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Between Jake Long, Rodger Saffold and Joe Barksdale, the Rams have a trio of competent offensive tackles, but it's doubtful all three players will be on the opening-day roster.
Jake Long suffered a season-ending knee injury in late December, and his Week 1 status is questionable.
Meanwhile, Saffold is set to become a free agent this March, and he may be out of St. Louis' price range.
Barksdale is a capable right tackle, but the uncertainty at left tackle leaves the Rams with few options—they need to either re-sign Saffold or draft a tackle.
Assuming Saffold can stay healthy, he's certainly worth the money. But that's a risky assumption, considering he has missed 17 games in the last three seasons.
The Rams cannot afford to fork out a sizable contract to a player who can only stay on the field for 10 to 12 games per season.
The other option—drafting a tackle—will require Fisher to step out of his comfort zone. In his 19 years as a head coach, he has never drafted an offensive lineman in the first round.
However, this year could be an exception. Fisher's son plays football at Auburn, and Snead is a former Tiger himself. So Auburn's standout tackle, Greg Robinson, is certainly on their radar.
If the Rams can trade out of the No. 2 spot, don't be surprised if Robinson's name is called out when the Rams are on the clock this May.
If the Rams are unwilling to make an exception for Robinson, there's no other choice—they must ink Saffold to a long-term deal.