Seriously guys. In preparation for our meeting on Sunday, I thought I'd get the conversation going with a popular topic, in which we select the player(s) that we would want from the team we're playing that week. This week just happens to be the struggling 1-8 Rams, who are experiencing yet another losing season. There are some bright spots however, in players among their current roster. As the headline states, who would you take from the Rams? It can be a young or older player, a starter or a back up, etc. You can also take their current contract status into consideration, as if we were actually signing the player. Also look at who may be leaving our team after this season. Here are some of my picks.
Steven Jackson: Jackson would likely be the pick for any team, and that's because he's not only the best player on the Rams, but possibly one of the best players in the league. Before you say we already have Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower, listen to this. He's currently 3rd in the league with 915 rushing yards, and is averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Add in his 231 receiving yards, and Jackson alone counts for 42% of the St. Louis offense. That boy can play some football. He can play left, he can play right, don't make no difference. He can block, tackle, score the touch down, snap the ball, and kick the extra point. Hell, the boy will fill up the Gatorade cooler, walk the dog, and paint your back porch. I'm telling ya, the boy can plain outplay football. OOHH! And he can pass! (Okay, I took that last part from the movie Friday Night Lights, but it's true.)
Oshiomogho Atogwe: Atogwe is currently one of the premiere free safeties in the league, capable of dropping in coverage or defending the run. He's a play-maker on the ball, and is a threat whenever he's on the field. He's currently 2nd on the team in tackles with 58, has 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and 2 interceptions - and did I mention he's a safety? With the possibility of Antrel Rolle not extending his contract next season, Atogwe would certainly be a solid, if not better replacement.
Jason Smith: Now before anyone crucifies me for making this pick, let me say that with our situation at offensive tackle, a rookie might be an improvement. He was very touted heading into the 2009 draft, which is one reason the Rams selected him 2nd overall. He's very fast for a tackle, and has a tremendous upside. If Gandy doesn't get resigned next year, Smith would shore up a position that we wouldn't have to worry about for years.
Other notables: James Laurinaitis(1st on team with 60 tackles), Ron Bartell(young play-making cornerback), Leonard Little(Old but leads team with 5 sacks), Donnie Avery(fast receiver that would compliment current receivers nicely)
That's who I would want, what would your picks be from the Rams and why?