Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the St. Louis Rams [full archive here].
Season Recap – Rookie QB Sam Bradford helped lead the Rams to their best season since 2006, as they finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs by one game. Steve Spagnuolo’s philosophies are beginning to take shape and now that Bradford is under center, expect the Rams to be a contender in the NFC West.
1. Defensive Line – With the Giants, “Spags” had a plethora of D-lineman and would rotate them throughout the game causing many miss matches. The Rams don’t have the same type of personnel, so adding more pieces the D-line will be a priority this offseason. Chris Long is set at one end spot, but the Rams need to get someone across from him. With the strength of the defensive line class, the Rams can grab a starter (or two) in the first two rounds.
2. Wide Receiver - St. Louis has a good core of receivers. Danario Alexander, Donnie Avery, Brandon Gibson, Mardy GIlyard, and Danny Amendola deserve roster spots, but none put fear into an opposing defense. The Rams need to find a true number one target for Bradford as he continues to grow and develop. Selecting Julio Jones would be a dream come true, but with his strong combine performance he might not be available. Sidney Rice and Braylon Edwards are options in free agency.
3. Safety – This need has moved up in the order due to the departure of O.J Atogwe. The Rams could use upgrades at both safety positions and should be active in free agency, due to the overall lack of depth in the draft.
4. Right Guard – 2010 starter Adam Goldberg had a poor season and with book-end tackles Jason Smith and Rodger Saffold set in stone, the Rams can begin finding interior lineman. Center Jason Brown is good, but both guard positions could be upgraded.
5. Outside Linebacker – The Rams could use an upgrade at both outside linebacker spots. James Laurinaitis is great in the middle, but David Vobora and Chris Chamberlain are not ideal. Mason Foster would fill the need in round two.