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Finding The Starters, And Not Many Of Them

At SB Nation Rams homepage Turf Show Times, a brief and sobering explanation of the team's fall from grace: They can't draft anybody.

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Kind of depressing, no? This isn't anything we haven't already said before: bad drafts have put the Rams in a deep hole. Two consecutive drafts in which the team was able to find legitimate starters represent two important milestones on the long road back to respectability.

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Take a look at the draft picks no longer with the Rams that are starters. Hargrove, Chillar, Hedgecock...all those guys could have helped the Rams but for one reason or another were jettisoned. More alarming are the strike outs on picks from the first day of the draft: Adam Carriker, Brian Leonard, Tye Hill, etc. The Rams might have managed more than a single win last season if they hadn't whiffed on those picks.

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As Ryan Van Bibber notes at the end of his piece, how the potential starters from this newest draft class pan out is even more crucial when you see so systematically what happens when they don't.