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Looking Ahead: Linebackers

With the Rams completely out of contention this season, and everyone already looking ahead to the Rams Super Bowl (also known as The NFL Draft), it is already time to take a look at where the Rams roster stands for 2012 and beyond.  Today, we are going to take a look at the linebackers.

2012 Starters: 

OLB: [unknown]

MLB: James Laurinaitis

OLB: [unknown]

James Laurinaitis is one of the success stories through the Rams draft and develop approach, a MLB, who started from the first game of his rookie season and it still growing and learning.  The other two starters are up in the air currently.

2012 Backups: 

Chris Chamberlain has been starting for the Rams since free agent busts Zac Diles and Ben Leber didn’t work out and he has been playing better than he has in the past.  He is a starter on a bad team, but is still very limited in a lot of ways.  He’s a little small, a little slow, but has been improving.  He’s a great backup and a great special teams player.  He should certainly be on the roster.  Josh Hull can come back as the backup MLB.  Bryan Kehl, Brady Poppinga, David Nixon and Justin Cole will all probably be gone.

2012 Needs:

The Rams should get one OLB through the draft.  In my mock draft, I suggested Tank Carder out of TCU in the 4th round, who is a tackling machine in college.  For the other spot, they should pick up a free agent LB, but this time, one that will work out (easy for me to say as I thought Ben Leber was a good pickup).  Depending on the defensive scheme the Rams are running next year, they may just simply want to stick with Chamberlain at OLB to limit the problems they have to fix in one offseason.

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