2013 NFL Draft: Top Five Priorities for the St. Louis Rams
Head Coach Jeff Fisher
The St. Louis Rams are on the rise. The only element that is not exciting about this is that the Rams are in the NFC West where the champion San Francisco 49ers and upstart Seattle Seahawks reside.
It is an exciting time for Rams’ fans. Jeff Fisher, a proven winner and a likeable and marketable head coach loaded with respect throughout the league is just getting started. Fisher inherited a few star players, like quarterback Sam Bradford and defensive end Chris Long when he took the St. Louis job a year ago.
Fisher is an excellent talent evaluator. He often found diamonds in the rough during his years with the Tennessee Titans and was able to mold that team in his own image. The problem in Tennessee was owner Bud Adam’s pesky meddling in locker room affairs instead of opening his pocketbook and getting Fisher the few key pieces he needed to stay on top of the AFC South.
Rams' owner Stanley Kroenke has promised Fisher and St. Louis fans that he will spend whatever necessary to bring a champion back to the midwestern city.
If the Rams are to catch the 49ers and Seahawks they will have to continue to add pieces to the puzzle through the draft. They are the beneficiaries of two first round picks this year. The 16th overall pick is their own earned from last season and the 22nd pick comes from the mega deal with the Washington Redskins prior to last year’s draft.
Fisher loves to stockpile draft picks and bring in young guys by the bunches. He did so last year and will do so again this year.
Here are the Rams' top five priorities going into the 2013 NFL Draft.
Losing Danny Amendola to the New England Patriots hurt the Rams’ prospects for this season. But there are a couple of very good wide receiver prospects expected to be available when the Rams chose at 16 and 22 in the first round.
The Rams added a couple of good young defensive backs in last year’s draft and brought in all-pro Cortland Finnegan. A strong safety like Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro would be a perfect fit in St. Louis.
You don’t just replace a running back like Steven Jackson, but the Rams will need to look somewhere for running game help. Look for St. Louis to find a versatile back in the second or third round.
Sam Bradford has done nothing to dispel that he can be a championship quarterback so the team must continue to invest in his development. Adding a top guard for protection and to help open holes in the running game is essential. If North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper is there at 16 or 22 don’t be surprised if Fisher calls his name.
Jeff Fisher is a defensive coach. He will not hesitate to take the best defensive playmakers on the board to continue to build an opportunistic defense once his priorities are filled.