By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on March 19, 2014
With a bunch of draft picks in this year's draft, the St. Louis Rams will have an opportunity to fill a ton of holes across this team. In the toughest division in the NFL, the Rams will need to improve on both sides of the ball to keep pace with the rest of the NFC West.
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The Rams are committed to Sam Bradford, and it wouldn't be a bad idea to put some weapons around Bradford. Although St. Louis drafted Tavon Austin in the first round last year, it would be a wise idea to get a receiver like Sammy Watkins on this football team. He has the ability to be a dynamic piece for this offense going forward; he could also be lined up all over the offense. That said, defenses will have to prepare for Watkins each Sunday.
After releasing Cortland Finnegan, St. Louis has to get a player who can hold the front opposite of Janoris Jenkins. Enter Darqueze Dennard, who, in my opinion, is the best cornerback in this draft. He is physical and has great ball skills to go along with his long arms. Dennard is polished, and he could be a starter for this team in 2014.
There have been many mock drafts that have the Rams taking Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round. I believe the Rams should wait a little before drafting a center fielder. Ed Reynolds played college football for one of the best defenses in the past few years. Reynolds is a good tackler, and he does a good job at reading the quarterback's eyes.
Although Bradford is the starter for the time being, St. Louis should bring some competition in to push him. Garoppolo is coming from a small school, but he has a quick release and a strong arm that make him an intriguing player. But his stock has risen in the past few months. If Bradford doesn't perform, Garoppolo is ample enough to take over the starting position.
Yawin Smallwood has flown under-the-radar because he played college football at the University of Connecticut. Smallwood has great vision, and he isn't too shabby against the pass either. He impressed at the combine, and he would be a nice fit next to James Laurinaitus. In Round 4, Smallwood would bring a ton of value to St. Louis.
Aaron Lynch has the potential to be the best pass rusher from this draft class. After he fell out of flavor at Notre Dame, Lynch transferred to South Florida where he had a productive season as a sophomore. Lynch is versatile, and he could play in either defensive scheme in the NFL. You can never have enough pass rushers, and Lynch could become a really good player with some NFL seasoning.
If it wasn't for a plethora of injuries throughout his college career, Justin Britt would most likely get picked on the second day. Britt has the ability to play guard and tackle, and he has played against some great competition in the SEC. By re-signing Rodger Saffold, the Rams made it clear that they have their two starting tackles for the future. Britt would be a nice backup, and he could even play both tackles if needed.
Aaron Colvin was rising up draft boards before his ACL injury during the Senior Bowl. Although he is small, Colvin has a nice skillset to play as a slot cornerback in the NFL. A trio of Jenkins, Dennard and Colvin would be a nice and young group for the Rams to build on. Colvin would be a nice value pick here too.
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