So minus the nine respondents who ignored the scale in the story and in the form and suggested the Rams’ biggest needs are QB, DT, P and K (seriously, we are screwed as a species), here are the results:
2017 TST Roster Position Need Poll Results
- The signing of C John Sullivan affected the results at center, even though it persisted through the addition to maintain a grip on the top need. The average vote prior to the signing was 9.48; after the signing, it was 7.20. I’m surprised people were that blatantly affected by a center who will be 32-years old by Week 1 that has started one game in the last two seasons...but free agency is a panacea for so many people every year.
- The race between cornerback and safety was incredibly close. The results there weren’t heavily affected by the signing of Nickell Robey-Coleman.
- I expected tight end to be a bigger need. People really are buying into a combination of TE Tyler Higbee‘s innate talent level and new Rams Head Coach Sean McVay’s track record with the Washington Footballmen‘s tight ends, chiefly TE Jordan Reed.
- I don’t know many other teams that would proffer a duo of 35-year old Andrew Whitworth and Greg Robinson as their starting offensive tackles and have the fan base set offensive tackle as the sixth-biggest need. I’m not disagreeing with the vote either, but it’s a fair indication of how much serious work the roster needs.
- I would have rated inside linebacker a stronger need than 5.82. Both current projected starters, Alec Ogletree and Mark Barron, are facing new roles in 2017. The uncertainty there has to be a concern that new Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips will be keen to rectify before Week 1 of the 2018 season.
- I can guarantee if we run this poll at the end of the season, QB and RB won’t be this low.
- And is there any position that summons more fickleness than kicker? A year ago, people were ready to jettison Greg Zuerlein without a legitimate replacement in tow. Now, more than 70% of respondents rated the kicker position a ‘1.’
What surprises you about the results? Should those numbers skew a bit higher for a team that just went 4-12? Or does the youth and relative potential around the depth chart perhaps deserve a bit less concern?