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    St. Louis Rams under most pressure in 2014 NFL Draft

    By Bryan Fischer

    If you think you have a lot of pressure in your job, let's just say there are plenty of NFL head coaches who would gladly bet you that you're wrong. From the fans to the media to the owner, it's not exactly a walk in the park to guide an NFL franchise successfully in this day and age.

    Heading into the 2014 NFL Draft you would think that there are a ton of new head coaches around the league that are already facing heat to get things right with such a deep draft class. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah agrees that the pressure is already on for many of those guys, but it's a current coach who will really be under the microscope to get things right at Radio City Music Hall in May.

    "I think he has more pressure on him than anybody else in this draft," Jeremiah said on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft". "How about the St. Louis Rams and Jeff Fisher? They get more draft picks from (the Robert Griffin III trade) and this is the last year. They have two (first-round) picks, No. 2 and No. 13. Eventually, with all these picks and this talented roster, this team needs to start winning football games and getting to the playoffs."

    Part of the reason why the Rams ended up 7-9 last year was because of the loss of starting quarterback Sam Bradford to an ACL tear. There's talent on the roster to work with, however, and it's clear St. Louis fans are looking for a much improved squad no matter what shape their quarterback comes back in.

    The team passed on signing any top tier free agents in the offseason, but did fill a few holes here and there. It's clear Fisher and general manager Les Snead are looking at the draft as the chief way they can close the gap on division rivals like the Seahawks and *****.

    "They are in a very tough division, it's a big challenge for them," said Jeremiah. "They need a home run in this draft."

    St. Louis holds 12 picks in the draft (tied for most of any team in the league) and could end up flipping the No. 2 overall selection into even more if the team finds the right trading partner. They're in search of impact players with their first-round picks though and it still remains to be seen what direction they end up going.

    If the Houston Texans opt to select a quarterback with the first overall pick, the Rams could have the draft's best player fall into their lap in Jadeveon Clowney. He's not necessarily at a position of need with Robert Quinn and Chris Long on the roster, but Fisher seemed to take no issues with him being the pick by saying recently that you can't have too many pass rushers.

    Indeed, it never hurts to have a guy as talented as Clowney chasing after Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick.

    Offensive tackle, safety, cornerback and wide receiver are a few other positions Jeremiah sees the team needing to address through the draft. Adding Greg Robinson out of Auburn and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from Alabama would be two nice young pieces for the Rams if that's how things play out in May.

    Or, the team could follow analyst Charles Davis' recent mock draft and go with Sammy Watkins and Clinton-Dix in the first round.

    Either way, no matter who St. Louis drafts this year, it could be a make-or-break situation for Fisher.

    Way to go out on a limb there Bryan ..


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    Re: St. Louis Rams under most pressure in 2014 NFL Draft

    LOL, nice commentary.

    I tend to think Fisher's job is safe. If we go backward this year, he may be under a lot of pressure next year. But there's so many young players on this team, we are likely to be the youngest team for the 3rd straight year, and I just don't see the owner making a major change until these guys have had a few chances to mature.

    As for being under pressure to draft well, that's at least as much on Snead.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams under most pressure in 2014 NFL Draft

    I'm selling this article! We will have a good team in 2014. How good remains to be seen. Fisher & Snead know what they're doing and this will be year 4 of the 5 year plan. Just RELAX!
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    Re: St. Louis Rams under most pressure in 2014 NFL Draft

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    I'm selling this article! We will have a good team in 2014. How good remains to be seen. Fisher & Snead know what they're doing and this will be year 4 of the 5 year plan. Just RELAX!
    Concur completely.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams under most pressure in 2014 NFL Draft

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    I'm selling this article! We will have a good team in 2014. How good remains to be seen. Fisher & Snead know what they're doing and this will be year 4 of the 5 year plan. Just RELAX!
    Took the words out of my mouth. I like the Year 4 out of 5 analysis. We will be fine guys, lets go Rams!!


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    Re: St. Louis Rams under most pressure in 2014 NFL Draft

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    I'm selling this article! We will have a good team in 2014. How good remains to be seen. Fisher & Snead know what they're doing and this will be year 4 of the 5 year plan. Just RELAX!
    Perfectly stated, laramO, although you might want to check your math as I believe this will be year 3 of the 5 year plan. Regardless, I forsee us having a breakout year as there won't be much hoopla about us leading up to the season. We're still considered by most as the 4th best team in our division, which means we can hopefully catch some teams by surprise. We've got a tough schedule so there won't be many prognosticators picking us to win the division or even make the playoffs.

    As long as our younger players demonstrate progress Jeff and Less will be fine. If there's regression there may be some blowback because they're not playing with as much house money as they had in the first 2 years. Expectations will be higher.

    Go Rams!

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    Re: St. Louis Rams under most pressure in 2014 NFL Draft

    I think the pressure is definitely on. With Snead's well known penchant for moving around it HAS to be pay off. If any draft is a good one to have multiple high picks it is this one. Too much dealing, however can lose out on the elite player or even two that will make this team feared and respected. I am getting so anxious to see how our new team will look.

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