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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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