Last season, the Rams showed the football world they were ready to compete.
In a recent interview, Rams GM Billy Devaney stated that when you look at all of the elite teams in the league, virtually all of them built themselves through the draft. Devaney also stated that is what he wants to do with the Rams—draft a solid group of individuals who can grow together and hopefully evolve into Super Bowl champions.
A few years ago, it was almost a guarantee the Rams would make the wrong pick. Draftees such as Ryan Pickett, Adam Carriker and Robert Thomas are long gone. Over the last three seasons, however, the Rams have made great selections in the first round.
Chris Long, a defensive end out of Virginia, has turned into one of the better pass rushers in football. Jason Smith, an offensive tackle out of Baylor, is one of the key pieces of an offensive line that saw tremendous improvement last season. Sam Bradford, a quarterback deemed too much of a health liability out of Oklahoma, is looking like a future star of the NFL.
Can the Rams make another solid pick this season? Let us review all of the possibilities that could be available when they select with the 14th overall pick.
(Note: interest meter is the projected amount of interest the Rams have in a prospect based on my research)