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.