St. Louis Rams fans can't wait for a new mock draft now that WR Brandon Lloyd has moved to the New England Patriots. The full prediction of the team's success may not be totally known until after the seven-round draft is done, but that won't keep us from thinking about the possibilities.
The Rams had nothing short of a terrible 2011. After being picked to win the NFC West, the injury bug hit the team hard—more so than any other NFL team. Here is a partial timeline of some of the more significant injuries from last season.
|Player Name||Position||Date of Injury||Injury Description|
|Jermelle Cudjo||DT||Aug. 7||Back|
|Jerome Murphy||CB||Aug. 12||Fractured Ankle|
|Ron Bartell||CB||Sept. 11||Fractured Vertebrae|
|Danny Amendola||WR||Sept. 11||Dislocated Shoulder / Torn Triceps|
|Bradley Fletcher||CB||Oct. 5||Torn ACL|
|Brian Jackson||CB||Oct. 29||Knee|
|Greg Salas||WR||Nov. 6||Fractured Fibula|
|Al Harris||CB||Nov. 13||Torn ACL|
|Michael Hoomanawanui||TE||Nov. 13||Torn ACL|
|Rodger Saffold||OT||Nov. 18||Torn Pectoral|
Looking at this list, it's not hard to see why the Rams weren't able to gain any ground. Injuries, especially to the secondary, devastated the team's ability to stay in games.
For St. Louis to have success in 2012, one of the first things it'll have to address is the cornerback position. However, does this necessarily mean that the first pick of the draft needs to be a cornerback?
Let's examine the team needs and then the possibilities that present themselves in the draft.