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From Up & Coming to Contending in one offseason!

First ever fanpost! Thanks for reading!


A year after the St. Louis Rams went 2-14, Jeff Fisher and Les Snead took over and immediately improved a struggling squad to a hard-nosed and intense football team. The Rams went 7-8-1, however many fans were still disappointed by the lack of offensive firepower and discipline. The Defense was a force to be reckoned with, with new additions Cortland Finnegan, Michael Brockers, Janoris Jenkins, and Jo-Lonn Dunbar bringing a fiery passion to a once porous D. Although there are still a few holes to fix in the defense (FS, SS, OLB), the focus of this offseason is to bring the offense and defense to a great balance by adding more weapons for Sam Bradford to use. It will be a good change to see our offense being able to keep our opponents in some type of fear with new weapons and young sophomores (Brian Quick, Isaiah Pead, Daryl Richardson) continuing to develop. WITH ONE OFFSEASON WE CAN TURN OUR NASTY UP & COMING TEAM TO A CONFERENCE CONTENDER!

RESTRUCTURE SAM BRADFORD

Offseason Cuts/Non-resigned:

Steven Jackson

Craig Dahl

Danny Amendola

Wayne Hunter

Quintin Mikell

Brandon Gibson

Offseason Resigned:

William Hayes

Quintin Mikell (discounted price, fingers crossed)

Darian Stewart

Offseason Free-Agent Additions:

Sebastian Vollmer/Andre Smith

Louis Delmas (very talented, plagued by injuries in 2012)

Shonn Greene

THE DRAFT: (I won't include any trades to prevent unrealistic scenarios)

Round 1 Pick #16: FS out of Texas, Kenny Vaccaro

Kenny Vaccaro shores up one of the safety spots and is arguably the best safety in the draft. A sure tackler, he is also a great cover DB, and won't have coverage lapses like one Mr. Craig Dahl had all year. Plus, past Texas safeties have done very well in the league.. (Michael Griffin, Earl Thomas) Paired with Delmas or Mikell, our safety spots look a bit more, well.. safe. Comparison: Earl Thomas

Round 1 Pick #22: TE - Tyler Eifert/Zach Ertz out of Notre Dame & Stanford respectively

We all know Sammy B loves to utilize his TE's as a safety blanket. Unfortunately, although Lance Kendricks has progressed, we all hoped he would be filling a greater role. Either Eifert of Ertz is a mismatch waiting to happen. Their receiving skills are all-pro ready and they use their big bodies to get open and overpower defenders. They both need help on their blocking, but there are few, if any safeties that will be able to cover these shooting guards coming down the middle of the field. Comparison: Kyle Rudolph

Round 2 Pick #46: DT out of Purdue, Kawaan Short

Short could have come out last draft but chose to stay one more year. He boosted his stock mightily during the Senior Bowl. Short is an extremely strong man who pushes double-teams out of the way. A 3-man rotation of Brockers, Langford, and Short will hopefully stop the huge gains that were made by runners last year. Bring this D to an elite level! Comparison: Pat Williams

Round 3 Pick #78 WR out of Tennessee Tech, Da'Rick Rogers

Da'Rick was supposed to be the next A.J. Green or Julio Jones but had off-field issues and eventually transferred to Tennessee Tech. He still performed extremely well his senior year and has a chance to be drafted in the first few rounds of the draft. His hands are very sure and his route-running is pro-ready. As we know, Jeff Fisher has the respect to keep off-field issues from being a larger problem in the NFL. He will make sure Rogers keeps his head out of his ass and uses his amazing talents the way he should be using them. Rogers and Quick on the outside with Givens and Pettis in the slot will be a young but amazingly dynamic Wideout group. Comparison: Brandon Marshall

Round 4 Pick #110 RB out of South Carolina, Marcus Lattimore

Lattimore was the next Adrian Peterson before his injury. However since AD had an ACL tear, there's no saying that Lattimore can't be the newest major knee injury success story. He has all the talent in the world, with the potential to be a top 5 running back in the league. For this year, Greene, Richardson, and Pead can hold their own until Lattimore is ready to take over as the lead back. Comparison: Adrian Peterson

Round 5 Pick #142 OG/C out of USC, Khaled Holmes

Holmes is one of the top C's of this weak draft class and can transition to OG for depth. He provides depth for Scott Wells, as he is coming off another knee surgery. Maybe Holmes can even push for the starting position and give the Rams more cap space instead of the oft-injured Wells. Comparison: Ben Jones

Round 6 Pick #174 WR formerly out of Washington St., Marquess Wilson

Another knucklehead?! Well, it wasn't all Marquess that got him kicked off the team. We know Mike Leach has his problems. And Marquess Wilson was a first round WR had he stayed in school. He is tall and lanky, and should beef up a little before he can be physically dominant like Da'Rick Rogers. Makes highlight reel catches with complete ease. He can easily add 20 lbs and be another great weapon in case any WR before him on the depth chart goes down. Comparison: Jerome Simpson

Round 7 Pick #206 OLB out of Maryland, Kenny Tate

Kenny Tate used to be a safety but transitioned after yoking up a few 20 lbs. He is a hard tackler and has great athletic ability. OLB is not a priority in my opinion because of the fact that the Rams are in nickel 85% of the time. He will be good depth and may start if coached correctly. Comparison: Manny Lawson

As you can tell, this draft includes all high-ceiling players will immense talent! With one offseason our beloved St. Louis Rams will be once again fighting for a playoff spot like we all hoped they would this year! RAMS ALL DAY! P.S. This is my first fanpost, a die-hard 18-y/o Rams fan from Vegas! "Playoffs here we come!" -LVRamz

Round 1: Kenny Vaccaro FS, Tyler Eifert/Zach Ertz TE

Round 2: Kawaan Short DT

Round 3: Da'Rick Rogers WR

Round 4: Marcus Lattimore RB

Round 5: Khaled Holmes OG/OC

Round 6: Marquess Wilson WR

Round 7: Kenny Tate OLB

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