The 2010 version of the St. Louis Rams gave us a glimpse of the future for this football team.
If the Rams continue to build up the talent base of this team, then the future is very bright in St. Louis. Sam Bradford played very well for a rookie starting quarterback and he is now the face of the franchise.
Bradford had an excellent season in 2010, despite not having a whole lot of weapons around him at the receiver position. He should only continue to get better, and I expect him to have some pro bowl seasons in his future. Steven Jackson is still one of the top running backs in the NFL, but he’s got a lot of miles on him now.
The Rams need to find a compliment for him that can allow him to have a break every once in awhile. None of the receivers currently on the team are true number one targets.
Donnie Avery, Mark Clayton, and the rest of the receiving group are no better than decent No. 2 options. Look for the Rams to try and find a No. 1 receiver with their first-rounder.
Michael Hoomanawanui showed some potential in his rookie season, but the Rams may still try to find a number one tight end in this year’s draft. The Rams have a pretty solid offensive line overall, especially at the tackle positions where they have Jason Smith and Rodger Saffold locked up for awhile. They could use an upgrade over Adam Goldberg at guard, but Jacob Bell is solid at the other spot.
The defense line was very surprising last season, as both defensive ends James Hall and Chris Long posted excellent seasons. They also found a solid backup pass rusher in the seventh round with George Selvie.
Fred Robbins played very well on the interior of the line, and the other tackle spot was held down by Gary Gibson. Gibson may be replaced next season by a more physical presence in his starting position next season.
James Laurinaitis is the leader of the defense and he should be a force at the inside linebacker position for years to come. The outside linebacker spots could both use some upgrades, as they had many different players start there last season, and none of them looked like potential starters.
The cornerback position has some young talent, with Ron Bartell and Bradley Fletcher as the starters. 2010 rookie Jerome Murphy has a lot of potential and he could challenge for the starting spot in a year or two.
Both safety positions are in need for upgrades, as current projected starters Craig Dahl and James Butler are more suited to be backups rather than starters.