The time has come for you to build the ultimate St. Louis Rams’ defense for the 2014 season. In case you missed it, we kicked off the fun with the Rams’ Offense yesterday. Hopefully you were able to flex your General Manager skills…if not, feel free to do so now.
For those who are ready to take the Rams’ defensive unit to the next step, here’s your opportunity. The Rams’ defense has been it’s strong suit over the last few seasons, and it may only be a piece or two away from being one of the league’s most dominant.
A few things to note:
* We’re using the 2013 depth chart to assume the number of players on the defensive side of the ball. The offense had 27, but the defense had only 24. I’ve broken down starters and backups based on the official 2013 depth chart. It’s your show, though. If you want to carry one less Free Safety and one more Cornerback, go for it!
* I’ve filled the starters as I see them heading into the offseason. The Rams aren’t blowing up my phone for suggestions, so it doesn’t mean those players will enter the season as the starter. That being said, there have been rumblings about certain players - based on performance - that lead me to leave their starting spot vacant. You pencil them right back in as you see fit. As it stands, I see 17 of the 24 spots as an opportunity for a player [whether it be starting or backup] to earn a roster spot.
* There are several Rams’ players who will be competing against free agents and rookies to earn a spot as a backup in 2014. The "Potential" players underneath each position will display "free agents" and "rookies." Links to free agents will direct you to the list of 2014 FA's - on Spotrac - for that particular position [If you’re not familiar, the site is great for player contracts, and how keeping/cutting them could impact the team]. The "Rookies" link[s] will direct you to CBS Sports, which is sorted and ranked by position for the 2014 draft class.
Interestingly enough, players like Chris Long and James Laurinaitis have drawn complaint about their less than stellar 2013 performance[s]. While many consider them sure-things for 2014, you certainly don’t have to. Could Alec Ogletree play MLB? Could the Rams draft Jadaveon Clowney? Former Pro-Bowler, Cortland Finnegan, had an atrocious 2013 campaign…is he still a Ram next year?
Right Defensive Tackle
Left Defensive Tackle
Left Defensive End
Left Outside Linebacker
Right Outside Linebacker
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