2015 Depth Charts Update: St Louis Rams

A breakdown of the St Louis Rams' Depth Chart after Free Agency and the Draft.

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2015 Depth Charts Update: St Louis Rams

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  • The Rams’ offense has plenty of issues, but the first big move they made in the offseason was trading away Sam Bradford, and acquiring Nick Foles from the Philadelphia Eagles. That sees them trade away a player who just couldn’t stay healthy, for a player who graded at -7.4 on 553 snaps a year ago. It was a big regression from Foles, who looked better, if still inconsistent in 2013, so it will be interesting to see how he rebounds, in a system that is less quarterback friendly than what he was used to in Philadelphia.
  • He might not be ready for the beginning of the season, but the Rams took a big gamble, and made a big splash by selecting Todd Gurley in the 2014 NFL Draft. Coming off an injury, some will doubt the selection given how little he may be able to contribute early, but in a Rams offense that needs to add talented playmakers, considering we don’t have any rated higher than average at this point, it’s a gamble that’s to be commended.
  • For all their struggles on offense, the Rams have hit on several defensive lineman in the draft in recent years. All four starters on the defensive line were drafted by the team in the first round, with none more impressive than last season’s selection, Aaron Donald. Our highest-graded defensive tackle in 2014, Donald impressed against the run and getting after the quarterback, where he registered nine sacks, six hits and 29 hurries.
  • At linebacker they are still waiting for Alec Ogletree to justify his selection as a first-round pick. Two negatively-graded seasons in a row for Ogletree now but there was some in the second half of 2014. From Week 9 onward Ogletree was our sixth-highest graded 4-3 outside linebacker, with a higher grade than DeAndre Levy and Lavonte David.



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  • Chris

    That DL is quite simply not fair. Ifedi is a beast too. Too bad he’s stuck behind 2 great DTs.

  • Jason Williams

    Who was the last rookie to make the elite list – that’s bananas.

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  • PetEng

    Apparently the only way to have a DL this good is to make sure every other player on your team is average or below.

    • JT

      Jets and Bills think otherwise…

    • Dalen Erickson

      not necessarily. It is very difficult because resigning premium D-lineman after their rookie contract is a spendy proposition. Thats why what Buffalo was able to do, locking up most all of their guys (I beleive Dareus is due for superstar money soon) is amazing. I was sure Hughes was as good as gone

  • Sam Doohan

    Exactly as scary as their D is how barren their O is right now. I definitely think trading away Sam Bradford was something they had to do though. For years they’ve been justifying poor O play on his injuries and shirking the need to make wholesale changes.

    Even as someone with pretty much zero interest in the Rams I’m happy to see them making changes and taking a chance on Todd Gurley; injecting some fresh blood into the team and at least having the chance to grow.

  • Tom Kislingbury

    18/22 starters are average or just below. This is why the Rams havent had a winning season since 2003

  • Brian

    “One good QB and they’ll be one of the scariest teams in the league” – every pundit since they drafted Bustford.

    Except for Jeff Fisher (6 winning seasons in 20 years), the awful secondary, WRs that can’t catch, the linebackers who miss tons of tackles and a OL anchored by Jason Smith 2.0.

    It’s amazing how little they got from the RG3 trade, Aaron Donald came from a pick they own, otherwise, a bunch of mediocre/bad players. But it’s ok, they drafted a running back with a top 10 pick, because all they needed to make a playoff push was Gurley getting hit in the backfield when the OL fails to block for him.

    Btw, playing in the NFC West, if Nick Foles stay healthy (big if, he’s never been), he’ll lead the league in interceptions. That decision making against Seattle’s secondary won’t be pretty.

    • cole

      sounds like a scorned Redskins fan :-)

  • Dalen Erickson

    Foles is below average? That makes no sense whatsoever. He is a proven starter. You must be watching a different Nick Foles than I am

    • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

      indeed they are, they watch the one on game film, u watch the one on espn

      • Dalen Erickson

        Ah theres captain condescension, your becoming a cliche. Actually I watched 11 Philly games last year. I think I watched all the games Foles started before he got hurt. Yes he had a tough season, barely throwing more TDs than INTs but does his one great year mean nothing? I know one year means very little but Ive seen very few seasons for a QB that had better numbers. Ive one good season doesn’t make a good QB than half a bad season doesn’t either. Im not debating that the PFF guys know more than I do, you would see from my previous comments I have stated that probably 15 times. I was under the impression the purpose of this open forum was debate and discussion.
        Ill let everyone else know Malachi doesn’t like it because it upsets his tender sensibilities.
        I didn’t say hes great, I didnt say I would want him as my QB, I said he is a decent, proven starter. In a league where guys like Geno SMith and EJ Manuel are starters I dont think Foles is a horrible option. Dont accuse me of being an ESPN guy. I watch an unbelievable amount of games. Doesn’t mean Im always right, Im wrong semi regularly, but its not because I dont spend the time watching games.
        You dont need to be a snippy 13 year old girl with your response. Just say ” I completely disagree, his numbers were shite last year” like a normal person.

        • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

          game broadcasts are not game film

          • Stewart

            watch NFL gamepass with coachs film/view turned on its the game film version, I’m a international viewer so you might get something different tho.

          • Dalen Erickson

            I will look for that! Thanks for the tip

        • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

          its “you’re” btw 😉

          – captain condescending*, over and out

          • Dalen Erickson

            uh oh hes after my grammar now! I count on auto correct for that! haha. Actually the way I said it was more correct. Condescension is a word brother. Captain Condescending doesn’t sound right. Captain condescension would be the captain of BEING condescending.
            I officially don’t dislike you anymore. I like to have somebody to argue good points with.
            Well saying watching games is different then watching film is splitting hairs isnt it? The only difference is how its put together. With film you can assemble all of a players body of work over a season and look at it in a row but its coming from game broadcasts no? My point being, Im not an ESPN guy, I watch games. You shoud know that from my comments by now. Im not always right, but I do know my stuff

          • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

            lol, well played. yea english may be my only language but i’m far from proficient.

            i can tell u r legit, indeed. 😉

            the thing i hate about broadcasts is the lack of secondary play, i’m a defensive guy and really like to know the coverages and leverages being played cause it puts the front 7 in better perspective

          • Dalen Erickson

            haha thanks buddy. Thats all I needed to hear lol. You and I will have many good debates to come, you are indeed a worthy opponent.
            Im with you there. We rarely get to see whats happening in the secondary and must turn to websites like PFF to find out who really is playing well in coverage and who isnt. I make the mistake, all to often, of looking at stats to try to determine a players skill level. That is almost never accurate

          • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

            right, the perfect corner should have no stats anyway, because nobody is willing to throw his way

      • Dalen Erickson

        How much of your information do you ONLY get from this website? All Ive seen you do is take direct quotes and numbers from this site. I would wager that I watch a great deal more games than you do. Perhaps thats why you proved me wrong on the Brandon Marshall argument. Im not a scout so I gather what I can from the games I can watch. So inevitably Im wrong sometimes. I dont have a PFF membership so I dont spend a ton of time here and dont have access to premium features anyway.
        Youve studied this site more than I have, but I dont think you watch as many games.
        Take a risk one of these days and say something that argues common believe or whats on this site instead of just taking direct quotes 99% of the time

        • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

          i don’t even have a subscription either tho :(

  • Dalen Erickson

    I think the Foles trade was by far the best trade anyone made all year. They got a better, more proven, far less injury prone QB AND a second round pick. That was the steal of the century. When I first heard about it I thought the 2nd round pick went the other way and that made sense to me. Foles is far more proven than Bradford and I expect it to bite Philly in the ass HARD

    • Ben Peterson

      You mean the Nick Foles who had the flukiest season in NFL history, and then proceeded to suck the following season? Neither of those QBs are proven, but Bradford is plain better.

      • Dalen Erickson

        He played pretty well last year man. Im a Cowboys fan so I probably watched 11 Philly games last year and he played well. Is he a superstar? Hell no. Will he ever be? probably not BUT he has proven to be a solid starter the last two years. I would much rather have a guy who just came off a winning season then a guy whos played what? 6 games in two years? I dont see how you could possibly think Bradford is a safer bet than Foles. Yes Bradfords potential is much higher but would you rather have a solid QB in the game or a high potential QB in the trainers room all season?

      • Dalen Erickson

        I should state the fact that his numbers were AWFUL last year. Again Im not saying hes great but he is a safer bet than Bradford

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    • Casey M

      @Dalen – It has been a wash so far between Foles and Bradford…they both haven’t been good and that is from a 49ers fan who has been watching 2 of 3 horrible weeks from Kap. Anyways, predicting injury prone simply is impossible. Statistically speaking, yes there will be some players who get hurt more often than others but to predict that is impossible.

  • Dalen Erickson

    What is going on around here. Ogletree below average? What?

  • PeteH

    Robert Quinn NOT elite? This grading system has no credibility.

  • Dalen Erickson

    Ive had some great debates here today. I would say I went .500 today. Win some lose some

  • Nick G

    “At linebacker they are still waiting for Alec Ogletree to justify his selection as a first-round pick. “….No. No they are not.

    • JB 1969

      Actually they are waiting to see if he will play a full season and not suck/disappear the first 6 weeks then come on strong. We as fans tend to forget he has started awful slow the last two years. If we get the Ogle tree of the second half of both his season we are a truly Elite D.

  • Nick G

    This is a disgrace.