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Re: Follow the pattern...

April 07, 2021 08:39PM
Lots of centers already on the team......
......a signal to the rest of the league we're not going center?

David Long is the slot corner?
.....no CB high either?

LB? Maybe a late flier

Stafford is on board hopefully through age 38?

Watch them shock everybody and take a CB, C, QB with the first 3 picks, then follow that up with LB.

My observation with the Rams is that they're not completely unpredictable if one follows their patterns/actions over their words.

I'm sure they feel a center is already on the team. The pattern since Snead has been GM is to not approach the draft with an acute need. They didn't pick anyone up for center and had no desire whatsoever to extend Blythe so it means they genuintely don't feel it's an acute need.

Sure, they probably feel David Long could be the slot corner. Their pattern since McVay came on board has been to draft for needs early and then let the youngsters step into bigger roles. Long would be up next. Although on this one, I wonder how committed they are to him because per Troy Hill the Rams offered him the same money he got in Cleveland.

But even if David Long is the slot corner, that doesn't mean no CB high. Their pattern has been to draft for future needs.

So where will the holes be next year?

If D-Will walks - which seems likely given he might cost $20M - they'll need an outside CB.

If Whit retires - which seems likely given his age - they probably need a LT.

SJD, who they apparently love, will be an unrestricted free agent. Gaines is already in house to replace him but with the loss of Fox and Brockers this year, the DL room is getting thinner. So my best guess is, given their pattern of filling holes early and the other pattern of making the DL one of the highest priorities on the team, they draft some DL depth. Maybe multiple picks.

In addition to Whit's possible retirement, they have 6 pending OL free agents - Corbett, Noteboom, Allen, Shelton, Brewer, and Demby. The last 2 guys will be exclusive right free agents so very easy to bring back. That still leaves 4 who could leave. If they stick with the pattern of drafting for future needs, OL should get some attention. Maybe multiple picks.

In the ILB room, they have 4 pending free agents - Young, Kiser, Howard, and Reeder. The last 2 guys will be restricted free agents so there's a decent chance they'll be back but not guaranteed. If they stick to the pattern of drafting for future needs ILB may get some attention. If they stick to the pattern of drafting ILB late, which has been the case as long as Snead has been GM, ILB will get attention with late picks.

As for WR, they talked several times about needing more explosive plays and signed Jackson to short 1 year contract. This is a deep WR draft, they like to get picks in a year early, and they've had meetings with at least half a dozen WRs so I would expect a WR at some point.

So there you have it. My prediction is along the lines of CB, LT, IOL, DL, WR, and ILB late.

  100th episode:11 Personnel - Les Snead with Jourdan - talks Blythe. more

RamsFanSince69380April 07, 2021 11:15AM

  On Blythe

PHDram179April 07, 2021 11:40AM

  If he was better they would have signed him

merlin79April 07, 2021 06:55PM

  He dropped some gems in there. I'll add a few

Ram_Ruler176April 07, 2021 06:11PM

  good stuff....

PA4889April 07, 2021 07:09PM

  Yeah I came to the conclusion that he wasn't just blowing smoke

Ram_Ruler99April 07, 2021 07:49PM

  CB's dropping?

PA4826April 08, 2021 02:18PM

  Re: Follow the pattern...

dzrams95April 07, 2021 08:39PM

  SJD, Gaines, and the DL

merlin73April 08, 2021 04:44AM

  Re: SJD, Gaines, and the DL

PHDram37April 08, 2021 06:06AM

  Re: SJD, Gaines, and the DL

merlin33April 08, 2021 09:31AM

  Re: SJD, Gaines, and the DL

PHDram27April 08, 2021 03:49PM

  Re: Follow the pattern...

Rams4333April 08, 2021 06:29AM

  Astute observations

PHDram46April 08, 2021 06:31AM

  Re: Astute observations

Rams4341April 08, 2021 06:37AM

  Re: Astute observations

dzrams38April 08, 2021 06:47AM

  Yes he said that: and that Blythe is a keeper and Goff is their guy... for now

RockRam30April 08, 2021 08:17AM

  Re: Ah, nuance matters...

dzrams29April 08, 2021 09:34AM

  thanks for the summation, RR nm

21Dog31April 08, 2021 05:38AM

  Anytime! NM

Ram_Ruler13April 08, 2021 06:05AM

  Re: You gave a much better summary than me!

RamsFanSince6920April 08, 2021 09:43AM

  maybe it's just me, but I have to admit...

LMU93100April 08, 2021 04:34AM

  Re: Another Snead smokescreen?

oldschoolramfan49April 08, 2021 06:26AM

  Re: maybe it's just me, but I have to admit...

zn61April 08, 2021 08:24AM