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Response to comments in "NFL Free Agents: Rams Working On Offensive Line by Ryan Van Bibber


One of the responses to the article occurred in a discussion about the merits of Blackmon vs DeCastro (Werle, Old guy, and RG31 I believe). One responder mentioned that they had not heard of a guard being taken in the top ten of a draft. Turns out the Rams actually drafted Tom Mack second overall (he was a tackle in college but played guard his whole career with the Rams. His credentials include 11 pro bowls and the Hall of Fame (Dennis Harrah was drafted #11). If DeCastro is that kind of can't miss prospect then I would take him over Blackmon .The benefit is that our running game is improved and all those sacks up the middle will be minimized and Sam will have more of a chance to be great (Especially with a middle of Wells, Dahl and DeCastro).

Once Sam has a chance to live another day, then he can throw to the BPA receivers acquired with our second picks as well as Salas and Amendola. Since no receiver is really considered a #1 guy in this draft it just seems smarter to continue to fix the lines on offense and defense and hope a megaton #2 comes to us next year.

Note: 5 guards were taken in the top ten of the draft since 1990 (one was taken at 11). These guards were not top ten but were usually the first or second guard chosen in their year: Hutchinson, Mankins, Iupati, Joseph, and Grubbs. In the years back to 1990 guards are generally chosen after the 15th pick and frequently no guards are chosen until the second round (down years for o-line??). Hutchinson was the second guard chosen at 17 - that year Leonard Davis of the Cardinals was chosen #2. Guards and running backs were chosen in the top ten almost every year in the 70's.

Here is an interesting question: Do guards help overcome fearsome pass rushes in the game today? Do they help they help the passing game on the short routes and screens? If the answers are yes then DeCastro at 6 is a great pick....

Let the thrashing begin...

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