Will the Rams move Rodger Saffold to guard in 2013?

Dilip Vishwanat

A report out this weekend suggests that the St. Louis Rams might shift Rodger Saffold inside to guard next year.

Rodger Saffold to guard? That's the report from a Pro Football Weekly piece somewhere in cyberspace. The St. Louis Rams left tackle, who is sitting out with a knee injury right now, would move inside next season, so the story goes. With eight games left in the season and six months until the draft, that could obviously change.

Saffold is arguably the best offensive tackle on the roster. He is expected to return to action after the team's bye next week, hitting the field again in Week 10 against the 49ers. That gives half a season to solidify his place on the outside.

There are those who think Saffold is a better fit at guard. In fact, when the Rams drafted him in 2010, he was expected to work as a guard when training camp opened, but Jason Smith was in the process of being a bust which thwarted the team's plans to move him to left tackle.

Moving Saffold to guard assumes that the Rams are going to draft a tackle in April or find one in free agency. Free agent tackles usually leave a little to be desired as teams lock up their left tackles. I suppose the Rams could go into next season with Barry Richardson and Wayne Hunter on the outside, but that seems unlikely as well.

The Rams also have Rokevious Watkins, a fifth-round pick this year, that was widely expected to start inside this season until an injury landed him on IR. He's no lock for the roster in 2013, but Jeff Fisher and Co. were pretty explicit in their hopes for Watkins this season, making it unlikely they give up so easy on an offensive lineman between now and the spring.

Take these kinds of reports with a healthy grain of salt. It's October.

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