In the 2011 season, the St. Louis Rams were hindered heavily due to their injuries that they suffered throughout the season. When it was all said and done, they had placed 16 players on injured reserve. Although their franchise quarterback Sam Bradford was not a causality to the list of players on the IR, he was hurt on and off throughout the year. There was never a consistent flow of offensive production as the season went on and they finished with the leagues worst scoring offense.
In the 2012 off-season, the Rams need to address:
1) Addressing draft needs with healthy players: I believe the top three needs for the St. Louis Rams going into this off-season is: Wide Receiver, Offensive Tackle, and Cornerback. The main story line in St. Louis for this off-season should be to build around Sam Bradford while keeping him healthy at the same time. Since they are drafting number two overall in this draft, it is easy to say early on that they have their eye on the number one wide receiver in this draft, Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State). Other possible prospects that will be available to the Rams are both the Offensive Tackle Matt Kalil out of USC and the Cornerback Morris Claiborne out of LSU. All the players would fill their top three needs.
2) There is talk that the Rams are already in discussions to trade their number two overall pick to teams such as the Browns, Redskins, Dolphins, and Seahawks who all have quarterback needs. Most likely these four teams would attempt to trade up and draft Baylor Quarterback Robert Griffin III. With that being said, if the Rams do decide to trade back, and depending on how far back they go, they can still hit on certain needs that they can address. (Riley Reiff / OT) (Dre Kirkpatrick / CB) (Jonathan Martin / OT)
Top Free Agents – 1) Brandon Lloyd – WR
Written By – David Rantisi- NFL Draft and Scouting Combine Writer
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