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Shaun Hill, Cliff Avril

St. Louis Rams quarterback Shaun Hill (14) throws downward under pressure from Seattle Seahawks' Cliff Avril in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 20-6. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE • Again, the Rams won’t have to wait very long to make their first pick in the draft. After Sunday’s 20-6 defeat to Seattle at CenturyLink Field, the 6-10 Rams will have the 10th overall selection in the 2015 draft.

The draft is April 30-May 2.

Entering the final weekend of the regular season, the Rams were in position to pick anywhere from eighth to 15th depending on how they did against Seattle as well as results from other contests.

After the first 15 games of the regular season, they were in the No. 12 spot. But their loss to the Seahawks, coupled by victories Sunday by Minnesota and New Orleans — both of which finished 7-9 — moved the Rams up to the No. 10 spot.

The New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons both lost Sunday to finish 6-10, but the Rams ended up behind them in the draft order because of a tougher strength of schedule.

Because of the trading deadline deal that sent fourth- and sixth-round picks to Tampa Bay in exchange for safety Mark Barron, the Rams have only five picks in the ’15 draft at the moment. But they probably will get a compensatory pick or two in late March.


Offensive lineman Rodger Saffold wasn’t kidding when he told the Post-Dispatch in the middle of the season that he would have shoulder surgery at the end of the campaign.

Saffold said after Sunday’s game that he would have surgery Jan. 7. The surgery will be done in New York and will not be performed by Rams team doctors, Saffold said.

Saffold has been bothered throughout the season by shoulder issues, forcing him to wear a brace and have the shoulder heavily taped for games and practice.

In Sunday’s finale against Seattle, Saffold started at left guard but also played left tackle and right tackle after Greg Robinson and Joe Barksdale were nicked up and missed a few plays.

Although he had to come out of a few games this year because of injury issues, most notably the Kansas City game Oct. 26, Saffold appeared (and started) in all 16 games this season — the first time he’s done that since his rookie year of 2010.


As expected, the Rams played without rookie cornerback E.J. Gaines, who was a pregame scratch because of a concussion suffered last week against the New York Giants. Gaines, the sixth-round draft pick from the University of Missouri, has been the Rams’ most consistent cornerback this season. With Gaines out, rookie second-rounder Lamarcus Joyner handled nickel back duties.

Undrafted rookie Marcus Roberson suited up for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in the Rams’ victory at San Francisco on Nov. 2. Roberson had missed the last seven games, although he’s been healthy for the last few. Roberson recorded his first NFL interception in the first half; Joyner got his first sack.

Other Rams inactives: TE Justice Cunningham, C/G Barrett Jones, OG Brandon Washington, TE Alex Bayer, DT Alex Carrington and DE Ethan Westbrooks.