The Rams now have a new coaching staff fully in place. What positions do they have to target to get the most out of the roster in place?
The Rams season was far from what they had hoped. The worst part is they traded their first-round pick in the upcoming draft for a quarterback who struggled in 2016, and now has to learn a completely new system.
It will be tough to build a strong roster around the quarterback without the resources. The Rams have some cap space and will have to make the most of it to put a strong roster in place. So what positions do they need to hit the hardest this offseason?
The Rams now have a new defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips. Phillips runs a multiple defense but it comes from a base 3-4 look. The Rams have been building their defense as a 4-3 unit, so it will definitely take some adjustments. The biggest adjustment will be finding the pass-rushing outside linebackers.
The Rams did a good job of rotating in edge defensive lineman last season. However, William Hayes and Ethan Westbrooks would likely be better slotting into the 3-4 defensive end spot on the line, rather than shift them out to linebackers in the new look. Robert Quinn would definitely be a great linebacker to attack the quarterback but has dealt with injuries, and his inexperience of playing off the ball in any way limits the ceiling of what he can do in that new role.
Their best bet will be to find a pass rusher who can complement the power and speed combination of Quinn. It will not be easy without a first round pick, but fortunately for them this a deep class of edge pass rushers. They come in all styles and sizes, and the Rams could certainly find the right one for their scheme in that capacity.