So, the Rams have released future Hall of Famers and lifetime Rams Torry Holt and Orlando Pace. This leaves a hole at starting WR and starting LT. What will the Rams do to fill these holes.
First, Billy Devaney let everyone know that the offensive line was not an issue as they were planning on moving around the offensive line. Much-maligned Alex Barron will be moved to left tackle, struggling guard Jacob Bell will be moved to right tackle and backup guard and 2008 draftee John Greco will be moved to left guard. New signee Jason Brown is still at center and Rams fans whipping boy Richie Incognito is still pencilled in at right guard. This would be an acceptable offensive line, and probably a better offensive line than the Rams have had over the past two years. That being said, the Rams could use a tackle and some backup lineman. Could this public information given by Devaney be posturing for the draft? Could Devaney be letting the other GMs in the NFL know that he does not HAVE to pick at tackle with the number two overall pick? It is a very good attempt, but the Rams do need to get a franchise left tackle with the number 2 selection.
Don’t worry, in the next month and a half we will be over the NFL draft until you know it forward and backwards.
On the other side of the coin, the Rams do not have an immediate replacement for wide receiver Torry Holt. The only wide receivers the Rams have on their roster are: Donnie Avery, Keenan Burton, Derek Stanley and some guys named Nate Jones, Travis Brown and Joel Filani. The Rams are now forced to add a wide receiver with at least one of their 2009 NFL draft selections. The Rams ideally need a number 1 receiver to go opposite Donnie Avery as he fits more as a number 2 receiver. However, there does not look to be a number 1 receiver out there in the draft or left in free agency. I know, I know. You might say Michael Crabtree can be taken at number 2 overall in the draft, but I don’t think he is the answer for the Rams. The Rams are probably better off waiting to see which of Brian Robiskie, Hakeem Nicks or Darrius Heyward-Bey drops into the top of the second round.
The Rams have a lot of needs and opened up two more needs by releasing Holt and Pace.