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The Rams need help at both cornerback and safety, but which position warrants an early draft pick?
In this draft class, there's a pretty clear drop-off in safety talent beyond Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor, but there's also a drop-off beyond cornerback Justin Gilbert and Darqueze Dennard (though not as drastic).
So if the Rams want a top-tier talent at either position, it will have to happen in the first round. And based on the team's history, since the arrival of Jeff Fisher in 2012, it's pretty clear which position the team values more.
Since Fisher and Snead took over, there has been zero indication that the team values safeties over cornerbacks.
The Rams made no effort to re-sign Quintin Mikell in free agency following the 2012 season. As a result, safety was a major need last offseason, and the team responded by waiting until the third round to draft T.J. McDonald (not exactly a sign of urgency).
Also, three of the five safeties on the roster last season entered the league as undrafted rookies. McDonald, along with journeyman veteran Matt Giordano, were the only exceptions. The team clearly has a desire to develop undervalued safeties rather than fork out a large investment.
As for cornerback, that's a different story...
The very first thing Fisher and Snead did after joining the Rams was to sign ex-Tennessee Titan cornerback Cortland Finnegan to a $50 million contract. Several months later, the team spent a second-round draft pick on Janoris Jenkins. And a few hours after that, the team grabbed Trumaine Johnson in the third round.
So based on the evidence, if it comes down to a safety or cornerback at No. 13 overall, it's obvious what the Rams will do.