Posted on: May 4, 2012 4:32 am

Rams 2012 Draft - Rds 1-3

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.
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Tags: Rams
Posted on: July 20, 2011 5:05 pm


please please please please please don't waste any of your precious new (still unofficial as of 7-20-11) cap dollars on the "EXPERT" analysis that is saying the Rams need to go out and spend top dollar on a WR1.

I am way too tired of the experts saying that we need to bring in a legit #1. News flash NFL fans, there are only about 15 of these guys in the entire leauge, and only 1 in our division(L.Fitz), so it is not like the Rams are the only team missing out here.

VJax and Sidney Rice are the only two available WRs that I won't be mad at the Rams FO for pursuing.  I don't want to go to The Dome and see old washed up former superstars or fresh out of jail thugs lining up in our WR1 spot. For the following players, please don't even fein interest in joining us:

Terrell 'I talk to much' Owens
Randy 'I only try 10% of the plays' Moss
Ocho 'I don't even know my own name-o' Stinko
Braylon 'Is it my contract year yet?' Edwards
or even Plaxico 'I'm a wanna-be thug' Burress
or Santonio 'I'm a wanna-be, wanna-be thug' Holmes

These guys are not going to be what gets the Rams to the next level. I'd rather see some $$$ invested in our medical/training staff to keep the WRs that we do have on our team healthy.

Again, I strongly think that Rice or VJax would really be great for our squad, but realistically, I just don't see the Rams pulling the trigger to get the dollars that those two will want. Both are big (I think 6'3" and 6'4"), young (in mid-20s), and athletic enough to win balls that are thrown to them. VJax has some SICK redzone skills, and I can't even think of a Rams WR with that type of skill set since they've been STL.

Since we spent our mid round draft picks on getting some targets for Sam the Ram, I really hope Spags starts doing his thing and bringing in those hard hitting, pass rushing, SMART defensive players that seem to excel in his system. Watch out for Long this year, you could really see it starting to click for him last season, and he should continue his climb into NFL/national relevance.

I would love for the Rams to go out and sign 2, yes TWO safeties, and both with starting potential. I really like Huff from OAK for free safety and I think the NYG have a safety that isn't under contract that we may be able to snipe. Panther's LB Johnson would be a nice fit to pair with Laurinitas as well.

Needless to say, defense should be a priority with this free agency frenzy that is about to ensue once the lockout ends. Take this unit from good to great, all young QBs that are successful typically have a common denominator - great defensive unit. (see Flacco, Rivers, Roethlisberger, etc)

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 4:42 pm

Cards leave fans on the table for Blues and Rams

what is the best possible way for every disappointed Cards fan to cure what ails them?

2 home wins by both the blues and rams within 3 weeks should do it.

I havent seen STL this excited about football since 2003, the last year the Rams knew that the NFL actually paints team names in endzones.
This team is doing one thing completely different from the past rams of '04-'09 ----- TACKLING!!!
I think the rams defenders have actually even hurt a couple of players on the other team. I know, it is really shocking. The only way we used to get tackles was if the other team's offensive players tripped over our guys as they were running past. Now, WR's aren't so keen to just run across the middle of the field, eyes on the ball, to make catches. I think I even saw a WR from seattle duck out of the way of a high throw from hasselbeck in the last home game, trying to avoid getting laid out.
I wont even talk about how Bradford is the real deal and will be a NFC champ within the next 3-4yrs.
I figure if anyone isnt tired of hearing about how good he is, they will be after he wins the NFL ROY award.
Losing Clayton now for the year isnt going to help things out, but I was more excited about your WRs like Marty Gilyard and Brandon Gibson to begin with, but nonetheless, Clayton was performing and will be missed.
Now, I am not going to be over zealous and say that the rams are on their way to win the division, BUT, if they just play good, competitive football, forget about the blowout to DET (every team should win one good game for their home crowd to keep seats warm), the rams could be in position to make the playoffs at 8-8 this year, and that is being completely realistic.
Put the 49ers away at least once, and they will have a near impossible mountain to climb to get into it now that they are 0-5.
I think that if the rams have some moderate success this year, get a top 10 pick in the draft next year, we are playoff bound. If they win more than 6 games, they may be looking at a 11-18 pick in the draft, and might not be able to hit playoff action right away, but they will be legit NFC contenders by Bradford's 3rd yr, through FA acquisitions and draft picks filling any holes.

Get up to go pee during a blues game this year and you might miss out on 2 goals! I mean, 6 seconds apart is insanely quick and boy did the defense really take over from there. Now i know, 2 games is just 2 games, but the Blues are playing the fired up, possession controlling hockey in those 2 wins that you like to see. This is the year that Perron, Oshie, and company really turn the leaf from being potential NHL stars to legit, recognized throughout the league guys. The only thing I am worried about would be keeping the core group of guys together for the next few year. Most are locked up, but as they keep getting stronger, offers from other teams will get better and better.
Young season, not a whole lot to get into just yet, maybe, just maybe, do we finally have a legit #1 goaltender in Halak here?
We havent seen that since Fuhr got injured vs Maple Leafs in playoffs. 

Moral of the Blog : Cardinals better step up their August/September play, or they might be losing more fans in the autumn months next year!
Posted on: September 1, 2010 5:00 pm


2010 Off to a nice start!
It was good to get this draft out of the way, and I was shocked at how it went. QBs were flying off the board in round 1.
I had the 1st pick since I totally sucked it up last season. Don't think that I will be placing at the bottom this season though.
LEAGUE REQUIRES 2 QBs, 2 Ks, and 2 DEF on roster at all times

Took Chris Johnson with the first pick of course, couldn't imagine taking AP, Rice or MJD, even though they should all tear it up this year. AP went 2nd, Rodgers went THIRD overall - insane considering the RBs still available, and it started a bizarre run on the position. Even with all of the QBs going round 1, i still think Mendenhall, pick 10, was the biggest reach of the round, he is rd2 talent at best, especially with the shaky o-Line in a division with tough DEF to play. Steal of the round - MJD, pick 9 (I cant say this enough - INSANE!)

2nd round was RB time for these guys, with 6 going before it got back to me, and GORE went last out of the RBs in that round, just doesnt make sense that Gore was the 11th RB taken, and the rest of the league is lucky he didnt get all the way back to me, cause Johnson/Gore wouldve dominated the league. I went WR-W, taking the 2nd and 3rd guys at that position in the draft. I ended up getting Miles Austin and Randy Moss, just didnt think Fitz will get it done with bad QBs, but we'll see. Moss should be a TD machine this year with Brady 100% and Austin will continue to be Romo's go to guy and that should be explosive again this year. Biggest reach of round 2 is a tie - Arian Foster and Ryan Grant have no business being drafted ahead of Frank Gore, not in any league. Steal of the round - Frank Gore, pick 7 in rd 2

After I took Moss, the WRs still didnt pick up as much as I thought in Rd 3, the other owners kept passing up RBs that I had high on my board, even though they were drafting that position. Biggest Reach: Marion Barber & Pierre Thomas went in this round, outside of that, the other 8 picks were all solid Rd 2 - Rd 4 type talent, no real reaches here. Steal - Reggie Wayne, pick 9 in rd 3

At the end of Rd 4, the other owners each had at least 1 WR on their teams, but I was still just 1 of 3 that had taken 2 WRs, so I decided to grab another Top tier WR and the best RB available. At first, I thought I was in trouble at RB since I heard names like Beanie Wells and Matt Forte recently called, but DeAngelo Williams was STILL available. A complete no brainer pick to finish the round, but there was 1 big reach for a player that I was tageting in round 7-8, Jermichael Finley was the first pick in this round, and we dont use a TE specific position, TE and WR is the same, with 3 starting each week. There were plently of WRs still available, so it shocked me to hear his name called at the beginning. Steal - DeAngelo Williams, pick 10 in rd 4

I started up round 5, tough decision with Boldin, Jennings, and maybe even put Crabtree andWelker in this group that I was debating on. In the end, went with the team that I thought would be passing the most out of them, and took Jennings, to make my starting 5 positions being C Johnson, DeAngelo Will, Miles Austin, Moss and Jennings - should turn out pretty good for me, I hope. This left me with my QB still to take, with all good ones that I was targeting gone by the 3rd round, I felt safe waiting still on that position. Besides, with Jennings, that makes me 1 of only 2 teams that has 3 big time WRs that are the unquestioned go to guys in their team's passing attack. ( the other team has Calvin Johnson, Anquan Boldin, Dewayne Bowe, I think mine are better, and this owner had not drafted Bowe at this point ) I was thrilled that after I took Jennings, 8 out of the next 9 picks were WRs/TEs, stripping the pool of most of the remaining 'sure things' at the position. I did see 3 picks here in round 5 that were big stretches in my book : all WRs - Dez Bryant, Robert Meachum, and Vincent Jackson. VJax will be a steal if he plays, but still has a 3 game suspension. Steal - Wes Welker pick5 rd 5 - was the 17th WR taken in the draft, I rated him top 15 in every type of scoring format for fantasy. supposedly the injury is not going to hamper him at all this year but we'll see.

As round 6 headed back my way, I saw almost all of the guys I wanted on my bench for WRs get taken : Dallas Clark, Mike SimsWalker, Dewayne Bowe, NYG Steve Smith, but those were all starters for those teams and wouldve been my 4th at the position, so I went with the best available for my bench, and took Vernon Davis, and am praying that he stays healthy and can repeat last yr's TD total. I really dont think SF has other passing options in the redzone besides him, so that should be good if gore can keep the chains moving. Reach of the round - Tim Hightower (zona has 0 run game) and possibly Jahvid Best, but if he gets the starters role, he could end up producing good value for a 6th rounder. Steal - nothing sticks out at me, possibly Bowe if he breaks out and has a #1 type year.

To kick off rd 7, I didnt see any good QB's out there that I felt needed to be picked yet, I was 1 of 2 teams that didnt have their starter yet so there wasnt much pressure. I went with LeSean McCoy to be my 3rd RB, giving me some great depth at RB, which also kicked off 4 other teams getting their 3rd RB, so I was ahead of the curve again. Brett the ageless wonder Farve also ended up going this round, to be the backup to Brady(taken in 1st rd) for that owner. Biggest Reach - Jason Snelling, ATL back up RB/FB, couldnt even believe that this guy was drafted, especially with what else was available out there. Another completely insane pick. Steal - Ronnie Brown pick 3 rd 7, just didnt want to pick this guy after so many season ending injuries, but could be amazing if he plays whole year.

Round 8 started off exactly how i did not want it to, the other team with no QB took Cutler, and I was scared that other guys may snatch up anything decent left in the QB pool, killing my team. Cutler was the only one to go, so I grabbed Matt Ryan to be my starting QB, and debated also taking a backup to start Rd 9, to give me 2 decent options at QB most weeks. Reaches - Braylon Edwards and Bernard Berrian both went this round, even though i did not think much of either of them this year. Super fast BB could be gigantic if Harvin and Rice never fully recover from injury. Steal - Percy Harvin pick 3 rd 8 - we get 1pt for every 20 return yds, Harvin could rack up some huge games if he can shake his headaches/injury concerns.

Couldn't convince myself to take 2 QBs in a row, so with 4 WRs and 3 RBs, I took my 4th and final RB of the draft with my 9th round pick. Went with my favorite breakout/sleeper pick this year - Justin Forsett, playing for the guy that is living a lie - Pete Carroll. He is hands down best RB option in SEA, who has an extremely weak schedule, and should get lots of reps and looks all season long. Leon Washington could steal some TDs, but I view him as more of a gimmick player/return man more than a goal line vulture like McGahee. And just like the last time I picked a RB, a nice group left the draft boards after me that included Jerome Harrison, Joseph Addai, and CJ Spiller. With the Jets DEF being taken in the middle of those guys as well, 1st DEF to get taken. Biggest Reach - by far this time Mark Sanchez, thats right, the dirty sanchez was taken in rd 9, to back up matt schuab, when they have the same bye week! Hilarious. Steal - CJ Spiller, went 2 spots AFTER fred jackson, at pick 8 rd 9, if he gets the ball enough, could get MJD-rookie year TD #s, even on the bills.

5 kickers and the 2nd DEF (dallas) went in round 10 before it got back to me. With back to back picks, I decided to go QB and get a DEF myself, just to be sure I didnt miss out on a top unit. I went with Chad Henne and left guys like Eli Manning & McNabb to be someone else's backups. Henne just got Marshall, and with Brian Hartline and Devone Bess, I think he might be a huge shocker this year. NWE is weak, inexperienced, and thin in the secondary, Jets are looking alot weaker without Revis, so he could excel in some division games this year. Biggest Reaches for round 10 - ALL 5 OWNERS THAT TOOK KICKERS THIS EARLY!! I had SF and DAL kickers as my main targets this year, and neither of them went yet so I defintely wasnt feeling any heat to jump the gun at that position. Steals - Alex SMith , Eli Manning, or Chad Henne, if any of them step up and get +4000yds, +24 TDs. (thats a reach for a steal!)

Took my DEF here in 11, the MIN Vikes should produce plenty of sacks and turnovers, hoping for a healthy dose of DEF TDs this year as well. 3 kickers and 4 more DEFs went this round, including Buehler for DAL. Again, reaches for kickers in a round that i thought alot more DEFs would go.Especially since denver's kicker went and I am not sure if their offense will move to ball enough to use him this year. Steal - Donovan McNabb pick 4, rd 11 - backing up Flacco, this is a hell of a pick, should never have a week where this owner can't rely on QB to come through for some big pts.

When round 12 came back, another K was gone, and 4 more DEFs (got mine at the right time there) so I followed suit and landed former Bengal boot, new k for Ravens, Shayne Graham, which I thought would be gone but he was still there so I took him ahead of Nedney for SF. I give myself the biggest reach this round, just didnt feel right taking a K this early. Steal - Knowshon Moreno pick 2 rd12, extemely rediculous, considering he doesn't make it past rd 4 in any other draft this year. Hamstring issues can be deadly for RBs, and I'll say it again, I dont see a high powered offense coming from the mile high city this year. Could be a bust, but the risk is more than worth it as that team's 4th RB. I just couldn't rationalize taking him, since I wanted to carry only 4 RBs and 6 WRs.

Started up 13 getting some more depth at WR spot, wasn't impressed with what was leftover so I went with another TE that is hoping for a big year: Brent Celek. He's got a new QB for the season, a QB that he has great raport built up with over the past few years. He should get alot of looks up and down the field, but especially with small WRs and RB in philly, he will get the red zone targets needed to be a successful TE. Biggest Reach - Toby Gerhart - hasnt looked like anything special this preseason, not giving MIN coaches any reason to not give AP the rock all year long. Steal - Tie between Devin Aromoshodu pick 9 Rd 13 and Josh Cribbs pick 6 Rd 13 - again, we get pts for return yardage, I've heard Devin A might replace Hester as Bears #1 WR in a Martz powered offense, and Cribbs can get pts on returns, rushing attempts, passing attempts, and receptions, the ultimate threat in our league.

Round 14 saw three more kickers go, as well as some bottom rung WRs. I took advantage of a rather boring round to land SF kicker Nedney, who I wanted on my team. Legedu Naanee was a huge reach in this round, or in any draft. This guy was not going to be drafted by anyone in this league, so that owner wasted a pick here. Steal - Ricky Williams pick 2 rd 14, if Ronnie gets injured, Ricky with be as hot as a roach from a doobie on his boat - hot enough to burn your fingertips.

Took the Bolts as my 2nd DEF in round 15. They play alot of games against sub par teams, so I like to have a good backup DEF and got one here. 2nd last round, nothing can really be considered a reach unless it would've gone undrafted, which wasn't the case in a round of 4 DEF, 3 K, 2 RB, and 1 QB. Another Tie for the Steal of the round - Donald Brown and Brandon Jacobs (boy I wished I had a spot for a RB on my team when I saw these guys still available and where they went)

As my last pick of the draft, I went and got some more depth at WR, and a pick that could pay some monster dividends in our league's format. Nate Burleson from Detriot rock city. We get points from return yards, the lions have a new RB for defenses to worry about, and Stafford to Johnson connection needs a double team almost every single play, so I think that should really open up the field for a player like Burleson, who flashed brilliance on multiple occasions with the seahwks, but couldnt stay healthy for a full year. hopefully this is his year! Patrick Crayton was the only reach in the final round here. Miles Austin, Roy Williams, Jason Witten, and Dez Bryant will all be looked at before Crayton in their passing attack. Not a guy worth drafting in a 10 team league. I still have 3 RBs and 2 breakout potential WRs on my list that went undrafted, so the wiggle room is there for me in case of injury. jonathan stewart was drafted (of course) but other than that, I didnt have any of my handcuffs taken by other teams. Julius Jones, Leon Washington, Javon Ringer, who ever backs up McCoy in PHI are all still out there, so I can get their backups if I need to in the future. Steal - Owen Daniels, pick 1 rd 16 - could be in for a nice season, another injury concern however on a team that already has Vincent Jackson, TJ Whosyomomma, & Braylon Edwards, could be a tough year for that guy's WRs.

Final Line Up:

QB Matt Ryan - ATL
QB Chad Henne - MIA
RB Chris Johnson - TEN
RB DeAngelo Williams - CAR
RB LeSean McCoy - PHI
RB Justin Forsett - SEA
WR Miles Austin - DAL
WR Randy Moss - NWE
WR Greg Jennings - GB
WR Vernon Davis  - SF
WR Brent Celek - PHI
K Shayne Graham - BAL
K Joe Nedney - SF
DEF Minnesota
DEF San Diego

I think my team looks like an early preseason favorite here, I would love to hear suggestions/thoughts regarding this draft. I have one more to go this year, a PPR league that drafts over this weekend.
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