The NFL draft begins April 28 and the Los Angeles Rams hold five picks. For the next week and a half, we will take a look at a different position every day with what the Rams have in place, what they need and when they might address it.
We continue the countdown with a look at this year's crop of offensive linemen.
In place: Greg Robinson, Rodger Saffold, Tim Barnes, Jamon Brown, Rob Havenstein, Garrett Reynolds, Demetrius Rhaney, Andrew Donnal, Cody Wichmann, David Arkin, Eric Kush, Brian Folkerts, Darrell Williams, Isaiah Battle
What's needed: For the Rams, the 2015 draft was nearly all about finding a way to upgrade the offensive line. Including supplemental draft choice Isaiah Battle, the Rams used five picks on offensive linemen a year ago. It's something coach Jeff Fisher repeatedly has said he wanted to do since arriving in 2012 but didn't have the opportunity before last year.
The key to the whole position group is Robinson, the No. 2 overall pick in 2014, who has struggled in his first two seasons. The Rams are hoping that with a healthy offseason and with Robinson settled at left tackle, he can break through in 2016.
Saffold is returning from shoulder surgery and will man one of the guard spots as well as provide insurance behind Robinson and Havenstein at tackle. Brown also is coming off an injury, but the Rams like his potential to hold down one of the guard spots long term. Barnes re-signed in the offseason after winning the center job a year ago. Havenstein was solid at right tackle as a rookie and should continue to improve in his second season. Reynolds is the utility backup and was one of the team's most consistent linemen a year ago. Wichmann, Donnal, Williams, Battle and Rhaney all offer young depth.
With all of those players in place, there's no obvious need except perhaps an upgrade at center. There's also no guarantee the line will come together as hoped. While this group struggled for much of 2015, there were signs of improvement as the year went on. If that growth continues, the line should take a step forward. If not, it could be a long season for running back Todd Gurley and the incoming quarterback taken No. 1 in the draft.
Verdict: The Rams have other, more pressing needs in this draft and with only five picks to fill those, it seems unlikely they'll prioritize adding to the offensive line unless they see a value that is too good to pass up. Given the depth of offensive line talent in this year's class, that's something we can't rule out. At center, there are a number of solid centers expected to go in the later rounds with names like Missouri's Evan Boehm, Michigan State's Jack Allen, USC's Max Tuerk and Michigan's Graham Glasgow expected to be early Day 3 picks.
Most likely, the Rams will stand pat and look for another intriguing body or two to add as an undrafted free agent, but after making this area such a priority a year ago, it will likely take a backseat to others this time around.