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No matter which positions the Rams decide, or are forced to decide, to address in the first round, there will be plenty of quality candidates who will be able to instantly contribute.
The Rams offensive line, while not nearly as bad as the Arizona Cardinals or probably even the Chicago Bears, needs to be addressed at some point in the draft.
But Jeff Fisher has never drafted an offensive lineman in the first round.
There is a first time for everything, right?
If Fisher and General Manager Les Snead decide that the Rams' need for an O-lineman is dire enough to justify a first-round pick, they will have options. Well, at least one.
Sadly, the top two tackles—Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher—will most likely be off the board by the time the Rams' first pick comes up.
As previously mentioned, Oklahoma's Lane Johnson had a Senior Bowl performance that was impressive enough to have some dub him a top 10 pick.
D.J. Fluker will be available for the Rams, probably even at number 22 (the second of their two first-round picks). But there is a reason for that. Fluker's stock has been falling almost as fast as Johnson's has been rising. NFLDraftScout.com calls Fluker a borderline first-round pick. If Jeff Fisher ever takes a tackle in the first round, it's not going to be a borderline selection.
If Johnson is gone before the Rams pick at number 16, they would be wise to wait until a later round to select a tackle.
Fortunately for the Rams, they might have an opportunity to draft either of the top two guards available in the 2013 NFL draft.
Alabama's Chance Warmack is projected by some to fall as low as No. 16.
North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper, a great player in his own right who would provide an immediate upgrade, could be had with the second of their first rounders.
The only linebacker the Rams might have an opportunity to draft in the first round who would be worthy of such lofty consideration is Georgia's Alec Ogletree. Listed as an inside linebacker, Ogletree's 4.6 second 40-yard dash speed would make him a capable fit on the outside.
Baylor's Terrance Williams will likely be available. So could Tennessee's Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson. No to mention Cal's Keenan Allen and West Virginia's Tavon Austin.
All of these players could immediately contribute in the Rams' anemic offense, but the wide receiver group in this year's draft is so deep, the Rams might be better off waiting until the second round to address this particular need.
Texas' Kenny Vaccaro is the unanimous leader of the pack at the safety position. As such, he might be off the board by the time the Rams pick at No. 16.
Florida's Matt Elam is also worthy of first-round consideration. However, the safety pool is nearly as deep as the wide reciever's. The Rams could wait and still pick up a solid player in a subsequent round.
Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert and Standford's Zach Ertz are the two first-round options. Neither one is proficient at blocking, but that is something that can be coached up. Ertz has the better hands. If they take a first-round tight end, something Fisher has done in the past, it is probably going to be Ertz.
Mizzou's Sheldon Richardson could still be available at No. 16. So could Georgia's Jonathan Jenkins.
Though the Rams don't need help at defensive tackle nearly as much as they do at the positions listed above, Kendall Langford was somewhat of a disappointment in 2012, and Fisher has a penchant for taking nasty D-tackles early in drafts.
The Rams could shock just about everybody and take North Carolina's Giovani Bernard with one of their two first rounders.
Bernard is compact, quick and decisive. He is sure to be a handful for NFL defenses.
Alabama's Eddie Lacy, on the other hand, is a bull. This guy will run over defenders without breaking stride. If Steven Jackson leaves, Lacy could fill his role—not as adeptly, but he would be serviceable.