With the rush of free agency in the rearview mirror it is time to focus in on the NFL Draft, specifically team draft needs. In this, the first of a series of articles, we look at the LA Rams draft needs for 2016 as we approach the April 28th 1st round from Chicago.
Despite what Rams GM Les Snead may say, history proves that it is an uphill struggle in the NFL to succeed without strong play from the QB position. Head Coach Jeff Fisher insisted Nick Foles was the man for the job but following last season has now voiced his reliance on Case Keenum. Neither Keenum, nor Foles, are equipped to provide the injection of star power at the QB ‘glamour’ position the Rams dearly need as they look to invigorate a new fan base in LA. Fans will want to see big signings and big names. Drafting a first round QB will tick a lot of these boxes. They won’t do it, but they should.
For any QB to be successful he needs weapons in the passing game and this is another area that the Rams currently fall short in. Tavon Austin showed flashes of the potential that saw him be a top 10 pick previously but more is needed from the position in order to be successful. The Rams fell towards the bottom of the NFL in passing yards last season and the production of potential superstar Todd Gurley will be much higher if the Rams can develop a passing attack that forces teams to remove a defender from ‘the box’ in run defence.
The strength of the Rams team last year was in their defense, a strength that works from the D-Line backwards. While the Rams largely kept their vaunted DL intact (Chris Long was a minor contributor last season) their secondary was decimated with the departures of Janoris Jenkins and Rodney McLeod in free agency. Look for the team to address these positions early in the draft. LA Rams draft needs list is long, as to be expected from a team without a winning record in 5 years and in order to compete in the ultra competitive NFC West GM Les Snead and HC Jeff Fisher need to hit on some picks early. If they don’t, neither is likely to be with the team in 2017. By James Raven