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Thursday, April 16, 2009
On the Clock: St. Louis Rams


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Team needs: Offensive tackle, receiver, linebacker, defensive tackle, cornerback

 
  Paul Abell/US Presswire
  If Detroit passes on Matthew Stafford, St. Louis could have its quarterback of the future.

Dream scenario: The Rams are starting over. They need multiple starters. Their dream scenario would involve another team offering several picks for the No. 2 overall choice. That scenario isn't very likely, but the Rams can still come out of this draft feeling good about their progress. They would get their choice of offensive tackles -- likely Baylor's Jason Smith or Virginia's Eugene Monroe -- if the Lions drafted a quarterback first overall. That scenario would allow the Rams to find Orlando Pace's replacement at left tackle before addressing needs at receiver and in the defensive front seven.

Plan B: Steve Spagnuolo is a defensive head coach. He could use a charismatic linebacker to build around. Wake Forest's Aaron Curry fits the profile. The second overall choice is generally too early to select a linebacker, but if Curry is the best defensive prospect in the draft, as so many analysts insist, the Rams could do worse than adding him to their roster. Recent first-round choices Chris Long and Adam Carriker could use a young, active linebacker patrolling behind them.

Scouts Inc. take: "I think they are going to take Jason Smith. Matthew Stafford is going to go No. 1. I don't think the Rams could afford to not take Stafford at 2. A lot of people don't think they are going to take a quarterback, but Marc Bulger? I don't know if they want to take a quarterback -- Spagnuolo is a defensive guy -- but they are in a good spot. They are going to get one of two players who is going to help them. They are either going to get a starting tackle or a future quarterback. I don't know how you could take anyone but those two players." -- Jeremy Green, Scouts Inc.

Who has final say: General manager Billy Devaney leads a clearly defined front office. He makes the personnel decisions with input from Spagnuolo and the personnel department. This is Devaney's second draft with the Rams.

Now On the Clock: Detroit Lions, April 17.

Previous On the Clock: Kansas City Chiefs. The team-by-team series.