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Rams 2012 Draft - Rds 1-3

Posted on: May 4, 2012 4:32 am
here goes nothin...

1st round -  Has there even been a more impressive first round pick for the Rams??? Not only did they fill their biggest need on defense, a massive run stopping tackle, but they also come away with 2 more first round picks (Redskins '13 & '14), 2 more 2nd round picks (skins & Cowboys), and an extra 5th rounder (swapped cowboys 2nd rounder with Bears). The combination of Finnegan/Brockers/JJenkins should really open things up for Long/Quinn on the ends. More time for Long to get to the QB sure sounds scary for the likes of Matt Flynn, Alex Smith, and Kolb/Skelton combo. Hell, if it wasnt for lighting up the Rams, Skelton might not have had the chance to be a starting QB this season. Can't find anything to complain about here, considering the massive haul and addition of a starting DL.

2nd round; 1 of 3 - Brian Quick - I thought I was going to hear Stephen Hill's name called here, or with the Rams next pick this round, but that wasn't the case. Rams saw their top option for WR at the 33rd pick go a couple spots too soon to the 49ers (WR from Illini, AJ Jenkins) and they were not going to let that happen again. Quick was ahead of Ruben Randall and S. Hill on their board, so they got him. Have to like the size he brings to the table for Bradford. Hopefully they get on the same page Quick-ly (super lame pun, I know, but couldn't resist). This is one 'x' factor that could become legit in real and fantasy football if he gets the Mark Clayton treatment -- that is where Bradford targets 1 WR over, and over, and over again, and usually results in a lot of receptions; ex - see Clayton, then Amendola after Clayton got injured 2 seasons ago.
It should be extremely interesting to see which WRs bust/break out from this deep class. There could be a few gems from '12 at WR.

pick 2 of 3 in 2nd round - Janoris Jenkins - Hands down, my favorite pick from this year's draft for the Rams. How often does top 10 CB talent fall like this, let alone the best CB in the draft? Sure, can't tell if this guy likes women or pot more, between the multiple kids(4) from multiple moms (3), you'd have to go with women first. I mean, he was only kicked out of ONE college for pot. But you get somethings here that are usually hard to come by -
1) top notch talent/unlimited potential
2) needs to make the $$ to support ALL of his families
3) gets to learn from one of the nastiest CBs in Finnegan
4) Rams drafted another CB as well, so there will be some good competition
5) MOST IMPORTANT - Jenkins knows for a fact that his skills were good enough to be a 1st rounder, so hopefully he plays with that chip-on-the-shoulder mentality that usually makes athletes strive for greatness. Also, remember that if Fisher could keep Pacman out of jail, he should be able to do the same for Jenkins.

pick 3 of 3 in 2nd - Isaiah Pead - same as Quick, I was hoping for a couple of different guys here. Little LaMichael James or Lamar Miller were the 2 I had in mind for the Rams to backup SJax with, and both were still available. Also just like Quick, there were some other teams interested, so the Rams pulled the trigger. Nothing bad about that. Can never go wrong with trying to find that Darren Sproles type, change of pace RB with great hands and freaky straight line speed. Fisher hit a homerun drafting a questionable speedster with the Titans, hopefully he just did something similar here.

3rd Round - Trumaine Johnson - here's the guy that competes with incumbent Bradley Fletcher and fellow draftee Jenkins. Another physical CB, bigger (over 6'1'', 200lbs) than most. And just like Jenkins, he comes to the Rams with some off field baggage (although I thought I heard something that Johnson was trying to break up a fight before getting tasered and locked up, but I'm not 100% on that). My favorite part about this pick is that I can see Johnson switching to safety should CB not work for him. And safety is still a need for this team, but the Rams should be better at safety now that CB has been upgraded. And he's the last of the players that I consider to have true starter potential in yr 1 out of this draft. (except K of course, but who counts them anyway?)

What I love best about Finnegan/Jenkins/Johnson combo at CB is that they have that physical, Fisher-esque defensive mentality, which the Rams haven't had since Leonard Little. C'mon, this is the NFL, we should have some mean-streaked, nasty players too. I just really feel like the past few coaches that drafted for the team were too focused on character/personality (not that it should be grossly overlooked), and not enough on physical, raw talent.

Excellent start to the new regime here in the STL.
Category: NFL Draft
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