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2014 Draft An Important One For Rams


Mar 26, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher speaks during a press conference at the NFL Annual Meetings. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

After two consecutive seven win season, Rams fans are expecting the team to take the next step in 2014 and hopefully make a push for the playoffs. With the return of quarterback Sam Bradford as well as the signing of new defensive coordinator Gregg Willliams, there should be a lot of hope around Rams Park.

The Rams, however, didn’t do a whole lot in free agency other than re-sign Rodger Saffold, sign a troubled cornerback, as well as add some depth on the defensive line. The Rams are, however, the favorites in the Kenny Britt sweepstakes.

Due to the fact that the Rams didn’t do a whole lot in free agency, it makes the 2014 NFL Draft all that much more important, and puts a lot of pressure on Les Snead’s drafting skills. With 12 picks in the upcoming draft, of which four are in the top 75, a successful draft is likely, especially considering that this is considered to be one of the deepest drafts in a long time.

With the possibility if trading down, the Rams could also acquire more picks, but with every spot you trade down, the chances of drafting impact players such as Sammy Watkins, Greg Robinson, or Jake Matthews, goes down.

The Rams also have two picks in the top 15, and with players such as Watkins, Evans,  Robinson, and Jake, all possibilities in those frames of picks, the Rams will get some talented players in the first round, but the Rams don’t just need talented players, they need impact players.

And It’s not the first round that fans should be worried about however, it’s the rounds after. Other than maybe Tavon Austin, Snead and Fisher have hit the nail on the head in the first round drafting players such as Michael Brockers and Alec Ogletree as well as pulling of the Robert Griffin III trade.

The Rams have however missed on some picks after the first round such as Isaiah Pead and Brian Quick. This draft can’t consist of any Pead’s or Quick’s if the Rams want to take the next step. This draft needs to be near perfect, there really is no room for error. With another 7-9 season, the seat of Jeff Fisher and Les Snead will begin to get warm, if it isn’t already.

Yes, the Rams were a mess before the arrival of Jeff Fisher and Les Snead, and it would be safe to say that they have turned the franchise around in two short seasons. Their third season will be a big one however.

The bottom line is, fans aren’t going to settle for yet another seven win season, although it is still better than the six wins combined from ’07-’09. Rams fans are done being average, and just getting by. They are dying to go to the playoffs as the team hasn’t been in nine years, the fourth longest drought in the NFL.

 

 

 

 

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  • Gary Stewart

    i agree blaine the rams need to get better in the toughest division in football and the selections in round 2 have been questionable, but quick is not done in my estimation i had nathan kearns ask me about the rams aquiring jackson from tampa a perfect example of a player that took a few years to arrive vincent did not really show up til year 3-4 and quick had to endure the same kinds of problems. jackson didn’t show up til after he was traded i hope that doesn’t happen to the rams with quick. i like you have given up on pead unless he can produce on special teams to the level that allows the rams to keep him on the 53 man roster. snead drafted brockers and tavon and ogletree in rounsd 1 all 3 will be productive and while the jury is out on quick jenkins was a round 2 pick and is doing well round 3 includes trumaine barrett and stedman stacy and rok watkins 1 out of 2 in round 5 is not bad considering the odds and d rich in round 7 if he can overcome injury (he cannot be a feature back but a change of pace back) oh and tj macdonald in round 3 as well broken legs don’t make a guy injury prone and i think he too was a good draft choice in the later rounds, (ok day 2) so in essense i agree the rams must get it right but disagree with the idea that they haven’t gotten it right in the last 2 drafts!! comparing the rams drafts to seattles does not stack up but there are a number of teams that couldn’t get a first round pick right if you gave them all 32 picks i still believe in fish and snead and now williams as well shotty is my only remaining question mark you can’t draft all this speed and then play conservative on offense but a couple more pieces and we should be there GO RAMS!!