In all likelihood, the St. Louis Rams’ offensive line is going to have a few new faces in 2015. It’s uncertain, at this point, whether the team will opt to retain offensive tackle Jake Long [knee] and veteran center Scott Wells, both of whom were starters last year. Starting right tackle Joseph Barksdale, who’s played very well for the Rams, will be coveted in free agency. His return to St. Louis is no sure thing.
The Rams will need to look to free agency and the NFL Draft in order to fill holes at both tackle and guard. Luckily, days one and two of the upcoming draft are loaded with top tier offensive lineman.
Watch, as the NFL Network’s "Path to the Draft" crew debates the draft's best offensive line prospects...
Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis both take Florida offensive tackle D.J. Humphries as the draft’s best offensive lineman. Duke's Laken Tomlinson received high praise as the draft’s best guard. And Andrus "Quadzilla" Peat, whose name often appears in Rams’ mock drafts, could be a great fit as Davis notes his play in a "heavy, run-first" offense at Stanford.
One name not mentioned, probably to the surprise of many, was Iowa tackle Brandon Scherff. Scherff has become a popular name to plug in at the 10th overall spot, where the Rams are selecting in the first round.
If the Rams choose to trade down in the first round, though, it provides them an opportunity to take not one, but potentially two very talented lineman who could be - and may need to be - immediate contributors come September.
[Other] Potential Day 1 Prospects
* Brandon Scherff, OT/G, Iowa
* La’El Collins, OT/G, LSU
* T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pitt
* Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
[Other] Potential Day 2 Prospects
* Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
* Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State
* Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma
* Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
* D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida
* Cameron Erving, OG/C, Florida State
* Arie Kouandijo, OG, Alabama
* A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina
* Tre’ Jackson, OG, Florida State
* Ali Marpet, OG, Hobart