Rams want to run, go big on Day 2
The St. Louis Rams followed up their obvious attempt to become more of a running team on Friday night by drafting some blockers for their 10th overall pick Todd Gurley. They draft big 6’7 offensive tackle from Wisconsin Rob Havenstein in the 2nd Round, then select another offensive tackle in the 3rd Round, Jamon Brown from Louisville. The Rams then shocked their faithful by selecting 6’6 QB Sean Mannion from Oregon State with the 89th pick in the 3rd Round. The Rams are definitely drafting with the purpose of rebuilding their core.
Photo: David Stluka/AP
Photo: Mark Konezny/USA TODAY Sports
It’s obvious why you draft these two guys this early in the draft if you’re the Rams. For one, you just took a chance on Todd Gurley with the 10th pick in the draft and he is going to need some holes to run through. Secondly, your franchise quarterback last year, Sam Bradford went down early in the year with a season ending injury so you need some additional protection for whomever the Rams QB will be to start the season. If you would have asked me who the Rams QB would be this year, I would have said Nick Foles definitively up until about 10 pm CT Friday night. The Rams complicated their QB picture, much like their RB picture is, by drafting Mannion with the 89th overall pick. St. Louis also passed on Bryce Petty and Bret Hundley who were still available QB’s at the time.
Jordan Palmer warned us that teams will fall in love with Mannion…
The Rams have accomplished big strides in getting to be that running team that Jeff Fisher would like them to be, but now they have some questions to address. What exactly are you going to do at quarterback now. It was assumed you gave up Sam Bradford because you thought Nick Foles could be your franchise guy. Now you draft a QB in the 3rd Round which should give Foles reason to be nervous. You also have Case Keenum who is itching to finally get his chance to be the number 1 guy. So while the Rams are adding talent to their roster, they are also complicating things a bit.
Speaking of complicating things, Zac Stacy has now expressed the desire to be moved out of St. Louis since the Rams drafted Gurley in the 1st Round. So the Rams RB depth chart at the moment most likely looks like this: Todd Gurley, Tre Mason, Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham. I’m sure Stacy feels like he should be the number one guy but with the late emergence of Tre Mason last year and the fact that you took Gurley at 10 overall, Stacy is not likely to see many touches.
We will have to keep a close eye on what the Rams do with the rest of this draft for clues as to what the team may look like this year. It is clear they want to run the ball. They are also adding talent that can help immediately. They will have some hard decisions to make about the depth chart going into the season. This year’s training camp and pre-season will be extremely important if the Rams plan on being a contender for the NFC West crown this year.
Day 2 Draft Grade: B
How do you feel about the direction the Rams are going headed into the new season? Leave us your comments below.
Brandon covers the NFL for MyFantasySportsTalk.Com, you can follow him on Twitter @New_Breid
He is from Memphis and graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in broadcast journalism. He loves the Memphis Tigers, Grizzlies, Titans, and Arkansas State Red Wolves.
“I promise to bring information, insight, and strong opinion. Let the debate begin.”
You can follow Brandon on Twitter @New_Breid