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Not so sure about that

February 12, 2024 09:25AM
First off the Rams are transitioning philosophically from a zone approach where small or non-high-drafted OL can fill roles on the interior to a power/duo approach where physical power is more of a premium. So their previous prioritizations might have changed.

Secondly Boom is gone this offseason, so the Rams will only be paying one OL on this line, that being Havenstein. And Havenstein is a relative bargain for what he provides us.

Third unless a guy like Smith hits FA and the Rams elect to pay him instead, they may just pay Dotson which has the advantage of ensuring the Center position is protected, which means they have some room for error in the draft selection since whoever it is will have studs on either side of him. Which means they can take a brainy pivot which also has the benefit of being ready in a year or two to help a young QB by managing the pre-snap calls.

So signing Dotson ensures the OL is ready to go week one. You know what you have. And also at that point they know they have Jackson a year out from FA at LT, and he is a guy who is let's say "passable" on the blindside, which means it may be hard to determine his worth. Which means by extension that they are probably prioritizing LT if at all possible in this draft. This is not to say it will be there for them at 19 of course. But a best case scenario for the OL would be to sign Dotson and then draft a LT at the top.

That would give us Jackson/Rookie at LT which is very nice. It would give us a great pairing at OG. And it would give us a deep OL with answers for either injury or the future. Oh and who knows... Maybe Bruss returns on top of that and upgrades our depth on the interior.

Now I admit us drafting LT on top of signing Dotson is unlikely. Might even be overkill, but I can dream.
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  PFF projects free agent price tag for this Rams offensive lineman

BerendsenRam463February 12, 2024 08:16AM

  At that price, Dotson is a 3rd round comp pick waiting to happen…

Rams43129February 12, 2024 09:05AM

  Re: At that price, Dotson is a 3rd round comp pick waiting to happen…

alyoshamucci156February 12, 2024 09:06AM

  We Don't Pay $17 mil for Guards

azramfan131February 12, 2024 09:07AM

  Hopefully another Noteboom or Allen!! or better yet

ferragamo79102February 12, 2024 09:24AM

  Re: Hopefully another Noteboom or Allen!! or better yet

BerendsenRam69February 12, 2024 07:02PM

  Re: Stinging point why you keep him

leafnose36February 13, 2024 07:06AM

  Not so sure about that

merlin103February 12, 2024 09:25AM

  agree- Rams have $$ again but not like that

LMU9382February 12, 2024 10:13AM

  I wouldn't bet my house on that.

RockRam93February 12, 2024 11:33AM

  Re: I wouldn't bet my house on that.

BerendsenRam67February 12, 2024 12:00PM

  Re: We Don't Pay $17 mil for Guards

VANRAM34February 13, 2024 07:36AM

  Re: We Don't Pay $17 mil for Guards

BerendsenRam51February 13, 2024 09:47AM

  Re: We Don't Pay $17 mil for Guards

ClstRam38February 13, 2024 10:03AM

  Re: We Don't Pay $17 mil for Guards

BerendsenRam44February 13, 2024 11:48AM

  At that price...

DaJudge106February 12, 2024 09:30AM

  I do not see him getting that

headslapper79February 12, 2024 12:01PM

  Re: I do not see him getting that

BerendsenRam67February 12, 2024 01:13PM

  No way I would keep him under those conditions

dodgerram54February 12, 2024 10:46PM

  Pay him unless... free agent price tag for this Rams offensive lineman

nantucketramfan70February 13, 2024 01:12AM

  excellent post

ferragamo7957February 13, 2024 05:48AM

  Re: Priority: Keeping Stafford safe

mtramfan40February 13, 2024 10:24AM

  Maybe Stafford can adjust his salary to help keep him.

fullcurl19February 14, 2024 06:48AM