Dec 22, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn (94) celebrates with defensive end Chris Long (91) after sacking Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (not pictured) during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams defeated the Buccaneers 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Power Rankings countdown: 20. St. Louis Rams

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2014 NFL Power Rankings Countdown

20.  St. Louis Rams (NFC West)

2013 Record:  7-9

Head coach:  Jeff Fisher – Fisher is entering his third season with the Rams, and after two consecutive 7 win seasons, the team will be looking to finally make it to the playoffs.  However, that will be easier said than done in the NFC West, which is the best division in the NFL.

Best offensive player:  Jake Long, left tackle – Long is a four time pro bowler, and the Rams best offensive lineman, but he’s coming off a serious knee injury from last season, and it may take him time to return to the level of play he had before the injury.

Best defensive player:  Robert Quinn, defensive end – Quinn broke through last season with a monster year by registering 19.5 sacks in 2013.  At times he was nearly unblockable, and while he more than likely won’t have another season like last year, he should still challenge for double-digit sacks again in 2014.

Rising Star:  Alec Ogletree, outside linebacker – Ogletree led the Rams in tackles as a rookie in 2013, and he also had an incredible 6 forced fumbles last season as well.  Ogletree’s size and speed make him a force to be reckoned with in the Rams 4-3 defense, and he should continue to get even better.

Best new addition:  Aaron Donald, defensive tackle – With number two pick Greg Robinson’s impact being lessened a bit with a move from tackle to guard, then I think Aaron Donald may be the new player who could have the biggest impact this season for the Rams.  He will be a part of the defensive tackle rotation, and will only make the Rams D-line even better than already is.

Biggest offseason loss: Cortland Finnegan, cornerback – Finnegan struggled with injuries and inconsistency last season for the Rams, but he was still one their leaders on defense.  So his ability to provide an edge to the defense more than anything else will be missed by the Rams next season.

Biggest strength:  The Rams biggest strength is their defensive line.  Defensive ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long form one of the best tandems in the NFL, and defensive tackle Michael Brockers is developing into a star.  Kendall Langford is a solid player, and add in Aaron Donald, and the Rams D-line might be the best in the league.          NFL Power Rankings

Biggest weakness:  The Rams biggest weakness is at wide receiver.  The Rams didn’t have a receiver with over 40 receptions last season.  Tavon Austin showed some flashes of possibly breaking out, but he’s still developing.  So until that happens the Rams will still be looking for a number one receiver for quarterback Sam Bradford.    2014 NFL Power Rankings Countdown

32. Houston Texans

31. Cleveland Browns

30.  Minnesota Vikings

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

28. Oakland Raiders

27.  Washington Redskins

26.  Atlanta Falcons

25.  Buffalo Bills

24.  Tennessee Titans

23.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers

22.  Detroit Lions

21.  Miami Dolphins

 

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