Prior to the draft, the St. Louis Rams said goodbye to their starting safeties: public enemy number 1 Craig Dahl and Quintin Mikell.
Both departures created a huge hole in the Rams secondary. Hoping to fill the void at safety, the Rams decided to take the low end options, which basically means players currently on the roster and looking to rookies.
The team drafted USC safety T.J. McDonald in the 3rd round, which was a reach in many draft experts opinions. Undrafted free agent from Texas Tech Cody Davis was added to the roster after the draft, and last week the Rams added veteran safety Matt Giordano. The Rams also have Darian Stewart, Matt Daniels and Rodney McLeod at the position.
Both safety positions should be up for grabs. The Rams have Stewart penciled in as a starter, but nothing is set in stone. There's a reason that Giordano has been on four teams during his career. Daniels is still recovering from his ACL injury last season, and I personally don't remember McLeod last season. Then there's young rookies T.J. McDonald and Cody Davis, both of whom are talented but being young they will make mistakes.
It's still early, but the the Rams safety position will more than likely be the weak link of the defense. When you look at this group of safeties, it's hard to imagine a starting caliber player among the group. The Rams defense played well with Craig Dahl, but do the Rams have a player at safety that is that much better than Dahl? What about Mikell? Is there a player on the roster better than him?
Who will be the starters for the Rams? Early on, it appears that McDonald and Stewart are the front runners for the starting jobs; however, it wouldn't be a surprise if one of those two aren't starting. Head Coach Jeff Fisher didn't have a problem with placing running back Daryl Richardson over Isaiah Pead, so it wouldn't be a surprise if the same happened with the safeties.
The Rams will have a few months to decide who they will start at safety this season. Expect the battle for this position to be heated.
Who do you think will be the starting safeties for the Rams this season?