There has obviously been a lot of debate here and elsewhere over what quality of draft this has been for the Rams. It's strange. Some have pretty high hopes for our offensive outlook, a few seem to think it was done by the fourth horseman of the apocalypse.
One thing that, when you view it in perspective, is undeniable, is that Josh McDaniels had a big influence on this draft. It makes you cringe a little bit, I know, mostly because of what happened in Denver. Think about this though. McDaniels is one of these mad scientist type coordinators. The reason this failed so miserably in Denver is because he never had the quality players required for his system to operate. Therefore, the reason for drafting Kendricks, Pettis, and Salas (and likely a few of the consequent FA signings) is to give the offense the tools to function properly under the McDaniels system, whatever exactly that is. Also keep in mind, McD also never had a QB as good as Sam with the Broncos.
There are, of course, some needs that were not covered in the draft. The difference between the draft this year and previous drafts is that there has yet to be free agency or trades. Trust me, I've taken a good look over the many corners of the internet, and we're by far not the only team with needs still left to cover. It seems that the the FO decided to use the draft to infuse the roster with young talent, including some much-needed help for our oft-unreliable red zone offense. That surely means free agency is going to be the main source to cover our other needs. This makes sense, because it is much harder to find young playmaking talent in free agency. The draft is the more appropriate place to do that. Needless to say, if we weren't going through a shift in OC, our draft would have looked a lot different.
Whether you agree with this or not, whether you're a cynic or an optimist, there's one common fact we can all agree on: We still did better than the Seahawks! Cheers!