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    Looking for BPAs in a Need-Filling Draft

    I think the Rams did a fairly good job last year of improving their talent level accross the board. While there remain some clear holes to fill (go-to WR, OG, OT, SLB, FS), the team has solid, capable NFL starters at most positions on the field.

    What the team needs now, in my opinion, is difference makers.

    In tems of draft strategy, this translates to a BPA strategy, as opposed to a need-filling strategy.

    Unfortunately, at this point, while the draft pool appears reasonably deep, I'm not sure that there are many "elite prospects."

    At WR, I don't see a Calvin Johnson or an A.J. Green.

    At OT, there may be only one true elite prospect (Luke Joekel).

    OG has a couple (Warmack, Jones), but OGs are rarely top 10 picks.

    The top OLB talent (Te'o, Jones) come from 3-4 systems.

    At S, I see only one elite prospect (Reid) and he has his doubters.

    There are some players who could elevate. For example, right now, Terrence Williams (my top rated WR) is viewed by most as a late first/early second round prospect. However, if he has a strong Senior Bowl week and then runs below 4.45 at the Combine, he could rise (much like Julio Jones did a couple of years ago).

    If, however, this continues to look like a "need-filling" rather than a BPA draft, the Rams might consider trading down one of their first round picks, thereby focusing on depth, rather than trying to hit the home run (of course, second round picks can be home runs too, if you pick the right guy).

    This bears watching, as the Rams will have the ability to be one of the key players on draft day, and the current front office has demonstrated that it won't hesitate to pull the trigger.

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    Re: Looking for BPAs in a Need-Filling Draft

    Most of the trade ups in the past 2 drafts have been for "elite" prospects (RG3, Julio Jones, Claiborne). I would be soooo happy if we got Joeckel and traded down with our 2nd pick but I dont think teams will be willing to give up a 2nd rounder to move up in this draft.

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    We will have both our 1st round picks between 8-15 area of the first round. I would say it would be stupid not to look at one of the premier OG in this area. We must solidify our interior line. I know fisher has a track record of finding diamonds in the rough for o-line but I think It would be foolish not to invest a high pick on a great lineman.

    Look at the last 5 years and all the interior lineman in the first round. ( I might leave some names off I am doing this off too of my head)

    -David decastro
    - both pouncey bros
    -Brandon Albert
    -Duane brown
    -Eric wood
    -James carpenter

    Not many but when a blue chip interior lineman is available you take him.
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