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    2013 NFL Draft Fallout: St. Louis Rams

    2013 NFL Draft Fallout: St. Louis Rams

    By Dan Hanzus
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    Published: May 13, 2013 at 09:54 p.m.

    The Rams entered the draft process in desperate need of a wide receiver who could bring fire to their offense. It just so happened that the 2013 NFL Draft class -- maligned in many ways -- had one of the most dynamic playmakers to come out of the position in years.

    That playmaker, of course, was Tavon Austin, who the Rams landed at eighth overall after trading up. It was a no-brainer move for a franchise that desperately needed to give Sam Bradford a wide receiver who could impact games. Danny Amendola showed flashes of that ability when healthy, but he took his act to Foxborough. Austin presents an upgrade with a Percy Harvin-level ceiling.

    The Rams fully will explore ways to take advantage of Austin's explosiveness. Expect to see him lined up on both the inside and outside as a receiver. We're sure to see some backfield sets as well.

    Austin also can be an elite return man, though the Rams must be careful not to over-extend one of the smallest players in the NFL.

    Three takeaways


    1. Austin was a great selection, but don't sleep on the Rams' other first-rounder. Alec Ogletree, the 30th overall pick, is another player with star potential. The inside linebacker is a converted safety who will be a huge asset on the coverage end. San Francisco ***** tight end Vernon Davis' job just got a lot tougher against the Rams.



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    2. For those scoring at home, the Rams' bounty in last year's blockbuster RG3 trade now includes: defensive tackle Michael Brockers, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, running back Isaiah Pead, offensive tackle Rokevious Watkins, Ogletree and a first-round pick in 2014. It's a nice haul to be sure, but the trade is a failure for general manager Les Snead if quarterback Sam Bradford fails to fulfill his potential. Which leads us to ...

    3. The time is now for Bradford. He has the weapons. He has the faith of the decision-makers. Now he needs to make the leap. There will be no excuses.


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    Re: 2013 NFL Draft Fallout: St. Louis Rams

    Yea Bradford buddy, this ones on you now my friend.

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    Re: 2013 NFL Draft Fallout: St. Louis Rams

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    2. For those scoring at home, the Rams' bounty in last year's blockbuster RG3 trade now includes: defensive tackle Michael Brockers, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, running back Isaiah Pead, offensive tackle Rokevious Watkins, Ogletree and a first-round pick in 2014.
    He forgot about Steadman Bailey, acquired with a pick gained as a result of trading from #22 (the Redskins' pick) to #30, and (half-of) Zac Stacy, acquired with a package of two 6th rounders (one of which was acquired in the trade of #22 to #30).

    It's a nice haul to be sure, but the trade is a failure for general manager Les Snead if quarterback Sam Bradford fails to fulfill his potential.
    Idiotic statement. The trade is a success... period. The Rams acquired a core of young players rather than a QB who currently would be on injured reserve. This isn't even debateable.
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    Re: 2013 NFL Draft Fallout: St. Louis Rams

    Michael Brockers, Alec Ogletree and Janoris Jenkins, man that in itself in a huge haul from the RG3 trade if you ask me. That right there is three starters added in two years, too a very good defense and all three of them have the potential to become all pros.

    It's looking like the Rams played the numbers game and will hit on more then a few players.

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    Re: 2013 NFL Draft Fallout: St. Louis Rams

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post

    Idiotic statement. The trade is a success... period. The Rams acquired a core of young players rather than a QB who currently would be on injured reserve. This isn't even debateable.

    I totally agree AV. How in the world could he say something like that... we are building our TEAM... the Redskins invested in an INDIVIDUAL who, like you say, will more often than not have problems staying healthy. VERY idiotic and senseless statement
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    Re: 2013 NFL Draft Fallout: St. Louis Rams

    rNemesis--all too true! I have caught a lot of flak myself for saying RGIII is a bust--and so far I still stand by my opion. Granted, there is likely too much media attention on his rehab, but it was a train wreck in the making even if he enters the season 100%. First, has RGIII learned not to run reckless on the field--not likely. Second, did the Redskins shore up their offense to make it that RGIII doen't have to rely on his legs more so then his arm--I don't think so. Third, how many seasons does the RGIII deal cost the Redskins without first round draft picks--to get top talent they have to shop the free-agency market and thats rather expensive.

    Short term, the RGIII deal was a boon to the Redskins--longterm, its likely to be viewed along the lines as the 80s H. Walker deal. The only saving grace for the Redskins is that the Eagles are in rebuild mode and Dallas has J. Jones running the show while the Giants is a basket case, never knowing if this is a good or a bad year.

    Question for the Redskins, assumming the win their division, how do they stack up against, 49whinners, Packers, or Falcons who are current favorites to make the playoffs. And if not that bunch the Rams/Seahawks/Panthers/Saints that might be in the mix.
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