This cannot be another rebuilding year for the St. Louis Rams. This is year three under coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead. They have had three years to draft and develop players and to act in free agency. Three years is often even considered to long for a franchise to see success and winning seasons in a cutthroat league that demands success on the field.
With a solid year last year that saw them a game away from the playoffs, the Rams need a quality draft if they are going to make a deep run in playoffs next season. The Rams have plenty of ammunition in the draft, possessing the 2nd and 13th pick in the draft. They will need to address a few needs as the draft approaches on May 8th.
Round 1, Pick 2
The Rams should draft offensive tackle Greg Robinson with their first pick in the draft. Robinson is a physical freak who dominated in the run game in the toughest conference in college football.
Although his pass blocking needs improvement, his balance and athleticism make that possible. Coach Jeff Fisher has had a history of turning inexperienced lineman into franchise players. Drafting Robinson here will shore up an offensive line that will give quarterback Sam Bradford and running back Zac Stacy the time and space to make plays.
The Rams have a glaring need at safety. They need to find a cornerstone and franchise player that will not only help them in the passing game but also get up near the line of scrimmage and defend the run. With teams in the NFC West featuring potent running games like Seattle and San Francisco, a run-stopping safety is critical.
The Rams should go with Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Clinton-Dix has ideal size for a free safety standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 200 pounds. He is a bruising hitter who has been compared to pro bowl safety Earl Thomas. He lacks elite speed and coverage skills, but that can be taught with coaching and experience. He possesses natural ball skills and an explosive style of play that will give the Rams reliability at a much-needed spot.
Round 2, Pick 12
The Rams need to add depth to their running back spot. Zac Stacy emerged last season as one of the best young backs in the league, but he needs help. Carlos Hyde would be an ideal pick at this spot. Although he lacks elite speed, he has great power and strength. He gets better as the game progresses, which is a testament to his strength and endurance. He showed great ability to catch the ball at his pro day and should see between 12-15 touches a game.
With James Laurinaitis and Alec Ogletree locking up two of the three linebacker spots, the Rams will want to add depth at the third linebacker spot. I think the Rams should take Devon Kennard here. He has good quickness and burst and has ideal size for an outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. He is effective in coverage with good awareness and solid use of hands.
The Rams add another piece to a dangerous defensive line with the addition of Delaware tackle Zack Kerr. He is a hard worker and has the size and ability to clog up holes in the middle.
Jaylen Watkins. He is a speedy corner who could help in spread sets another teams slot receiver. The Rams need a solid secondary to complement their dominant front 7.
Round 6, Pick 188
The Rams take a chance here and go with Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas. They need a solid backup and Thomas has a powerful arm and could develop behind Bradford for a few years and become a starter, best-case scenario. Thomas is a proven winner with ideal NFL stature and the ability to make plays outside of the pocket. .
Round 6, Pick 214
Shaquelle Evans, WR UCLA. Evans showed flashes of greatness during his career at UCLA. He has great size and balls skills but lacks the ability to separate from defenders.
Round 7, Pick 226
Brandon Thomas, OG Clemson. Thomas has good size with long arms and is stronger than he looks.
Round 7, Pick 241
SMU QB Garret Gilbert. Gilbert has ideal size and comes from a football family so he knows the game well. He was fourth in the country in passing yards last season.
Round 7, Pick 249
Florida OLB Ronald Powell. Good athlete with a large frame and great closing speed.
Round 7, Pick 250
Ladarius Perkins, RB Mississippi State. He has broad shoulders and quick feet that give him the ability to outrun defenders.