St. Louis Rams And The Football Outsiders: Tuesday

From the Football Outsiders Almanac today, a look at a number two pick that went wrong:

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From 2001 to 2008, 12 teams spent at least 1200 draft value points on offensive lineman in the first four rounds of a single draft. Every single one of these teams had a better offense the following year, with an average DVOA improvement of 15 percentage points. But data can't account for scheme fits. At Baylor, Smith was a classic two-point-stance/spread offense blocker... The Rams became the first team this decade to spend so much draft value on offensive linemen and actually get worse on offense.

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Ladies and gentlemen: The Rams. If you want even more reasons to feel bad about having followed the 2009 season, and vaguely hopeful about the 2010, you should buy the annual from which I'm quoting, which will run you $12 here. I'm not a paid shill; I'm just a volunteer shill.

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