With second year head coach Jeff Fisher calling shots in St. Louis, the Rams are destined to be the “Greatest Show On Turf” once again. Here is his rookie class of 2013 to go along with quarterback Sam Bradford and the other weapons he already has.
St. Louis Rams 2013 Rookie Class
1st Round: Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver
1st Round: Alec Ogletree, Inside Linebacker
3rd Round: T.J. McDonald, Free Safety
3rd Round: Stedman Bailey, Wide Receiver
4th Round: Barrett Jones, Offensive Line
5th Round: Brandon McGee, Corner Back
5th Round: Zac Stacy, Running Back
Undrafted Rookie Free Agents
CJ Akins, Wide Receiver
Emory Blake, Wide Receiver
Cody Davis, Safety
Cannon Smith, Safety
Ray Ray Armstrong, Linebacker
Darren Bates, Linebacker
Phillip Steward, Linebacker
Jonathan Stewart, Linebacker
Brett Baer, Kicker
Braden Brown, Offensive Line
Kevin Saia, Offensive Line
Benny Cunningham, Running Back
Eric Stevens, Fullback
Garrett Goebel, Defensive Tackle
Al Lupuaho, Defensive Tackle
Jordan Hus, Long Snapper
Philip Lutzenkirchen, Tight End
Gerald Rivers, Defensive End
Ruben Washington, Defensive End
Robert Steeples, Corner Back
Drew Thomas, Corner Back
Darren Woodard, Corner Back
Fisher greatly improved the Rams team in 2012 posting a 7-8-1 overall record, and a NFC West record of 4-1-1 becoming an instant success with his new team. He now has 29 fresh faces in camp and should have no problems finding spaces for the majority of his rookies with all the holes he is still trying to fill.
His biggest hole is still trying to find a suitable replacement for departed running back Steven Jackson. As of now Daryl Richardson is considered the starter, but by the end of training camp Benny Cunningham could be the feature back running behind former Miami Dolphins tackle Jake Long and all-purpose rookie lineman Barrett Jones if he is healthy.
Even though the running back situation is in the air, the passing game will definitely be fixed this season. After being able to spend a year with quarterback Sam Bradford and trying to figure out what players would work best for him, Fisher drafted college teammates Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey to fill his speedster rolls on the outside. Austin and Bailey both had amazing 2012 seasons at West Virginia leading the Mountaineers in receiving combining for 2,911 yards and 37 touchdowns.
Fisher also found talent to improve his 15th ranked defense by drafting troubled linebacker Alec Ogletree despite his DUI arrest earlier this year. Ray Ray Armstrong should also fit in at linebacker with the way he likes to hawk to the ball despite his troubled career at Miami and not playing in 2012. If Fisher can keep both of these beasts focused on causing destruction on the field and not in their personal lives; this defense will be a top 5 or 7 defense in the league with all the additions Fisher has made in his first two seasons.