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Fixing the St. Louis Rams' O-Line: A 7th Round Center and Unicorn

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The St. Louis Rams appear to have a lot of work to do along their offensive line...but what if they don’t?

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I’m a fan of the St. Louis Rams.  I want the same thing you want:  I would like to see the Rams re-sign right tackle Joseph Barksdale, and I’d like to see them acquire the best free agent center, Stefen Wisniewski. I wouldn’t mind them locking down offensive guard Justin Blalock while they’re at it.

Of course I would.

But that doesn’t mean any of those acquisitions are destined to happen.  As a matter of fact, it’s fairly unlikely they do.  And it may be as a result of the Rams thinking they already have an answer to their vacancies along the offensive front.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Fisher again expresses confidence in Barrett Jones and mentions second-year Demetrius Rhaney as an option at center.</p>&mdash; Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) <a href="https://twitter.com/nwagoner/status/580755789515616256">March 25, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Ok...ok.  Those are definitely options.  And to be fair, Nick points out that they’re [merely] optimistic about these players.  Take it with a grain of salt.  It certainly doesn’t mean you need to waste ink filling out the Rams' depth chart at offensive line.  They may, or may not be, the plug-and-play answer for the 2015 season.

But what if they are?  The Rams are still in need of starters to replace Scott Wells [cap space] and Davin Joseph [awfulness].

Demetrius Rhaney is a 7th round pick [250th] from the 2014 season.  He was placed on injured reserve before the season even began, so he’s yet to play a meaningful snap.

I tried to catch up with the Rams’ 4th round selection from 2013 - Barrett Jones - but he promptly utilized his 5.43 forty yard dash time to escape.


The question is simple...