Runnin’ Rams: 2015 Edition
The St. Louis Rams decided that the leagues 20th ranked rushing attack was not good enough for a Jeff Fisher squad. So they drafted Todd Gurley with the tenth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. They then proceeded to make sure they have the guys needed to block for Gurley and Tre Mason by drafting three offensive tackles with their next four picks.
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After committing to Gurley with the tenth overall pick, the Rams decided they are going to help this kid be successful no matter what the cost. They draft Rob Havenstein, a 6’7 offensive tackle from Wisconsin, in the second round. They follow that up with offensive tackle Jamon Brown from Louisville in the third round. And then the Rams continued the theme of getting blockers in the fourth round by drafting Andrew Donnal, a 6’6 offensive tackle from Iowa. They also added a guard late in the draft when they took Cody Wichmann from Fresno State in the sixth round.
So the precedent was set early for the Rams to get plenty of guys up front that can push people around and create holes for their talented young backs. But their second pick in the third round is the one that surprised everyone. They drafted quarterback Sean Mannion from Oregon State. This was a surprise for several reasons. Number one, you just made an off-season trade to acquire Nick Foles and end the Sam Bradford era in St. Louis. I would assume the Rams were comfortable with Foles and planned on him being the QB of the future. Secondly, not only do you take a quarterback in the third round, you took a less known guy when Bryce Petty and Brett Hundley were still available. This leads me to believe that Mannion was very high on the Rams radar and they see huge potential in him. I think you will see an open competition between Foles and Mannion in training camp with Foles having the edge. Either way, it seems that the focus will no doubt be running the ball so there should be less pressure on either guy to carry the team.
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Jeff Fisher’s MO over the years dating back to Tennessee has been a solid running game and defense. They ranked 26th in rushing attempts last season and you can guarantee that will change this year. Adding Gurley to complement Tre Mason, who really came along late in the season last year, makes St. Louis a dangerous running team. And they apparently will have the horses to run behind too. They also added what I think will be a solid pro in Bud Sasser, WR from Missouri. Sasser is a possession type guy that goes right at 6’3. He will fit in nicely with Kenny Britt, Brian Quick, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. The Rams did not neglect the defense by wrapping up the 2015 NFL Draft by selecting Bryce Hager, a linebacker from Baylor and Martin Ifedi, a defensive end from Memphis.
I like teams that know where they’re going, what they have to address, and have a plan of how to get it done. That summarizes the St. Louis Rams 2015 draft class. The Rams knew they had to get better running the ball. They took a chance on a guy that could develop into the next Marshawn Lynch. They also wasted no time in getting guys that can block for him and Tre Mason. The Rams for sure accomplished one thing in the draft without a doubt, they added beef up front. They also managed to add a backup plan at QB. Between Foles and Mannion, along with an improved front line, the QB position at the very least should not be a liability for the Rams this year. I give them a lot of credit for knowing what they have to do to compete in the NFC West with the likes of Seattle, San Francisco and Arizona. If it works out, they could finish second in the NFC West ahead of San Francisco and Arizona. They had an obvious goal in this years draft, now its time to execute.
Overall Draft Grade: B
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