St. Louis Rams: Five Defensive Linemen Who Make Real Sense in the 2015 NFL Draft

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While the St. Louis Rams have a reputation for possessing one of the best and deepest defensive lines in the NFL (infamously receiving the nickname “Sack City” last year before starting off the season as one of the least efficient pass-rushing groups ever), they’re always willing to make upgrades and additions to their pass rush. We saw that to an extent last year as the team brought in guys like Alex Carrington, Ethan Westbrooks, and Michael Sam to compete, and we’ll undoubtedly see some form of fresh talent this year as the team has subtracted defensive tackles Kendall Langford and Matt Conrath and is rumored to be shopping Michael Brockers.

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The Rams’ front office has also publicly acknowledged the possibility that they could consider drafting a top edge rusher, perhaps Randy Gregory or Bud Dupree, with their first pick. This probably isn’t extremely likely considering that the Rams have major needs on the offensive line and could be interested in an elite wide receiver. However, as we saw with the Rams taking Aaron Donald 13th overall last year, the Rams won’t hesitate to upgrade the defensive line if a great opportunity is available.

It’s unlikely that the Rams will end up taking a defensive lineman in the first round, but they’ll probably add to the unit in some form during the draft. Here are a few defensive linemen, with a variety of different grades, who would be ideal scheme fits for the Rams.

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