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The Rams: 2012 NFL Draft: Need vs. Want



Need: Practically every position under the sun.

Want: Every position under the sun.

Solution: Triage. Not in the literal sense; but as a method to make crucial choices.

The term "triage" is a system of emergency medical care. It was developed by The French and used by American combat medical teams during The Vietnam War. Triage is defined as: The sorting of and allocation of treatment to patients according to a system of priorities designed to maximize the number of survivors.

Basically it is a plan to prioritize who can be saved and not to waste precious resources on those not in critical need and those who are too far gone. The Rams over the past four seasons, have wasted precious resources by their method of priority.

The Rams are in an emergency situation. Critical decisions in regard to the draft, must be made. Where should the bulk of resources be allocated?

The defense has been poor at stopping the run. Lacking the push from the interior defenders has also allowed QB's to step up and get the ball downfield; which stressed a decimated secondary. The OLB group looked slow and incapable of covering backs and TE's. The Rams have added a DT and a CB in free agency.

The Offense lossed their best WR Brandon Lloyd to free agency. Amendola is coming back from injury. This gives the team a reliable weapon in the slot. Pettis will miss the first four games of the season, and Salas is coming back from a broken leg. Alexander's durability will always be a concern. Gibson is inconsistent. The Rams signed Steve Smith via free agency. His durability will be closely monitored. SJAX has been the workhorse at RB with no true answer for a potential replacement or backup. Saffold looks as if he will remain at left tackle. The Rams signed a center in free agency. Harvey Dahl could move back to OG, but he looked good playing ROT. Jason Smith will return for another go around; albeit an uncertain one.

Using the "triage" method, I would say that the offense is the most critical, and in need of the majority of the resources. The question now becomes: What offensive position requires immediate care? My response is WR. Smith has talent, but his durability is still a concern. After the jump I will use the triage method to determine draft prospects for The Rams. I will break them into a two part scenario:

The first will be based upon the Rams and their current draft order.

The second will involve a hypothetical trade with The Kansas City Chiefs, who move up to six for QB Ryan Tannehill. The trade involves swapping picks 6 and 11 in the first round; a third and fifth round pick for 2012, and a second round pick for 2013.

Draft Scenario 1:

1. WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St

2. RB Doug Martin, Boise St

2. OLB Zach Brown, N.C.

3. WR Marvin Jones, Cal

4. OG Brandon Brooks, Miami(OH)

6. FS Janzen Jackson, McNeese St

7. CB Chris Greenwood, Albion

7. OLB Jerrell Harris, Alabama

Draft Scenario 2:

1.(11) WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech

2. RB Doug Martin, Boise St

2. OLB Zach Brown, N.C.

3. WR Marvin Jones, Cal

3. OG Brandon Brooks, Miami(OH)

4. DT Akiem Hicks, Regina

5. FS Janzen Jackson, McNeese St

6. CB Chris Greenwood, Albion

7. WR Jordan White, Western Michigan

7. OLB Jerrell Harris, Alabama

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