ST. LOUIS (Football StL) -- When Jeff Fisher took over the Rams one of the first things he said was “we won’t have the second pick in the draft again”. Fisher was confident he could coach the team to a record that would mean they wouldn’t be drafting that high again. He was right, for this year anyway.
With their 7-8-1 record the Rams own the 16th overall pick in round one of next spring’s draft. They also own the Washington Redskins’ first round pick, which will be no lower than 21st overall. Let’s hope the Rams beef up the offense with those picks.
As much progress as the Rams made this season they still have a pedestrian offense. They finished 23rd in the league in total offense. They were 25th in points scored. Those numbers have to improve if the Rams are going to be serious contenders.
The Rams still need playmakers. Difference making skill position players. If Steven Jackson decides to test the free agent market and signs with another team the Rams will be in serious trouble. What would their offense look like without him? Frightening thought. If Jackson leaves, it seems likely the Rams would have to spend one of those first round picks on a running back. Even if Jackson stays, the Rams still need to find another back with speed.
Daryl Richardson showed some promise early in the season, but his stats and playing time tailed off at the end of the year. Isaiah Pead wasn’t given enough work to make much of an impact.
The Rams also need help on the offensive line. It took until game 15 for the Rams to break a streak of 30 consecutive games in which Sam Bradford had been sacked. If one of the premier offensive tackles is still on the board when the Rams pick in round one it would seem to make sense to grab him.
Of course we’re a long way away from the draft and many things could change between now and April. The Rams defense is pretty solid. The offense is a different matter. Hopefully Jeff Fisher and Les Snead can fix that issue this off-season.