A lot of talk has been going on about how to upgrade the Rams O-line during the draft. We have discussed many options from the pipe dream scenario of Matt Kalil falling to them at 6 or "reaching" for Reiff or DeCastro. I agree that landing either Kalil at 6 or DeCastro with a trade down to 11-15 would be great and a benefit to the O-line, I don't think that is necessary.
We have on the roster right now someone who is going to make the line much better than it was last year. Scott Wells, the FA center we signed from Green Bay. Lets look at the RAMifications of that one signing.
We all can agree on one thing from last year: Jason Brown played horrible. He may be a decent o-lineman in the NFL, or at least he was with Baltimore, but for whatever reason he just did not make the grade as a Ram. He was so bad two years ago that Sam was given the responsibility to make all of the line adjustments, and we can see this is not something that Sam was very comfortable with. He was, after all, learning a new offense with no time to install it during the off season.
Jason Brown was so bad last year that he was replaced in the lineup but Tony Wragge. TONY WRAGGE! He was better than Brown, but lets not act like he even deserves a spot on the roster again this year. And if I had to watch him bob his head up and down before the snap again I was going to think he was making money on the side for the elicit movie industry. Good ridance to both of those players.
Now bring in Wells, who directed one of the better o-lines in the league over the last few years. His knowledge and expertice in putting people in the right place and situation to succeed is going to prove so valuable to the offense, and Sam in particular. We have all been wondering why Jason Smith hasn't been cut; maybe this is the reason. Maybe Fisher thinks that with getting lined up right and set up to have success, Smith may be able to show something worth keeping around. Probably still not worth the contract IMO, but at least servicable for another year.