Monday, July 12, 2010

Power Ranking Number 31: St. Louis Rams

Yes, Rams fans you do have the number one pick in this past April’s NFL draft in quarterback Sam Bradford and a Pro Bowl running back in Steven Jackson but besides that there isn’t much more to look forward to, but the good thing is that this is a team on the rise. If Bradford can get into camp on time and start week one of the season he has the ability to be a very good quarterback in this league. When I look at Bradford he reminds me of Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons and we have seen what Ryan has been able to do for the Falcons and they have a big physical running back in Michael Turner just like Rams do with Jackson. The offensive line is young and improving and should be helped out with the return of last year number two overall pick Jason Smith going into his second year and second round pick rookie Rodger Saffold as the book end offensive tackles.

The biggest question on offensive is the skill players besides Jackson, sure wide receiver Donnie Avery is a good receiver but is more of a number two receiver then a number one, they did draft wide receiver Mardy Gilyard out of Cincinnati and wide receiver Laurent Robinson is coming back from a season end injury he has last season and both of those players should help.

On defense last year’s second round pick James Laurinaitis had a great rookie season and he is someone to build a defense around. Everyone in St. Louis is hoping that third year player Chris Long has a breakout season this year and the Rams where able to keep their best secondary player in safety O.J. Atogwe.

The Rams aren’t a playoff team and still lack talent, but they are a team on the rise and if Bradford can be that franchise type quarterback that everyone thinks he can, watch out for the Rams in a few seasons.

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