The St. Louis Rams' defense had its moments in 2013, but from a statistical standpoint it looked a lot like the one from 2012. When you compare the team's record in each of those seasons -- 7-8-1 in 2012 and 7-9 in 2013 -- it makes sense that the two would resemble each other. In 2012, the Rams were tied for first in the NFL in sacks (52); 18th in fewest points per game (21.8), fewest rushing yards per game (117.5) and fewest passing yards per game (225.1); and 19th in fewest total yards per game (342.6). A year later, the Rams were third in the NFL in sacks (53), ninth in fewest rushing yards allowed per game (102.9), 14th in fewest passing yards allowed per game (242.1), 18th in fewest total yards per game (345.0) and 20th in fewest points per game (22.8). With two picks among the first 13 in the first round of the draft, including the coveted No. 2 spot, St. Louis should be able to nab two impact players to help strengthen areas of need. Or, if coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead prefer, they could trade down to gather more picks. Either way, the Rams should be in a position to address multiple roster needs. We looked at the Rams' needs on the offensive side of the ball last week. Now we address the defense, which has a strong core but will need to get even better next season to compete with the likes of Seattle and San Francisco in the NFC West.
Rams defense needs upgrades, though not nearly as much as offense
Fox Sports | Jan 14