The Rams were awful last season, and hence have a lot of holes to fill. The only productive player they had on offense was Steven Jackson, who still managed to rush for over 1400 yards last season, but only crossed the goal line on the ground four times.
Donnie Avery wasn’t bad at wide receiver, catching five touchdowns, but he doesn’t look like a legitimate No. 1 receiver to me. Bulger, Boller, and Null were all pretty terrible at quarterback, and combined to be sacked 44 times.
The defense wasn’t great either, but when you barely average 11 points per game, I think the offense becomes your top priority. The Rams will probably take quarterback Sam Bradford first overall, but I think it would be a mistake.
If they draft Bradford, they’re taking a big risk by drafting a quarterback recovering from surgery on his throwing shoulder. Not only that, but he’ll likely be thrown right into the fire from day one and history tells us that doesn’t normally work out well (see Joey Harrington).
If it was my call, I would try to trade down to get a pick between fourth and eighth overall. I don’t think it’s a strong quarterback class, and this team needs a lot of work.
If they’re still this bad next year, they’ll have the opportunity to draft Jake Locker from Washington, who looks like a much stronger pro prospect.
Trading down enables them to get a few more picks later in the draft, and still allows them to draft a solid offensive lineman to help protect which quarterback takes over the starting job from the recently-released Bulger. Trade down and take Russell Okung.