originally thought it would be.
SIDE B: Of course we don't consider Amobi Okoye at 13! One of the biggest problems for this defense in 2006 was the defensive lines' inability to stop the run by clogging running lanes as well as their inability to occupy blockers and keep them off of a smaller linebacker group. The Rams are in desperate need of a big bodied nose tackle who is going to take on the double team and allow Will Witherspoon to roam in the middle and make plays. Drafting a tackle who currently weighs in at 287 doesn't bring us anywhere closer to accomplishing that. Furthermore, even though he was the target of occasional criticism, La'Roi Glover finished the year with five and a half sacks. Behind him is a young talented under tackle in Claude Wroten who fell in last year's draft only because of character concerns. And there's talk of possibly moving Jimmy Kennedy back to the 3-technique since he hasn't worked out on the nose. That's three UTs on the Rams' roster for 2007. Where does Okoye fit in? Thanks but no thanks!