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bruary before falling short. How do they overcome that hurdle and move forward in April?" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteTurf Show Timesa Los Angeles Rams communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpSectionsLibraryMastheadCommunity GuidelinesNFL OddsStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteSections 2019 offseason2019 free agency2019 NFL DraftFull ArchiveLibrary 2019 NFL calendar2019 Rams regular season sched2019 Rams preseason schedMasthead Community Guidelines NFL Odds StubHub ✕TST Round Table: What should the Rams do at No. 31? New Tyler Higbee Jersey ,45commentsLos Angeles was on the doorstep of a Super Bowl title in February before falling short. How do they overcome that hurdle and move forward in April? CDTShareTweetShareShareTST Round Table: What should the Rams do at No. 31? Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsThe key, of course, is to avoid stagnation. The Los Angeles Rams, just two months ago, nearly achieved immortality - ultimately falling short to the New England Patriots. Since then, staples like Rodger Saffold have left. Veterans like Eric Weddle and Clay Matthews have arrived. Now what comes next? At pick No. 31, the Rams stand at the lowest pick the team has been in the first round since 2002. In this spot, Los Angeles will hope to kick off what comes next in the evolution of this Super Bowl-caliber roster. The Turf Show Times staff took a shot at what the Rams should do in this spot with three options per person. brennansmith (@BrennanJSmith)Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports1. First and foremost, the Rams should make every effort to trade out of this spot. The Jared Goff, Marcus Peters and Brandin Cooks trades allowed Los Angeles to swing for the fences last season, but also robbed the team of valuable depth and even more valuable affordable rookie contracts. The best case scenario is if one of the quarterbacks slips and a team in the early part of the second round is willing to move back up for an extra year of team control in exchange for a high 2020 pick. 2. DeAndre Baker, CB, GeorgiaThe 2019 cornerback class has a little bit of everything. Baker isn’t a burner and gives up some size to bigger receivers, but he’s the toughest competitor at the position in this draft. He’s confident in press that Wade Phillips’ scheme demands and has the consistency and patience that Marcus Peters often lacks. 3. Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&MAssuming Garrett Bradbury will be long gone by this spot, Los Angeles grabs the second best center in the draft to offset the losses of Saffold and John Sullivan. McCoy is a fantastic fit in the Rams’ zone blocking scheme and held up well in competition against elite SEC competition like Quinnen Williams. RamBuck (@BrentRamcaster)1. Garrett Bradbury, G, NC StateBradbury is unlikely to be there at #31, but he would be a dream pick for the Rams. He can play any interior position, and his athleticism is close to Jason Kelce’s. If he’s there, you need to sprint to the podium.2. Trade down. There appear to be a cluster of OL/DL prospects likely to be there in the early 2nd round that could provide immediate help. If the Rams can drop 3 spots and pick up an extra 3rd or 4th, they have to do it.3. BPA in the secondary. The Rams signed 34-year-old Weddle to a 2 year deal, and have Talib/Peters hitting the market in 2020.Eric Nagel (@Eric_nagel)1. My first choice is obviously to trade down. I think the Rams have a looming depth problem and it’s not going to be solved without infusing the team with a lot of rookies. UDFA’s can only go so far. Of course, that depends on the deal on the table, so I’m not going to be sad if it doesn’t materialize.2. The second choice is the best available front seven guy on the board. The Rams have an immediate problem at NT that hasn’t been addressed and they don’t have much depth at EDGE. So if someone falls, go for it! Now isn’t the time to be picky.3. Third is going after an offensive lineman. They are very top heavy here, but quality IOL can be found outside of the top 32 picks Taylor Rapp Jersey Cheap , so it’s not my first choice for that reason.Sosa Kremenjas (@QBsMVP)Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY SportsI believe a trade down is almost a surefire guarantee, and I agree they should absolutely explore a trade down. My assumption is they will trade back. Whether they do or don’t, here are my selections:1. Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi StateSimmons is a superstar talent who’s likely a top-5 player in this entire draft class. His recently torn ACL as well as a bad video from high school could keep him from going higher, though that ultimately ends as a major win for the Rams.2.McCoyMcCoy is the perfect fit when it comes to the Rams looking to add a zone blocking scheme center. McCoy might be even better in pass pro, and that bodes well for a team who just lost two interior offensive lineman.3. Nasir Adderley, S, DelawareAdderley is the perfect fit for what defensive coordinator Wade Phillips seeks in a single-high roaming playmaker on the back end. Adderley has elite ball skills as well as unlimited range, making him the top safety in this class in my opinion.Joey The Jerk (@LaRamsRamsRams)Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports1. Bradbury2. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU3. SimmonsBrandon Bate (@NoPlanB_ )1. Stay put. Does nobody value the fifth-year option? Take BPA on offensive or defensive lines. The Rams lost key players on the interiors this offseason, and it’s something they need to shore up with a quickness; and for the long-term. 2. Trade down, but only if the deal is sweet enough. The haul for the Rams would have to go above and beyond standard draft trade value chart numbers, in my opinion. The invisible line that exists at the end of the first round (again, that fifth year option) carries value and teams will strongly consider making the move back into Thursday night — make them pay for it, and preferably in 2019. Going BPA seems wisest at that point.3. Straight up BPA. While it feels like the Rams most pressing needs are in offensive and defensive fronts (my two cents), they’ve got needs elsewhere. Again, stay put and just take the stud atop your board at 31, regardless of what position he plays (within reason — no kickers, punters, WR wouldn’t make much sense...you get the deal). Elijah Kim (@Sports_EZK)Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports1. Trading back is in the Rams nature. By trading back a couple spots, the goal would be to pick up additional draft capital in the deep draft (especially in the secondary.) 2. Byron Murphy, CB, Washington Murphy is considered by some to be the top corner. This draft is very deep but not necessarily top heavy. However, Murphy in the late first round could be the best of the bunch and he is definitely of interest to either take over for Peters/Talib when transitions could possible occur.3. Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi State Jenkins can play any of the three interior OL positions and offers versatility. He would be more “talented” than Noteboom or Allen and could easily replace either of them at LG or C.Eddie Perez (@iAmEddieP_)Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports 1. Trade Down. Unless there is a player the Rams really covet Taylor Rapp Jersey Womens , a trade down from 31 would be best. More picks baby. 2. Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College The offensive line needs bodies – Lindstrom is a helluva lineman and he’s versatile, which the Rams love. 3. SimmonsImagine Donald and Simmons on the same defensive line. I would love to see it become a reality.3K (@3k_)1. Trade downI went into this in more depth back in mid-February, but the Rams are in good position to trade back from #31 and potentially pick up a 3rd-rounder.Snead even alluded to that opportunity this week, saying:2. BPA among any position on defense or OLThe Rams have so many roster gaps coming up this year and next that you can easily justify any position between OT, G, C, DT, DE, EDGE, ILB, CB or S. That’s plenty wide enough to allow for a near-true Best Player Available strategy to reign here.3. BPA - OL onlyThe biggest roster gap at the highest position value is along the offensive line. Rodger Saffold III and John Sullivan are gone. Andrew Whitworth is retiring after this season. While I’m hopeful Joseph Noteboom and Brian Allen turn into functional starters, there’s no certainty there. If anything, adding a first-round OL to a group with third-round and fourth-round sophomores who barely played at all last year with a fourth-year UDFA at right guard hardly seems like a bad idea. The Los Angeles Rams have seen cracks emerge in their star-studded defense the past two weeks.The fourth quarter has not been one of those problems.Despite allowing 31 points in wins over Minnesota and Seattle, just three of those 62 points were conceded in the fourth quarter, which gives defensive coordinator Wade Phillips confidence to address the Rams' issues in stopping the run and pass."I've been on a lot of teams and I just think, like I've told you before, this team plays really well under pressure," Phillips said Thursday. "We don't want to be pressured to play that well all the time, but I feel good about where we're going. We're not there yet, but that's where we are going."The decline in play through the first three quarters coincides with injuries to cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, who each sustained injuries in the Rams' 35-23 win over the Chargers in Week 3.Talib will not be eligible to return until December after undergoing ankle surgery and being placed on injured reserve. Peters sustained a calf injury that forced him out against the Chargers, but has not missed a game since.However, Peters' effectiveness has dropped off noticeably since coming back on a short week to face the Vikings. According to Sportradar, Peters has allowed 12 receptions on 17 targets in the past two games. Prior to the injury, Peters had allowed four completions on 11 attempts as the primary defender in coverage.Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson went after Peters on all three of his touchdown passes, but Phillips took the blame for not putting Peters in the right positions given the injury Taylor Rapp white jersey , he said. Phillips also noted that retraining the aggressive Peters to play in his system will take time, likening it to asking a mobile quarterback to be more cautious when a play breaks down."When you take the scrambling away from him, they're not as good," Phillips said. "Same thing with him if you take what he sees away from him. Now you got to limit it a little more, and that's what we have him doing."But he's getting there, and he's a great competitor. He keeps fighting, and that's what happens in the fourth quarter. If bad things happen to really good players, they keep playing."And it is the success in the fourth quarter, where the Rams have allowed a total of six points in five games, that Phillips is citing as evidence the Rams defense is anything but broken.The Rams had four sacks in the fourth quarter against the Vikings, with Ndamukong Suh getting one in the red zone to force a field goal. John Franklin-Myers had a strip-sack of quarterback Kirk Cousins on Minnesota's final possession to seal the 38-31 win.The defense was just as effective late against the Seahawks, when the Rams scored the final nine points in a 33-31 win.Despite allowing 190 yards rushing for the game, a total Suh called "terrible," the Rams gave up 16 yards rushing on six carries in the final quarter, including five net yards on the final five attempts. Suh also sacked Wilson to end one drive and drew a holding penalty to help snuff out another."Going in the fourth quarter when it's crunch time, when we need to get off the field and need to stop the run and need to stop the pass, we do all of it," Suh said. "We just got to be consistent. When we get consistent and we're all on the same page at all times, we'll be a dangerous defense."While Suh struck a disappointed tone for letting the past two games come down to the wire, safety Lamarcus Joyner believes the poise the Rams showed in those critical moments bodes well for the future."We definitely want to try not to make it a habit, but it's good to face that adversity early," Joyner said. "Playing in the postseason or whatever it is, when you are going to have that competition and that adversity, we already experienced the feelings and the emotions and we know how to handle ourselves."NOTES: Wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp (concussion protocol) each participated in individual drills during practice Thursday. Coach Sean McVay said Cooks and Kupp are on track to play against Denver barring any setbacks. ... Defensive lineman Michael Brockers (ankle) did not practice.

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