3. St. Louis Rams
As everyone else does flips over what the Seahawks and 49ers have done this offseason, the Rams have quietly loaded up quite nicely, as well.
The “third” team in the NFC West inked a long-term deal with dynamic tight end Jared Cook and got Jake Long at an affordable price. If both players are healthy, they’ll serve as immediate upgrades to the offense. The NFL Draft, however, is where the Rams hold several cards. Due to the Robert Griffin III trade a season ago, St. Louis owns Washington’s first round pick (No. 22) in addition to their own (No. 16) this year.
There’s an obvious need at wide receiver, a position still not addressed in the offseason. Speaking with Rams' brass, though, they seem to like youngsters Chris Givens, Austin Pettis and Brian Quick a lot more than the football viewing public.
St. Louis had more sacks than any other team in the league last year and was the only squad in the NFC West not to lose to the 49ers (they beat and tied them). Two first-round picks serve as serious currency in what’s shaping up to be the league’s most loaded division.
—Peter Schrager (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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