I wanted to introduce myself, and the new and improved SBNation Mocking the Draft site, featuring the scouting reports and draft information from Mocking Dan. My name is Jeremy, I go by the name styg50 here on SBnation, and I will be MTD's official correspondent with the fine communities of the NFC West teams, including the Turf.
VanRam has already graciously pledged his support of MTD's efforts to grow, and as part of that effort, I wanted to reach out to this community, with questions about your needs and rosters, the play of your stars and of your so-sos, and hopefully with answers to some of your draft related questions. Mocking Dan knows his stuff, and I will relay your concerns and questions to him in order to facilitate some of the best interwebbery knowledge sharing around. I'm hoping all of you guys will come to be a big part of these efforts, and I hope we all learn something and have some fun with this.
My opening salvo on the rams can be seen here, and I would appreciate any feedback you take the time to give on it. The best part of these posts is the give and take that occurs in the comments, so don't hold back!
To get some of the back and forth started, I'll throw some names out there for things I wouldn't mind seeing for the Rams come draft day. Mocking Dan has already penciled you guys in for taking OT Michael Oher, of Ole Miss, which I can totally get behind. Oher is the real deal, his game is solid top to bottom, and he will quietly be a franchise tackle in the NFL for years to come. Some of you may have questions about QB Ryan Leaf, err, I mean QB Matt Stafford, especially with Detroit trying to squirm out the obvious pick at #1. There are a number of safeties that would help solidify you backfield for years to come, and who could start from day one, including Patrick Chung and Louis Delmas. The depth is in this draft for a top center if you want to target them in the first three rounds, including Alex Mack, and could be a huge first step to regaining offensive dominance in the Spags era.
On the roster front, the one move I am sure of, unconditionally, as an outsider looking in, is that T Alex Barron needs to go. Guys like that drag good teams down, and the oline is one of the few positions that can't compartmentalize his attitude (or lack of attitude really). Spagnuolo needs to purge him via competition, plain and simple.
I will try and respond to everything you guys throw out there, and I am sure a number of questions will crop up from me as well. Thanks again to Van Ram for the hospitality, and I look forward to hearing all your thoughts.
I'll be around.
What is the highest priority for the Rams in the draft? (Ignoring for now the effects of acquired free agents.)
OT-Barron needs to go and we need the heir apparent to Pace. (15 votes)
QB-Stafford may be a risk, but nothing risked, nothing gained. (0 votes)
Defense-Even if it isn't the first round choice, no area needs more help. (12 votes)
Forget positions-this team needs an infusion of attitude and character, to develop what we already have. (11 votes)
38 total votes