At this point in the game, for this team, whether or not Danny Amendola is resigned or not, it would be more beneficial for the Rams to take a TE early rather than a WR. By taking TE with one of the first 3 picks we have, we don't just address the receiving corp, but also the offensive line. One thing we like to do is use Lance Kendricks in the backfield. This is the same way the Patriots use Aaron Hernandez. They are similarly built, both standing 6'3", and both are exceptional blockers. By adding a larger TE like Tyler Eifert or Zach Ertz, the Rams take a player from a running offense who, if put in a TE oriented offense like we will start to run more, they will excel. By having two TEs on the field at once, whether its in the backfield, on the line, in the slot, or spread out wide, it would only cause us to have excess of 3 WRs on the field. Rotation rounds of Chris Givens, Brian Quick, and Austin Pettis would give the Rams less players in and out. This means that Sam Bradford will get more and more reps with the same set of young players who he can mold into what he wants. Having 5 WRs and 3 TEs rotating in and out constantly is hard on a QB. This leaves a player like Danny Amendola expendable, leaving the money he, Steven Jackson, Wayne Hunter, and Quintin Mikell will be losing open for the Rams to try to bolster up the defensive secondary by adding a free agent safety and resigning William Hayes.
Leading into the draft, this will leave a hole in less places than there were before the season ended. Adding players like this will help solidify the Rams for a playoff race.
1.16 - Chance Warmack G / Jonathan Cooper G
As bad as the RT play was this year, one things you may need more is a strong inside 3. Adding one of these two LGs to play beside Scott Wells and opposite Harvey Dahl will make the Rams' interior linemen one of the best sets in the league. Both players have great strength and agility and will be able to excel at getting to the second level and trapping, which will help the LT and RT out tremendously.
1.22 - Tyler Eifert TE / Zach Ertz TE
Helping out the offensive line twice in the 1st round may seem difficult to swallow, especially for a Rams team lead by Jeff Fisher, but, if he wants to implement his style of football even further into this team he knows what he needs to do. Giving Sam Bradford extra blocking support and receiving help can be nothing but a good thing.
2.16 - Eddie Lacy RB / Giovanni Bernard RB
With Steven Jackson leaving, getting a back that can be and every-down back is a must. Both backs are capable of taking the load the full season. But, pairing them with Isaiah Pead coming out of the backfield can be downright dangerous.
3.16 - Bacarri Rambo FS / TJ McDonald FS ; note: if FS signed, look for OT here - Oday Aboushi / Justin Pugh
The back end and middle of the defense is where the Rams hurt the most. We need to find two safety positions, barring a free agent acquisition, at the FS and SS. Both of these players have good value in the 3rd round and can both benefit tremendously from the experienced secondary and defensive minds in St. Louis.
4.16 - Jonathan Cyprien SS / Duke Williams SS ; note: if SS signed, look for OT here - Xavier Nixon / Ricky Wagner
Addressing the opposite side of the ball is also a concern the Rams need to look at. Both players had great Senior Bowl weeks and impressed many teams.
5.16 - Ricky Wagner OT / Jordan Mills OT ; note: if OT taken earlier, look for DT here - Montori Hughes / Kwame Geathers
With more than half of the elite tackle prospects returning to school, look for the Rams to address this later in the draft and get someone who can play well for one year and become a beneficial backup to the OT they select in the first 2 rounds of 2014.
6.16 - Ace Sanders WR/PR/KR / Denard Robinson WR/PR/KR
The Rams need a returner. Someone who can return punts, kick offs, and plain fly. Both prospects here are capable of being that while also coming in for a few plays and catching a screen or a fly on offense.
7.16 - Cameron Lawrence OLB / Etienne Sabino OLB
The Rams need help at SSOLB, but that might be addressed in-house by stud pass-rusher Sammy Brown. He was an UDFA last year, but was tops in the nation with 13.5 sacks. I am curious what he could do if set free.