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Preseason power rankings: No. 21 St. Louis Rams

The Rams are but one piece away from contention in the NFC West.

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2013 Record: 7-9

Notable Losses: Kellen Clemens, Darian Stewart, Cortland Finnegan, Harvey Dahl, Shelley Smith, Chris Williams

Notable Gains:Shaun Hill, Kenny Britt, Davin Joseph, Alex Carrington

Draft Class: Greg Robinson, Aaron Donald, Lamarcus Joyner, Tre Mason, Maurice Alexander, E.J. Gaines, Garrett Gilbert, Mitchell Van Dyk, Christian Bryant, Michael Sam, Demetrius Rainey

The Facts: The Rams are super talented. They have an offensive line they've invested both cash and draft picks with Jake Long, Scott Wells, Davin Joseph, and now Greg Robinson.

They have a nice 1-2 punch at RB with Zac Stacy and Tre Mason. They have Jared Cook at tight end, which isn't great, but it's not awful. They've drafted wide receivers for Sam Bradford, especially Tavon Austin with the eighth pick in the 2013 draft, now all they need to do is get him the ball. They made a low-risk-high-reward signing in Kenny Britt.

They have an incredible run defense and pass rush and a talented, but young secondary whose job will be made easier by said pass rush. It's not like they aren't talented, they beat the Saints and Colts, and almost beat the Seahawks. The Rams are being held back by Sam Bradford. If Bradford can stay healthy and consistently play as a game manager the Rams can be a postseason contender. Bradford looked like he was beginning to put it all together this year before he was injured against the Carolina Panthers. The Rams can break .500 and contend for the playoffs, they just need Bradford to show up.

Predicted Record: 7-9. Wins against the Vikings, Cowboys, Broncos, Cardinals, Giants, Raiders, and Chiefs.

If you disagree with my assessment and ranking remember: Unless it's something crazy, your guess is as good as mine.