The Rams are currently entrenched with offseason programs. An equal amount of hope and uncertainty fills the air. The new regime has its hands full implementing their offensive and defensive schemes. The players, new and vets, are adjusting to the one constant in The NFL: Change. After the jump, I will present a scenario for 2013 that builds upon what The Rams have done so far. It is only a hypothetical, nothing is set in stone. The opinions given are subject to change.
Free Agency 2013:
1. FS Jairus Byrd, Buffalo Bills 6'0 205 Age: 25.
2011: 75 Tkls, 3INT's, 1 Int Ret For A TD, 8 PD, 3 FF, 1 Fumble Recovery, And 1 Sack.
2011: 51 Tkl's, 4 FF, 1 PD, 6 Sacks
2011: 81 Rec's, 1,159 Yards, And 5 TD's.
2013 Draft: Traded a first round pick for a 2nd and third rounder in 2013 and a second rounder for 2014.
1. WR Justin Hunter, Tenn 6'4 200:
Prior to his season ending ACL injury, Hunter looked like a dominant receiver. His ability to create separation and get open was impressive. Hunter has great hands and body control. If he returns healthy, The Rams could land a tremendous receiver.
2. CB/FS//PR Tyrann Mathieu, LSU 5'9 175:
While not the best cover corner in the land, Mathieu brings several skills to the field: Instincts, The ability to create turnovers, PR ability, Versatility to play different positions. He plays much bigger than his size. An aggressive and fearless defender, Mathieu does not shy away from contact. In 2011 Mathieu had: 76 TKL's, 8 TFL, 2 Sacks, 6 FF, 2 INT's. He averaged 16 Yards per PR with 2 TD's.
2. DE Devin Taylor, S.C. 6'6 270:
A fast and athletic defender, Taylor has raw talent that can be developed. He can play with his hand in the dirt or standing up. Taylor can drop in coverage if needed. Those long arms come in handy in pass defense. In 2011 Taylor recorded: 46 TKL's, 8 Sacks, 8 TFL, 8 PBU, and 1 INT returned for a TD.
3. OLB Demontre Moore, Texas A&M 6'3 245:
Strong aggressive OLB who, along with his Texas A&M teammates, will move to the tough SEC this fall. The Aggies will move to a 4-3 defense. This change will place Moore at DE. Moore uses his hands well, and displays various pass rushing moves. In 2011 Moore recorded: 72 TKL's, 18 TFL, 9 Sacks, and 4 FF.
3. DT Slyvester Williams, N.C. 6'3 320:
Athletic big man, who has the ability to consistently disrupt an offensive backfield. Williams can command double teams. Versatile DT who can play either the 3T or the 4NT. For 2011 Williams had: 47 TKL's, 2 Sacks, 4 TFL, 1 INT, and 3 PBU.
4..RB Le'Veon Bell, Michigan St 6'2 238:
Bell is a powerful back with size and agility. He can make defenders miss or power through them. Bell seems to be a master of the stiff arm. He uses it frequently with great success. An effective receiver, Bell gains yards after the catch. He can be a load to bring down one on one.In 2011 Bell had: 182 Carries for 948 Yards, and 13 TD's. Bell also had 35 Rec's for 267 Yards.
5. OG Larry Warford, Kentucky 6'3 340:
Strong and physical OG that is solid in both run and pass blocking.
6. OLB Joseph Labeau, Jackson St 6'1 245:
An athletic and aggressive OLB who has also played DE and ILB. In 2011 Labeau recorded 15 sacks.
7. DT Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern 6'5 325:
Big strong DT with pass rush skills, who also makes plays in the backfield. In 2010 Williams made: 50 TKL's, 17 TFL, and 9 Sacks. Offenses had to account for Williams by allocating additional blockers to contain him. This is reflective in his drop in numbers in 2011: 35 TKL's, and 7 Sacks.