Scouts and coaches are currently being consumed by the NFL Scouting Combine, but there's one upcoming hurdle teams must overcome before focusing solely on the draft—free agency.
Whereas the draft is still two months away, the St. Louis Rams have just over two weeks to solidify their strategy for free agency.
The open market will allow the Rams to fortify their depth and possibly add some key starters, and the outcome of their shopping spree will directly influence their selections on draft day.
But with just $10 million in spending money (an guesstimate that Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post Dispatch makes) and two major assets needing to be re-signed (Steven Jackson, Danny Amendola), it will take careful and meticulous planning if they wish to make a splash in free agency.
With few financial resources at their disposal, the Rams will most likely avoid flashy names and high price tags. On the contrary, they'll focus on reasonably priced young players who are just entering their prime.
With that in mind, here are five moves the Rams must certainly avoid.