It's been a long time since the St. Louis Rams have hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. So long, in fact, that quarterback Sam Bradford was still leading charge of his Pop Warner team.
Les Snead and Jeff Fisher have their team on the fast track to relevancy, but this week's draft is pivotal for their long-term success. In prime position to add at least three new, quality starters to the roster, they can't afford to make any mistakes.
The Rams should continue to build on last year's impressive turnaround, but how soon is too soon to start talking about championships?
Rams meet Colts in Super Bowl L - Battle of the No. 1 draft picks. From worsts to firsts. Redemption. Call it what you will; Kent Sterling foresees the St. Louis Rams and Indianapolis Colts meeting on football's grandest stage in 2016. Sam Bradford will get his first chance to outdo his QB counterpart Andrew Luck this November. Perhaps we should call that "Round One?"
More draft pick wheeling and dealing? - The Rams may not boast as much improbable value and wealth in this year's draft as the year prior, but they still possess enough to continue making waves in April. With four first-round picks in the next two drafts, it's not unthinkable that a jump up in pecking order could be on both Les Snead's and Jeff Fisher's minds. Still, they seem better poised for another move down.
A new receiver linked to #16 - Move over, Tavon Austin. You're not the only skill player to have the Rams drooling. Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who some scouts have compared to the Falcons' Roddy White, could also be a candidate for St. Louis' initial first-round pick.
Hopkins crashes combine - Speaking of Hopkins, sources have linked both he and Rutgers receiver Mark Harrison to a trashed hotel room during the NFL Scouting Combine. Because, well, it was their room. If slinging "feces" isn't a cause for character concerns, nothing is, but Hopkins won't accept blame.
Larry Warford prospect profile - While he doesn't bring the pedigree of soon-to-be first-round picks Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper, Kentucky guard Larry Warmack will make one team very happy this week, presumably early Friday. Should he last long enough, Warmack makes a lot of sense for the Rams at pick 46.
Analyzing the Rams' schedule - In 2013, the Rams boast one of the league's toughest schedules. Is this becoming an overdone cruel joke, a tired cliche or both? On a positive note, however, the team will make its first Monday Night Football appearance since 2006.
Dilfer: Sparano to Jets was "the worst hire ever" - Ever eager to let his opinion known, ESPN's Trent Dilfer was the latest pundit to find a new way to take a shot at the New York Jets. Dilfer called out former offensive coordinator Tony Sparano for failing to develop Mark Sanchez and giving him a "cluttered mind." It's now too little, too late for Jets fans to appreciate Brian Schottenheimer.
Rams fans have made it abundantly clear how they would react should the team acquire Alabama running back Eddie Lacy with either of their first round picks. Lacy's draft stock has taken a hit in recent weeks, but he remains the No. 1 ball carrier in this year's class. Get to know St. Louis' potential next workhorse.