Morning Ram-blings: Where Rams' D-line ranks among top position groups

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- When the St. Louis Rams signed defensive tackle Nick Fairley to a one-year deal back in March, it gave them five former first-round picks on their defensive line.

Over at NFL.com, analyst Bucky Brooks recently tried to put that group in perspective relative to the top position groups around the NFL. Brooks ranked the top 10 position groups in the league, with the Rams' defensive line checking in at No. 3.

Brooks believes the presence of a line that includes Fairley, Robert Quinn, Chris Long, Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers should provide the foundation for a defense that could become one of the best in the league.

"The Rams have the ability to attack the line of scrimmage with a number of big-bodied athletes with exceptional size, strength, power and explosiveness. With coordinator Gregg Williams adept at using blitzes to create one-on-one opportunities for his disruptive defenders at the point of attack, the Rams should pummel opponents at the line of scrimmage on their way to becoming one of the NFL's premier defenses."

The only two groups ranking ahead of the Rams are the Buffalo Bills' defensive line and the Dallas Cowboys' offensive line.


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