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  • Whither the Rams' Linebackers?

    Does anyone have any insight into what the Rams are planning to do about their linebacker situation? They barely have enough linebackers on the current roster to field a starting lineup, not to mention that except for JL they are not starter material, or even very good backups. Are they planning on looking at any FAs later on? Or draft a couple of OLBs in the 3-5 round range? It doesn't seem like there will be any value at the top of round 2, because I believe Weatherspoon and Graham will be long gone, and Sergio Kindle seems more of a 3-4 guy...I dunno, does anybody have any thoughts into what the gameplan might be? (besides wait till next year?)

  • #2
    Re: Whither the Rams' Linebackers?

    the best weakside prospect in the draft in Daryl Washighton is likely to be available at least in the 2nd round if not the 3rd..then theres quite a few that should be available in the 3-5 round range...a lot of the highly hyped OLB`s are in some part (but not all) that highly touted because they best fit OLB in a 3-4 D...therefore some of the best OLB`s that fit our 4-3 are likely to be passed on and may fall further down the draft than their talent deserves...their loss could very well be our gain.

    with the seemingly lack of interest in veteran OLB`s..(tho they have reportedly been in talks with Diggs for some time now) i think they want J-Lau to be the leader of our D ,as should be the case with him being MLB... and dont want to surround him with vets that may not respond well to being ordered around by someone so young...J-Lau is mature beyond his years but nevertheless some vets may not respond too well to being called out etc..by him.

    that may not be the case...but sometimes its good to think outside the box..

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    • #3
      Re: Whither the Rams' Linebackers?

      I don't think we'll be using any picks higher than maybe the fourth round on linebackers. We can barely fill the roster at lots of positions: DT, DE, TE, QB, OL...

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      • #4
        Re: Whither the Rams' Linebackers?

        Originally posted by doubleaa View Post
        Does anyone have any insight into what the Rams are planning to do about their linebacker situation? They barely have enough linebackers on the current roster to field a starting lineup, not to mention that except for JL they are not starter material, or even very good backups. Are they planning on looking at any FAs later on? Or draft a couple of OLBs in the 3-5 round range? It doesn't seem like there will be any value at the top of round 2, because I believe Weatherspoon and Graham will be long gone, and Sergio Kindle seems more of a 3-4 guy...I dunno, does anybody have any thoughts into what the gameplan might be? (besides wait till next year?)
        I think Vobora has earned a chance to start on the strongside. After that, the WLB position is pretty fair game. I think we'll pursue Na'il Diggs hard after the draft if we don't select anybody. Personally, I can understand if we choose to wait on a WLB until next year and I'd be okay (although not thrilled) with a combination of Diggs, Lauriniatis and Vobora as our starting unit. You have a veteran, the most promising defensive player we've had in years, and a solid young player beginning to realise his potential. Personally, I'm fine with that.

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        • #5
          Re: Whither the Rams' Linebackers?

          With 10 picks i think its safe to assume we'll be throwing a linebacker in there somewhere.

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          • #6
            Re: Whither the Rams' Linebackers?

            I'd like to see AJ Edds taken somewhere in the 3rd or 4th, he'd fit nicely I think. Hopefully we will take a flyer on a guy in the later portion of the draft as well we really are lacking in depth and the Diggs pick-up seems like a desperation move a`la Paris Lennon.

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            • #7
              Re: Whither the Rams' Linebackers?

              Originally posted by Bralidore(RAMMODE) View Post
              With 10 picks i think its safe to assume we'll be throwing a linebacker in there somewhere.
              I agree.
              Id like to see Diggs at strong, JL at mid, and maybe a slimmer Vabora who in college had better then average coverage skills (for what its worth) and ran a 4.5 in the 40, this would be his 2nd year and I liked what I saw last year considering he was the last person drafted, I hope he continues to improve.

              Im pulling for him, but he would have to beat out all comers for the spot.

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              • #8
                Re: Whither the Rams' Linebackers?

                I think we need more help on the strong side, so I'm looking at Sean Lee, AJ Edds, Perry Riley, Rennie Curran, Kavell Conner and a few other guys. Lee will probably cost us the 3.01, but the others should be around between 4-6.
                Last edited by ; -04-10-2010, 09:28 PM.

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