When the NFL Draft is over and your team had the first overall pick your team just got a LOT better on game day! Right? Well …. not necessarily. Perhaps they drafted a QB.
The Rams did and even if Jared Goff starts some games for LA the team would not be appreciably better than last year ….. oh …. wait a moment. Yes they would.
QB play for the Rams in 2015 was atrocious. How bad? Nick Foles started 11 games and had a QB rating of 69. If you’re wondering if you could turn in better numbers, you’re not alone. The point being is that even with a rookie QB at the helm the position should enjoy an upgrade in productivity for 2016.
I’m not going to trot out Dan Marino’s first year numbers as an example of rookie QB stats. I won’t use Ryan Leaf”s either. Let’s hit a happy realm between the two extremes and look at the Raiders Derek Carr who turned in a 76.6 QB rating with 21 TD’s and 12 INT. That’s a pretty serious upgrade over Foles 7 TD’s and 10 INT campaign.
It may not happen often but it has here. Even with a rookie QB play should be upgraded for the Rams in 2016 . Not having another pick until the fourth round one would think the Rams off season upgrades were over. Not by a long shot.
Newly declared MLB Alec Ogletree returns from an injury marred campaign that saw him miss almost the entire season.
Edge rusher, artist DE Robert Quinn returns after missing half of the 2015 season.
That means the Rams defense gets an infusion of somewhere in the neighborhood of 125 tackles and 10 sacks over and above last years numbers. That’s without quantifying what an impact having Mark Barron dialed in at OLB though an entire offseason brings.
The Rams need to get by the Seahawks, Cardinals and 49ers. With a rookie QB and better health they just got a lot closer.
What say you Sports Nation?
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