Evan Silva's Post-Draft NFL Lineup Rankings


The NFL Draft is over, and the mini camps are coming up. Here's what everyone want to know -- how do the St. Louis Rams starting lineup rank among the other NFL teams.

For those who don't know Evan Silva, he's the senior football editor for Rotoworld.com. Silva is as good of a writer as he is a creator of lists. I swear he has at least 4 different lists that include all 32 teams. A few days ago Silva unveiled another list, this one is about post-draft NFL lineups.

For this list, Silva ranked all 32 teams' starting offenses and defenses, so no backups were included. Not surprisingly, the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco San Francisco 49ers were 1-2 in this list. Where did the St. Louis Rams rank? 20th, which is most likely better than they ranked last year.


QB: Sam Bradford
RB: Isaiah Pead
WR: Tavon Austin*
WR: Brian Quick
WR: Chris Givens
TE: Jared Cook*
LT: Jake Long*
LG: Rokevious Watkins
C: Scott Wells
RG: Harvey Dahl
RT: Rodger Saffold

Offensive Overview: Austin is the guy everyone is talking about after the draft, and with good reason. The offseason addition St. Louis people should be really excited about is Cook. I'll have an article on it soon, but I went back and watched each of Cook's 2012 targets and he made Tennessee's bad quarterbacks look good on the regular. He's a better player than I thought. The only real offensive line question mark at this point is left guard, as the Long signing shored up two positions by kicking Saffold to right tackle, upgrading on Barry Richardson. Rams tailback will be one of the most hotly contested camp battles this August. I'm giving the early edge to Pead, with Daryl Richardson and rookie Zac Stacy in the mix. It's put-up or shut-up time for Bradford, who is now surrounded by the best supporting cast and pass protection of his thus-far pedestrian career.


LE: Chris Long
RE: Robert Quinn
DT: Michael Brockers
DT: Kendall Langford
MLB: James Laurinaitis
WLB: Alec Ogletree*
SLB: Jo-Lonn Dunbar
LCB: Janoris Jenkins
RCB: Cortland Finnegan
FS: Darian Stewart
SS: T.J. McDonald*

Defensive Overview: So far, the Rams have turned the compensation they received in the 2012 RG3 trade into Brockers, Jenkins, Isaiah Pead, Rokevious Watkins, Ogletree, Stedman Bailey, and Zac Stacy, and still have Washington's 2014 first-round pick to use. Both sides are winners, but GM Les Snead deserves a hat tip for aggressive maneuvering that's resulted in stockpiled talent. They are building a playoff-caliber roster. Defense remains the Rams' strength with an explosive young front four and improving back seven. Safety still looks like a liability. Stewart has been subpar in previous starting opportunities and McDonald is straight-linish, lacking man-cover skills and plays with inconsistent toughness. He was one of the few Rams draft picks I genuinely didn't like. The organization still hasn't ruled out re-signing free agent Quintin Mikell.

Tevin's Take

After reading Silva's explanations and looking at the starting lineups, it makes sense why he ranked the Rams at 20. Everyone is excited about the Rams' new offense and the mismatches they should be able to create. However, on paper you look at the new names, and it's easy to think that the Rams offense could face some problems early on. Heck, I counted 7 new starters.

The Rams defense looks good on paper and plays better on the football field. The biggest factors will be how the returning veterans on the Rams grow in the second year of the current system, how new defensive coordinator Tim Walton will call plays, and lastly how big of an impact will safety T.J. McDonald and linebacker Alec Ogletree have this season as rookies.

So there you have it, do you agree with Silva's ranking? Or do you think the Rams should be higher or lower on the list?

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