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2016 NFL Draft: St. Louis Rams Fall to 18th After Big Win

The Rams keep winning...and keep falling further in the pecking order

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When the Rams were eliminated from playoff contention, they were relegated to playing for moral victories and draft position. With the win in Seattle yesterday, you can emphatically check that first box. However, those moral victories are costing the Rams a shot at dynamic playmakers in the 2016 NFL Draft.

This excerpt from NFL.com puts the situation into perspective for the Rams:

18. St. Louis Rams
2015 record: 7-8 (.545)
Top need: Wide receiver
Other needs: Quarterback, cornerback, center
Senior prospects at positional needs: WR: D.J. Foster (Arizona State), Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma), Josh Doctson (TCU); QB: Connor Cook (Michigan State), Jacoby Brissett (North Carolina State), Trevone Boykin (TCU), Cody Kessler (USC); CB: Maurice Canady (Virginia), Danzel McDaniel (Kansas State), Will Redmond (Mississippi State); Center: Nick Martin (Notre Dame), Mike Matthews (Texas A&M).
Analysis: Another year, another draft in which the Rams need to find a wide receiver they can build their passing game around because that guy doesn't appear to be on the roster -- still. Even if the Rams finally find a true WR1, do they have a quarterback they trust to build around? That's becoming extremely doubtful. The Rams could use more talent at center, and with both starting CBs set for free agency, the Rams might decide to make that position an early round priority.

Will the Rams be able to find a QB or dynamic #1 WR at #18? That seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened (like Aaron Donald falling to #13). While you will hear no complaints from me regarding the Rams winning streak, it's bittersweet when it comes in garbage time.