Rams GM says team doesn't need WR early in draft

1/16/14 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

With the eighth overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams selected Tavon Austin, a wide receiver from West Virginia University. Despite adding the electrifying playmaker to their offensive arsenal, the team still ranked 27th in passing offense, while no wide receiver even reached 600 yards on the season.

Tight end Jared Cook led the team in the three main receiving categories with 51 catches for 671 yards and five touchdowns, but he was consistently underwhelming, reaching the 50-yard mark just two times all season.

The Rams have two first round picks in this year's draft - the second overall selection (from the Washington Redskins) as well as the 13th overall pick - so if they feel that they need another weapon to help quarterback Sam Bradford, they could very well take one of the draft's top pass catching prospects.

General manager Les Snead, however, does not believe that the team needs another player at that position. "The answer is really 'no' on that," Snead said of the team needing a No. 1 receiver. "I think our receivers right now, I truly believe as they progress, and the oldest guy just finished his third year, we can not have another receiver around here and we're going to be a good football team."

Snead is definitely right about the age of his receivers, as he has Austin (first year), Givens (second), Brian Quick (second), and Austin Pettis (third). Of course, Givens regressed after a solid rookie year, Pettis has never notched 400 yards in a season, and Quick looks like nothing more than a bust. Austin has shown plenty of promise, but he is far from your traditional wide receiver - he is more of a quick slot man and dynamic chess piece who can be moved all over the formation.

Blog Photo - Rams GM says team doesn't need WR early in draftThere are a number of very promising receiver prospects in this year's draft, so the Rams could address something they find more important (such as an offensive tackle) with the second overall pick, then take a receiver with the 13th pick. That would likely cause them to miss out on top receiver prospect Sammy Watkins, but they could still take a stud like Mike Evans (pictured), Marqise Lee, or Kelvin Benjamin.

Other directions that the Rams could go with the 13th pick (assuming they take a tackle with their first pick) include a safety or cornerback, but the Rams' defense was far better than their offense in 2013, and the biggest hole on offense (once again, assuming a tackle is taken with their first pick) is at receiver.

Draft season is a time of lies and smokescreens, and while you should consider everything that general managers say in the months leading up to the draft, there is always a chance that they are not revealing their true plans. It still seems like the Rams could (and should) go with a nice perimeter receiver at 13th overall, which would really help Bradford, who Snead recently said the team is committed to as their starting quarterback.
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1/16/14   |   Scott   |   53843 respect

Don't ask me why I think this but I see offensive line and secondary with those first two picks.