The Big 12: The Answer To the Rams' Offensive Problems

Jordan DukeContributor IIDecember 6, 2009

MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners look to pass against the Florida Gators during the FedEx BCS National Championship game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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At  1-10, the Rams are inevitably going to get a top five pick in the 2010 NFL draft. The Rams have been able to stick with the last few teams they’ve played (lost to Saints by 5, to Arizona by 8, to Seattle by 10 and Chicago by 8).

The defense has not given up a crazy amount of points in those loses either. Based on their recent performances as well as their performances this whole season, it’s the offense that is keeping the St. Louis Rams from winning games (ranked 24th in the NFL).

However, it’s not the whole offense, rather the passing game of the Rams that struggles. In fact, St. Louis has one of the finest running backs in the NFL, Steven Jackson. Therefore, the Rams’ need to focus on their passing game in the upcoming NFL draft and they need to look no further than the Big 12. In the first round, the Rams should select Sam Bradford, Jordan Shipley in the second, and Danario Alexander in the third.

Sam Bradford:
Height: 6-4   Weight: 218

Despite the fact that he was injured most of this season, Bradford will still be one of the top prospects in the coming draft. The Rams desperately need a new quarterback to build their offense around and Bradford has the talent to be that quarterback.

Jordan Shipley:
Height: 6-0     Weight: 190

With a 40 time of 4.37, Shipley is just the kind of receiver the Rams currently lack. He’s able to be a play maker on offense and can return punts and kicks on special teams. While his chemistry with Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was a factor in his college success, Shipley will still be a solid receiver in the NFL.

Danario Alexander:
Height: 6-5     Wight: 215

Alexander is a large and physical receiver but by no means lacks speed. Plagued by injuries his sophomore and junior seasons, Alexander entered this season immensely underrated. Even though he is predicted to go in the third or fourth round, Alexander is going to develop into one of the best receivers in the NFL and is exactly the kind of receiver the Rams need.

Overall, these three players would greatly improve the Rams offense as well as relieve some of the responsibility of Steven Jackson to carry the offense. However, the Rams also need an offensive coordinator with plenty of experience.

While Steve Spagnuolo is a good coach, he was a defensive coordinator before coming to the Rams. With little emphasis currently on the offense, the Rams need a strong offensive coordinator and the best available man for the job would be Mike Shanahan.

Not only did Shanahan help lead the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl XXIX win, but he also developed Jay Cutler into one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks. With a solid draft and a new offensive coordinator, the Rams may actually become competitive in the next few years.