A Trade Down for David DeCastro or Cordy Glenn by the St. Louis Rams?
It’s obvious the St. Louis Rams need help along their offensive line given the fact that quarterback Sam Bradford was sacked a league-high 55 times in 2011. The team also scored only 193 points last year which was the lowest total in the NFL by a significant margin. Most of these lowly statistics were caused by lackluster play on the offensive line which led the Rams to overhaul the majority of the unit.
Now comes the dubious task of retooling the men in the trenches and while most of the talk has centered around skill players for the Rams with the sixth overall selection, let’s discuss the possibility of a less glamorous pick.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch pointed out the team’s shortcomings in drafting interior linemen as the club hasn’t drafted either a guard or a center since 2008. Most of the picks used on such players prior to that were only short-term fixes as the combination of bad luck with injuries or sub-par play forced the team to turn the page on those draftees.
All of the talk about the Rams considering trading down again had many wondering if they perhaps believed that wide receivers Justin Blackmon or Michael Floyd would be available in the middle of round one, but maybe that isn’t the strategy at all. A trade down would put both massive guard/tackle Cordy Glenn of Georgia and Stanford standout David DeCastro in the mix for the team.
Glenn is a mauler that has been consistently moving up draft boards and could provide and instant upgrade in the running game. DeCastro’s pedigree is well-known as he is widely considered the second best lineman in the draft behind USC tackle Matt Kalil. Either one of these guys could start from day one and would provide an immediate impact in both keeping Bradford upright and paving the way for Steven Jackson to run wild.
Guard isn’t a sexy position to draft in the first round and very few have actually been selected early on in recent years, but the combination of talent and team need make both Glenn and DeCastro strong possibilities for the Rams in two short weeks.