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  • A quality backup RB would really help.... Bradford

    I think that one of the reasons the Rams really need to look at the RB position early (Round 2 or 3) is that bolstering the running game will make the transition of a new QB much easier.

    There is only one RB (C.J. Spiller) who is a lock for the first round, and another (Ryan Matthews) is very likely to be gone in the first 32 picks. After that, there is a good list of candidates for the job, including Jahvid Best, Jonathan Dwyer, Montario Hardesty, Joe McKnight, Toby Gerhart and Ben Tate. Dexter McCluster is also an option, but he would likely not be able to carry the load of the other backs listed, given his diminutive size.

    Taking a RB early would also be consistent with the model for success that the Giants used when Spagnuolo was the DC, and that Atlanta used when Devaney was in their front office. I think both believe in a "run sets up the pass" philosophy. If that method works, it would certainly be easier to keep Bradford (or some other young QB) upright for 20-25 passing plays per game, rather than 30-35.

    I'd be surprised if a RB is not among the Rams Friday picks.

  • #2
    Re: A quality backup RB would really help.... Bradford

    I think a TE would be more beneficial to Bradford, and I don't think we'll ignore the defensive side of the ball for the first 3 rounds.

    Pending a trade, I don't think the Rams will pick up a RB before the fourth.

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    • #3
      Re: A quality backup RB would really help.... Bradford

      BEST/GRESHAM/GRIFFEN or TRADE DOWN hopefully!

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      • #4
        Re: A quality backup RB would really help.... Bradford

        I could not agree with you more. Look at rookie QB's who have been successful the past few years. Flacco, Ryan, Sanchez, all of them had great running games, Flacco and Sanchex both utilizing more than one RB to do so. If Gresham is off the board at 33 I would have a hard time saying no to Jahvid Best.

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        • #5
          Re: A quality backup RB would really help.... Bradford

          This is exactly why I'm ok with getting Bradford. If he winds up starting Week 1, he'll get the experience of how fast the game is but with a strong run game, we won't have to necessarily rely on him so early to win games for us. I really liked how the Falcons developed Matt Ryan and I wouldn't be surprised if we had the same formula for Bradford. Adding another talented RB will only solidify our run game more instilling confidence in a young QB and a young team in general. Hopefully our offensive line won't suffer from injuries and will be able to gel nicely...
          Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams

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          • #6
            Re: A quality backup RB would really help.... Bradford

            My favorite mock draft site has had Best falling to us in the third as of late, given the concussion concerns, while this seems a bit of a stretch, it seems possible and it would be a steal.

            Out of the 'others' you mentioned I think I almost might like Hardesty the best, even more than Best, and he also would also be a steal in round 3.

            Either way, ideally, if we can draft one of these guys in Round 3, I think that's where the best value can be had.

            As for the TE argument, I believe its a really deep class this year, and a Round 4 guy (TONY MOEAKI!!!!) would be just fine with me.

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            • #7
              Re: A quality backup RB would really help.... Bradford

              I think a TE would help more.

              Avoid the 3 and outs.


              I rather go

              round 1 -- s.bradford

              round 2. -- b.marshall via trade

              round 3 -- TE

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              • #8
                Re: A quality backup RB would really help.... Bradford

                Originally posted by richtree View Post
                I think a TE would help more.

                Avoid the 3 and outs.


                I rather go

                round 1 -- s.bradford

                round 2. -- b.marshall via trade

                round 3 -- TE
                Hey Richtree

                That would be a great draft if TE J. Graham in the third. The only problem is will a B. Marshall want to play for a team like the Rams (WCO) even if he was the highest paid WR in the NFL.

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                • #9
                  Re: A quality backup RB would really help.... Bradford

                  Originally posted by Shan the Ram Man View Post
                  Hey Richtree

                  That would be a great draft if TE J. Graham in the third. The only problem is will a B. Marshall want to play for a team like the Rams (WCO) even if he was the highest paid WR in the NFL.

                  Why not ? ?

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                  • #10
                    Re: A quality backup RB would really help.... Bradford

                    Because we suck.


                    I think Blount would be an awesome pick in the third.
                    The guy is a badass, And you cant really criticise him for "The Punch" when just this season our runningback got in a fight.
                    Last edited by lostsoul; -04-07-2010, 03:02 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Re: A quality backup RB would really help.... Bradford

                      Originally posted by lostsoul View Post
                      Because we suck.
                      Speak for yourself.

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                      • #12
                        Re: A quality backup RB would really help.... Bradford

                        Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
                        Speak for yourself.
                        How does 3-13, 2-14, and 1-15 not suck? I think it's fair to say we've sucked recently.

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                        • #13
                          Re: A quality backup RB would really help.... Bradford

                          Originally posted by harrydog View Post
                          How does 3-13, 2-14, and 1-15 not suck? I think it's fair to say we've sucked recently.
                          Let's break this down:

                          "We" - none of us are on the Rams, so the first person plural pronoun is not appropriate.

                          "suck" - this is the present tense version of the verb. While the Rams had bad records in recent years, at present, their roster is being reworked for the 2010 season. It remains to be seen whether the Rams will "suck" in 2010.

                          Grammer lesson aside, I really see no value in the use of the word "suck" in any discussion on these boards.

                          With that... how about we get back on topic?

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                          • #14
                            Re: A quality backup RB would really help.... Bradford

                            I say fans are the biggest part of any organization, Therefore Any fan should be able to say "we" when reffering to their favorite team.

                            And "we" havent changed that much to say "we" don't suck.


                            Dexter Mccluster would be fine with me if we picked him up in the 4th, So would Mcknight.
                            I really do hope we draft Blount though. Imagine having Jackson coming at you for a few straight plays and then another monster who would rather bulldoze you then try and juke around you.
                            Last edited by lostsoul; -04-07-2010, 04:00 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Re: A quality backup RB would really help.... Bradford

                              Yeah I feel the same way about Blount. Yeah he got angry and a little out of control and punched someone. Steven Jackson also got in a big scuffle last year with Bernard Pollard.

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