YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- St. Louis Rams

Instead of taking the monstrous defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with the 1st overall pick, the Rams went with a franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford.  Instantly, one of worst offenses in the NFL becomes better.  The defense still sucks, but St. Louis has some young talent that the coaching staff is hoping will develop. 

Quarterbacks

Sam Bradford- ROOKIE

Bradford’s Pro Day awarded him the distinction of being the number 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.  He completed an astounding 49 of 50 passes.  He possesses a ultra quick release to go along with great accuracy.  He’s very intelligent and knows how to read a defense.

(Sam Bradford)

There are concerns with the surgically repaired AC joint of Bradford’s shoulder.  He injured it twice last season on routine tackles. 

Others- A.J. Feeley, Keith Null

Feeley may start the 1st few games of the season.  Feeley spent 6 seasons with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur in Philadelphia.

GRADE- 7

 Running Backs

Steven Jackson- 324 car  4.4 avg  1,416 yds  4 td  51 rec  322 yds

In the last 5 years, Jackson leads all running backs in total yards from scrimmage.  He led the NFC in rushing yards last season.

(Steven Jackson)

Jackson is a big, powerful back who can move a pile and make people miss.  He also has big play ability as he has the speed to turn the corner.  His hands are useful as he can take checkdowns to the house.

Kenneth Darby- 27 car  5.6 avg  152 yds  18 rec  96 yds

The only way Darby sees substantial playing time is if Jackson is hurt.  Darby is useful in pass protection.

Others- Mike Karney, Chris Ogbonnaya

Karney came over last year and was an effective lead blocker for Jackson.

GRADE- 8.5

Receivers

Donnie Avery-  47 rec  589 yds  12.5 avg  5 td

Avery is extremely fast and has big play ability.  He added some muscle during the offseason so he could handle press coverage better.

Laurent Robinson- 13 rec  167 yds  12.8 avg  1 td

Robinson has size, good ball skills and runs good routes.  He comes back after suffering a season ending leg injury in week 3.

(Laurent Robinson)

Brandon Gibson- 34 rec  348 yds  10.2 avg  1 td 

Gibson isn’t the fastest, but he’s a big, physical receiver who can outmuscle his defenders.

TE- Daniel Fells- 21 rec  273 yds  13.0 avg  3 td

Fells is a red zone target with size and good hands

Others- Keenan Burton, Mardy Gilyard, Michael Hoomanawanui

Burton led the team in receptions before tearing his knee in week 10.

Gilyard is a 4th round pick from Cincinnati.  He has elite speed.

Hoomanawanui has a fantastic last name, and he can play.

GRADE- 7

Offensive Line

LT- Jason Smith

Smith missed the final 8 games of the season with a concussion and knee injury.  The team is high on him as he’s flashed some ability, mostly as a run blocker.

LG- Jacob Bell

Bell is a better pass protector than run blocker.

C- Jason Brown

Brown is the most underrated center in the NFL.  Brown boasts outstanding power and strength to go along with knowledge and leadership.

(Jason Brown)

RG- John Greco

Veteran Hank Fraley will challenge John Greco for the starting job.

RT- Rodger Saffold

Saffold is a 2nd round pick from Indiana.  He possesses quick feet and can equally pass protect and run block.

GRADE- 7.5

Defensive Line

LDE- James Hall- 42 tck  4.5 sck  1 p def

Hall is a solid player who can rush and move inside in passing situations.

LDT- Fred Robbins- 25 tck  2 sck  5 p def

Robbins had 2 great years under Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnoulo as a Giant in 2007 and 2008.  He hopes to rekindle his play as a Ram.

RDT- Clifton Ryan- 42 tck  1 sck  1 p def

Ryan led the team with 9 tackles for loss.

RDE- Chris Long- 43 tck  5 sck  1 p def  1 ff

Long is a good run stuffer who plays with good range and a high motor.  He get better at rushing the quarterback as the season went along.

(Chris Long)

Others- Darrel Scott, Hall Davis, Eugene Sims, George Selvie

Scott will play a role in the defensive tackle rotation.  He’s quick for his size.

Defensive ends Davis, Sims and Selvie are all rookies.

GRADE- 7

Linebackers

LOLB- Nail Diggs- 38 tck  1 p def  1 ff

Diggs is an 11 year veteran who has always been known for being a run stuffer.

MLB- James Laurinaitis- 120 tck  2 sck  2 int  5 p def

Laurinaitis’ tackle total was the most ever by a Rams rookie.  He is extremely intelligent on the football field.  He did struggle a bit in pass coverage.

James Laurinaitis Ryan Moats #21 of the Houston Texans looks to get past James Laurinaitis #55 of the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 20, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri.

(James Laurinaitis)

ROLB- David Vobora- 47 tck  2 p def  1 ff

Vobora started 10 games at this position a year ago.  He will battle Larry Grant for the starting gig.

Others- Larry Grant, Chris Chamberlain

Grant has good size and burst as a blitzer.

GRADE- 7.25

Secondary

LCB- Ron Bartell- 66 tck  9 p def  3 ff

Bartell was mediocore last season, but he was hampered by a thigh injury for most of the season.  He should be able to rebound.

RCB- Bradley Fletcher- 23 tck  1 p def

Fletcher comes back after suffering a season ending knee injury in week 7.  He has solid press cover skills.

CB- Justin King- 36 tck  2 p def

King is a physical corner, but undisciplined.

FS- O.J. Atogwe- 74 tck  2 int  5 p def 

Since 2006, no player in the NFL has more combined interceptions and forced fumbles (32) than Atogwe.  He is simply a playmaker.  He’s very instinctive, has excellent range and is an adept tackler.

(O.J. Atogwe)

SS- James Butler- 69 tck  3 int  6 p def 

Butler played under Spagnuolo in New York.  He’s a consistent, smart, physical player.

Others- Jerome Murphy, Craig Dahl

Murphy is a 3rd round pick from South Florida.

Dahl did well filling in for Butler and Atogwe when they were hurt.

 GRADE- 7.25

Special Teams

PK- Josh Brown-  19/24  55 lg

Brown is one of the leagues best long distance kickers.

P- Donnie Jones- 90 punts  46.8 avg  34 in 20  63 lg

Jones led the NFC with a net punt average of 41.7.

KR- Danny Amendola- 66 ret  24.5 avg  58 lg

Amendola is a tough and reliable return specialist.

PR- Danny Amendola- 31 ret  11.6 avg  56 lg

See Above.

GRADE- 7.5

 2010 PREDICTION- 4-12

It used to be that the rookie quarterbacks would sit on the bench, start midway through the season and then struggle.  Recently, Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez have shown that rookie quarterbacks can step in right away and be successful.  I believe that Sam Bradford should start from week 1 because I think he has the character and moxy needed to be a great quarterback in this league.

Offensive MVP-  Steven Jackson

Defensive MVP- James Laurinaitis

Breakthrough-  Chris Long

Overrated-  Ron Bartell

Underrated-  Jason Brown

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