Feb 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
The NFL Draft is just mere hours away. Soon all the speculation, and mock drafts will be over. The Rams will have a group of young players with the potential to succeed in the NFL. Will the Rams trade Steven Jackson? Will they take Justin Blackmon? Soon, all these questions will be answered and we'll all be talking about how we expect the Rams to go to the playoffs.
Right now, let's focus on the NFL Draft. The Rams have multiple needs to be addressed. There are a lot of things to watch for during the draft for the Rams, so I decided to roll out a few of the main questions that could be answered by Sunday...
1. Will Steven Jackson be a Ram at the end of the weekend?
For a month, it looked like the St. Louis Rams would choose between three players: Fletcher Cox, Justin Blackmon, and Trent Richardson. Lately, it's been looking like the Rams could really draft Richardson at #6. Heck, there's even rumors about the Rams trading up to the third or the fourth overall pick to draft him.
Then a few days ago, there were the Steven Jackson wants a new contract rumors, and the St. Louis Rams would ship the running back out. Jeff Fisher has come out and basically said that the rumors were false.
Steven Jackson, even went out of his way (probably got asked) to say that he would mentor Richardson. However, it's just difficult for me to accept that Jackson would be happy with Richardson. He's really proud of being a three down back.
Multiple national media have said that Jackson would get traded. Is this another smokescreen, and did the rumor come from a single source? Jackson was at Rams camp to work on his film making skills, so this smokescreen could be him working on his acting skills?
Okay all that was a joke, but if the Rams draft Richardson, don't expect this rumor to go away.
2. Who will the Rams draft at wide receiver?
The whole offseason everyone has been talking about Justin Blackmon going to the Rams with the 6th pick. Recently, it's been a mixture of other players like Cox and Richardson, also getting love at the 6th spot.
It will be interesting to see if the Rams will draft Blackmon first. They do have options because this draft, while lacking elite players, has some damn good prospects at wide receiver. They could also try and trade up in the first round to select a Kendall Wright or an Michael Floyd.
3. Will the Rams complete the foundation up front?
The last couple of years the Rams have made an effort to improve both the offensive and defensive lines. The Rams are close to having a pretty good defensive line, but the offensive line will need more work.
If Matt Kalil falls down to the six pick, you would think that the Rams would select him? It could force Saffold to move to right offensive tackle; while current right tackle Jason Smith could move to guard. If the Rams don't select a tackle in the draft, they will probably draft a guard in the later rounds. This seems more likely. However, I'm personally nervous about them two starting at tackles, but it's Fisher's team not mine.
The Rams have filled the defensive line spots nicely. Chris Long has grown into his own. Robert Quinn should keep developing as a pass rusher, and the Rams have a pretty good defensive tackle in Kendall Langford. They do need to fill the other defensive tackle spot, so a player like Flecher Cox could be the guy at 6. However,Profootballweekly.com quotes a source that said the Rams feel there at 8 to 10 first day starters at defensive tackle.
4. Who will start opposite of Cortland Finnegan?
This get's overlooked a lot, but who will be the other starting corner for the Rams? Bradley Fletcher is a good corner, but he's recovering from an injury. I would be surprised if the Rams don't draft a CB in the mid-rounds in case he get's hurt again.
The Rams have two interesting corners: Jerome Murphy and Josh Gordy. However, I think Murphy would be a better fit at a safety position. While Josh Gordy made some plays last season, on the whole he wasn't good.
The Rams can draft a solid corner in the mid rounds. Maybe Jenoris Jenkins in the second round, or Trumaine Johnson in the late 2nd or 3rd round?