Jeff Fisher feels good about offensive line after draft
The offensive line was a big issue for the St. Louis Rams heading into the 2015 NFL Draft. Now that the draft is over, Rams coach Jeff Fisher feels real good about where the team stands.
The Rams drafted four offensive linemen during the course of the draft. Fisher had this to say to ESPN about his O-line.
"I feel good, yeah," Fisher said. "I feel real good. It’s been a long time coming, particularly because of the needs and what we’ve done together over the last three years. The Todd (Gurley) pick was great and then our focus went to the big guys. For us to be able to say that we came away with the three and then of course our last pick today, it was pretty impressive."
The top two linemen the Rams drafted were Rob Havenstein out of Wisconsin in the second round and Jamon Brown out of Louisville in the third round. Would Fisher feel comfortable with both of these rookies in his starting lineup?
"I don’t want to say they’re options, but they’re real players," Fisher said. "These guys have played a lot of football in college. You look at the number of games played and starts with respect to all four of the offensive linemen that we drafted, it’s solid. They’re durable. They’re smart. They’re well coached and they’re going to fit in."
A lot of thought went into their selections of all their offensive linemen. GM Les Snead explains to ESPN his process of selecting the O-line.
"We studied OL as hard as any position this year and just with what some of the data says, most starting left tackles, the average round you get those guys, average is second," Snead said. "But obviously, you get that position in the first and we kind of addressed that last year. But you take the guard spot, the center spot and the right tackle spot and the average round of all starters in the league is about 3.6. So we felt like in rounds two, three, four we could address the OL and get some guys that have a chance to come in and help us."
Fisher believes the guys they drafted can contribute. There was a lot of thought that went into each pick.
"We didn’t throw darts, now," Fisher said. "We think these guys can play. So, we’ll have a much better idea once we get them in and get going, but we feel like they can all come in and contribute."