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The work of an NFL General Manager is never done…and neither is yours. Yesterday, you addressed some of the holes on the offensive side of the ball by filling in the blanks. Today, you’ll take on the defense, which was certainly a bright spot in 2012. It’s time to finalize the 2013 Rams defense!
Rams Who Hit Free Agency In 2013
* LB: Justin Cole & Mario Haggan
* CB: Bradley Fletcher
* DT: Jermelle Cudjo & Trevor Laws
* DE: William Hayes
* S: Craig Dahl & Darian Stewart
It’s no secret that the Safety position will need to be addressed, whether it be in Free Agency or in April’s Draft. Craig Dahl is under constant scrutiny from Rams fans, but is he disposable? Darian Stewart saw minimal playing time in 2012, despite what seem to be respectable results when he does. Quintin Mikell is slated to make $6mil in 2013, and $9mil against the cap. That’s a lot of dough, and as you’ll see below, there’s more work to be done on Defense than there was on offense [in terms of solidifying final roster spots]. No Dahl or Mikell in 2013? You comfortable with that, Mr. GM?
The linebacker position needs equally as much attention. It’s apparent that Rocky McIntosh wasn’t the answer at starting SAM LB in 2012, but he could he be valuable in the backup role, or is it time to send him packing? Justin Cole and Mario Haggan are FA’s. Is it time for Sammy Brown - Undrafted Free Agent from 2012 - to step up?
Remember, you can use Free Agency and the Draft to build your defensive squad, but this isn’t about building a super-team. Use the confines of what minimal cap space the Rams do have, along with some backup players who performed admirably in 2012 to finalize your depth chart...
RDE: Robert Quinn
* Potentially: Eugene Sims, Free Agent, Rookie
RDT: Michael Brockers
* Potentially: Jermelle Cudjo, Free Agent, Rookie
LDT: Kendall Langford
* Potentially: Matthew Conrath, Free Agent, Rookie
LDE: Chris Long
* Potentially: Williams Hayes, Free Agent, Rookie
* Potentially: Rocky McIntosh, Mario Haggan, Sammy Brown, Free Agent, Rookie
MLB: James Laurinaitis
* Potentially: Josh Hull, Free Agent, Rookie
WLB: Jo-Lonn Dunbar
* Potentially: Justin Cole, Free Agent, Rookie
Cornerback: Cortland Finnegan
Cornerback: Janoris Jenkins
Cornerback: Trumaine Johnson
* Potentially: Bradley Fletcher, Free Agent, Rookie
* Potentially: Craig Dahl, Darian Stewart, Matthew Daniels, Free Agent, Rookie
* Potentially: Quintin Mikell, Rodney McLeod, Free Agent, Rookie
….so that’s NINE ‘locks’ for 2013, and THIRTEEN blanks that need filling. Have at it! Post your depth-filling names in the comments below.
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