Alternately titled, “Drafting is Developing”… There’s been a lot of talk recently about the Rams terrible draft record from the year 2000 to now. The Rams have had a few solid picks in the 1st round, but have swung and missed on late round picks. There is a lot of talk about how the Rams have even already parted with their 5th round pick and 2 of their 3 7th round selections.
But, drafting future starters and NFL stars is more than picking the right name out of the hat. Coaches developing these prospects is just as much of the draft success, if not more than selecting the right player. The Rams have failed more often than not when drafting players over the last decade, however, they have almost completely failed when developing their new players.
The blame certainly should be leveled at the front office for picking the players, but the coaches in Martz, Linehan, Spagnuolo and their staffs should also bear some of the blame for the incomplete development of their drafted players. There is plenty of blame to go around.