By Anthony Blake on April 23, 2014
The St. Louis Rams have done a wonderful job of uncovering gems that went overlooked by other teams in just the past few offseasons. Guys like Chris Givens (Round 4, 2012) and Zac Stacy (Round 5, 2013) are just two shining examples of sleepers the Rams have landed under the Jeff Fisher/Les Snead regime. Here are five perfect fits the team should target with their bounty of late-round selections in the 2014 NFL Draft.
After taking a tweener linebacker/safety last year with success in Alec Ogletree, the Rams should consider Kevin Pierre-Louis to man the other OLB spot as he offers similar qualities with fluid movement and great speed to cover in space. Extremely instinctive with a nose for the football, Pierre-Louis often finds himself in the right place at the right time. Given their lack of depth at OLB, the Rams would greatly benefit from landing this kid.
Scott Wells was a salary cap cut candidate this offseason at center, and his better days are clearly behind him at this point with injuries piling up. Russell Bodine is projected as a guard by many, but he played center in college and could bring some great versatility to St. Louis. Bringing him in to compete with last year’s fourth-rounder Barrett Jones would be a great coup to bring out the best in both guys in the trenches.
There has been a lot of talk recently about the Rams actually considering a QB early in the draft, but it still seems more likely for them to designate that a day two need. That’s where Tom Savage projects to come off the board, and the 6-foot-4, 228-pound pocket passer has prototypical size and smarts for the position. It’s hard to say the ceiling is as high for Savage as Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel, but his floor is certainly much higher.
It’s totally possible that the Rams address their need at free safety early in the draft, but the team really lacks overall depth in the secondary as well. Marqueston Huff is a little-known prospect out of Wyoming who moved to FS his senior year from CB and would offer much-needed versatility to the St. Louis secondary. He’s a very fluid player with terrific instincts who could develop into a ball hawk in coverage from day one.
Many peg the Rams as interested in an OT early in the draft, but it’s quite possible the team addresses defense early and holds off on the offensive line issues until later. One possibility to fix those issues is Billy Turner of NDSU. He has visited with the Rams and his prototypical 6-foot-5, 315-pound build would be ideal to groom into the left tackle of the future. He’s extremely athletic and would be a great fit as a project behind Jake Long.
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