EARTH CITY, MO - JULY 31: Members of the St. Louis Rams offense and defense line up against each other during training camp at the Russell Training Center on July 31, 2011 in Earth City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The St. Louis Rams offensive line graded out well in the eyes of one expert. Evan Silva at Rotoworld ranked the Rams' offensive line the 16th best heading into the season. On top of that, he notes the relative youth of the group and sees a bright future ahead.
Silva notes the addition of Harvey Dahl adds an element of nastiness to the line:
Dahl was a huge addition, upgrading on journeyman Adam Goldberg and bringing physicality to a group that is relatively soft otherwise.
That echoes a sentiment expressed here, and it bodes well for the success of the group. Make no mistake, this is a group built for pass blocking. Of course. It's no secret that the Rams want to make Sam Bradford the centerpiece of their offense, the same way Tom Brady is in New England.
Dahl does improve the running game with his ability to open holes in the middle, a place where very little light has shown through in recent years.
Among that front five, no player has as much riding on this season as Jason Smith. The second overall pick in 2009 has yet to meet the expectations that come with such a lofty draft spot. Adequate best defines Smith's play so far, but he's being paid to play in the top tier of offensive tackles, not merely adequate.
Where do you ranks the Rams offensive line this year? What strengths and weaknesses do you see among the unit?