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    Rams Defensive Draft Strategy

    We all known that our defense wasn't the best last year. So what positions should they look at to upgrade in this years draft, Besides the obvious of the DLine.
    Is Safety more of a need than LB?
    Do the Rams think they must get a Corner every year?
    Who are some good prospects in the 3rd or later rounds..


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    Re: Rams Defensive Draft Strategy

    IMHO the Rams need another starting Safety.

    The Rams will need some depth at LB but I believe they have 3 starting caliber LB's.

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    Re: Rams Defensive Draft Strategy

    I think the Rams can skip on a CB this year, at least on day one. We have a good core of young players who need a shot to shine.

    There just doesn't seem to be enough depth at Safety this year to warrant drafting someone to replace a current starter(Chavous). I can't see us ignoring other positions of need to go for a safety this year.

    I personally hope we pick up a young LB in the second round, although unlikely. Someone to replace Chillar. I think the WRs and OLs will be there for us in round three.

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    Re: Rams Defensive Draft Strategy

    I'm a fan of giving Quinton Culberson a shot in place of Chillar.

    I think taking two defensive ends in day one...honestly...isn't a bad idea. We already have a young interior rotation in shape...imagine rotating in Chris Long and Lawrence Jackson in with Little and Hall on the outside. That'd be awesome.

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    Re: Rams Defensive Draft Strategy

    I'd say defensive end is the top need, followed by safety/corner. Other than that, all we really need is a backup defensive tackle and a backup linebacker. The reason I say safety/corner is because Bartell is a primary backup at both spots. If we have a run of injuries, he can't fill in both places. Long-term we will need a future starter at strong safety, but it does not have to be done this year, since it seems to be a bad year for the position. Fakhir Brown's long term future with the team is in doubt, which means that we may need to look for a replacement soon, but again the need at cornerback is not urgent. Between the solid but older Draft and the young Culberson, we should have Chillar's old spot covered. But I would not be opposed to taking two defensive ends in this draft, either. Adeyanju offers next to nothing in terms of pass rush; I don't think he or any of the guys behind him on the depth chart are even assured of roster spots next season.
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    Re: Rams Defensive Draft Strategy

    in my openion the Rams have four more than capable LB's

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    Re: Rams Defensive Draft Strategy

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf View Post
    I think taking two defensive ends in day one...honestly...isn't a bad idea. We already have a young interior rotation in shape...imagine rotating in Chris Long and Lawrence Jackson in with Little and Hall on the outside. That'd be awesome.
    I'm totally with you on this, depending on how the draft unwinds. If we pick up Chris Long in the 1st, I'd be all for taking a pure pass-rusher type like Quentin Groves if he was there. I'm a strong believer that quality OL and OL depth can be gotten in the middle rounds, if given adequate time to develop.

    A draft like this would be huge IMO.

    1. Chris Long
    2. Quentin Groves
    3. WR (Donnie Avery, Eddie Royal, Early Doucet, etc.)
    4. OT
    5. C/OG/OT
    etc.

    This assuming of course Pace can stay healthy throughout the year.

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