EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The offseason is here for the Los Angeles Rams, and now that we know where they'll be playing their home games for the long term, things have settled down enough for us to answer a few of your Twitter questions.
As always, you can find me on Twitter (@nwagoner), and fire away with any Rams-related questions you might have. Please use hashtag #RamsMail so I can see them.
On to your questions.
@nwagoner: The first thing I thought of when the Rams signed Quinton Coples on Wednesday was that this would give him an opportunity to play defensive end in a 4-3 defense on a regular basis. Coples had been asked to stand up as a linebacker for most of his first four years in the NFL but he weighs somewhere between 280 and 290 pounds. While he's an excellent athlete, it seems that type of size is better utilized with his hand in the dirt. With all of that said, Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is one of the best when it comes to adapting to his players rather than having them adapt to him. He'll likely come up with creative ways to use Coples and get him in the rotation with the rest of the team's pass-rushers. One of the other benefits of this move is that it should allow the Rams to give defensive end William Hayes a breather. Hayes is a starter but he's at his best when he's not necessarily playing starter's snaps. We'll see if the Rams can help Coples reach his potential, but this seems like a better fit for him than the Jets did when they drafted him in the first round in 2012.
#ramsmail Chris Collinsworth has us jumping to number one to get Carson. How realistic is this and what would we have to give up?— Keiyon Monroe (@ramsfanatic81) March 16, 2016
@nwagoner: Well, for starters, it would seem that Tennessee is willing to auction off the top pick. While the Titans could absolutely use offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, they also could use help at a variety of other positions and adding some more premium picks would be a good move for them to add around talented young quarterback Marcus Mariota. But it seems pretty far-fetched that the Rams would be the team to make such a move if it were to happen. For starters, while Carson Wentz is a good prospect and has all the tools, I'm not sure he's viewed in the light of other top quarterbacks in the past. There's a lot of risk there for a guy who would be expensive. Likewise, the Rams would have to move all the way from No. 15 to the top spot to get him. That's a long, long way to go in terms of picks. The Rams got three first-round picks and a second-round choice from Washington to move down four spots. While Robert Griffin III was more highly coveted than Wentz is right now, that's still an 11-spot difference in terms of how much further the Rams would have to move. I never say never to anything in this crazy league but this one doesn't seem to make a lot of sense for the Rams. Keep in mind, they have plenty of other needs beyond quarterback as well.