3. St. Louis Rams
Granted, the Rams played pretty good defense during the last few games but during the span of the entire season, the Rams ranked 18th in total rush defense and 27th in defensive rush yards per attempt. Sione Takitaki as mentioned earlier is best at getting sideline to sideline and stopping the run. Against Wisconsin, Takitaki made Jonathan Taylor look like a below average running back holding him to 4.5 YPC.
The Rams’ top tackler last season was John Johnson who plays safety. Part of that can be scheme, but there are not very many teams at any level that are having to depend on their safeties to be the top tackler. In fact, the second leading tackler on the team was a safety as well. Mark Barron was the leading LB for the Rams, third on the team.
Barron is 29 years old and has seen his production go down the last four seasons meaning that drafting a linebacker is a priority for the Rams. The problem is it is likely that they will pick one up in the first few rounds, so barring other linebackers getting picked up first or them seeking two LB’s it is likely that Takitaki won’t be in the right spot to be drafted.