St. Louis Rams: 2012 NFL Draft and Free Agency Priorities Ranked

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St. Louis Rams: 2012 NFL Draft and Free Agency Priorities Ranked
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Justin Blackmon- Wide Receiver

Make no mistake, the St. Louis Rams' 2012 NFL Draft and free agency period will be Jeff Fisher's as the Rams look to build a team capable of reaching a Super Bowl just as Eli Manning's New York Giants and Tom Brady's New England Patriots did Sunday (as the Giants took out the San Francisco 49ers and the Patriots knocked off the Baltimore Ravens).   

Without question, St. Louis will be Fisher's team going forward and constructed according to his overall vision for the Rams.

Fisher will have a say in who ultimately lands at general manager.  Normally, the general manager has a big say in hiring the head coach.  With that said, Fisher may not technically have final authority in the war room on draft day, but make no mistake: He will have final authority on draft day. 

He may not possess a title that says so, but the seasoned head coach with a Super Bowl appearance under his belt will absolutely be carrying the "big stick" around Rams Park.

Knowing this, Fisher's philosophies and style must be factored into the ranking of the Rams' free agent and draft priorities.

If St. Louis owner Stan Kroenke had hired a Mike Martz-type of head coach, for example, the rankings of the Rams' likely priorities would almost certainly be a bit different than that of Fisher's.  

Fisher has always believed that a team should be built from the inside out, starting with the lines. Although his Tennessee Titans teams had some very good passing years, his bread-and-butter has been, and will likely continue to be, a power running attack combined with the play-action pass to create a synergy.  

Although Fisher had some good receivers in Tennessee such as Derrick Mason, Kevin Dyson, Frank Wycheck, Yancey Thigpen and (gasp) Drew Bennett, none compare with the likes of Isaac Bruce or Torry Holt.  

The Rams No. 2 overall selection is valued at 2,600 points.  Quite interestingly, rumored potential trade partner Cleveland possesses the fourth and 22nd selections, totaling 2,580 points.  The addition of a mid sixth-round pick would bring the Browns and Rams to equal footing based on the NFL's draft value chart.

However, with a new team-friendly collective bargaining agreement in place where top-five picks no longer cost a fortune and teams do not have to be as leery to trade up as before when a busted top pick could set a franchise back for years, teams are more likely to trade up and give up more to get there.

That said, a top-five pick like that possessed by the Rams is even more valuable.  If the Rams were to trade with Cleveland, look for St. Louis to attain even more in return than what is depicted above. 

With all that said and Fisher's predominant philosophy in mind, let's take a look at how the Rams offseason NFL draft and free agency priorities likely stack up.    

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