Holes in the Rams: Beef Up the Secondary and Bring On Laurinaitis!

Megan PowellContributor IMay 29, 2009

EARTH CITY, MO - MAY 2: Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams participates in drills during a mini camp on May 2, 2009 at the Russell Training Center in Earth City, Missouri.  (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The most glaring weakness that faces the Rams following free agency and the NFL draft has got to be the secondary, period.

That being said it could get a great boost immediately from the physical potential shutdown corner drafted, Alphonso Smith out of Wake Forest. I’ve seen a lot of this guy, and he can play. While much has been said about his size, I don’t buy it.  He’s instinctual, quick and I have no reason to believe he won’t be a top performer this year.

I’d venture a guess that Smith will overtake either an aging Ricky Manning Jr. or Fahkir Brown by their third or fourth game of the season, if not sooner.

Oshiomogho Atogwe and Ronald Bartell are both returning starters, but this Defense was nothing to write home about last year. With the secondary problems they had last year (near the bottom of the league in forced turnovers, i.e.: interceptions), I’d expect that this will be a major weak point.

After the secondary, line backers have got to be the area in desperate need of improvement from last year. But, as in the secondary, they did draft a stud to fill an LB spot: Jimmy James Laurinaitis!  My boy is gonna tear it up, may take awhile to adjust, but I see him doing nothing but big things!