Draft Rewind CLASS OF 1995
Draft Rewind CLASS OF 1995
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
1st round, 6th overall – Kevin Carter, DE, Florida
Carter spent six seasons with the Rams as the starting left defensive end before being traded to the Tennessee Titans during the 2001 offseason. Carter started 93 of the 96 games he played in St. Louis, making 305 tackles (217 solo) while notching 62.5 sacks. The 1995 Carroll Rosenbloom Memorial Award winner, given to the Rams’ rookie of the year, also had seven fumble recoveries, 14 forced fumbles, and 11 passes defensed. Carter started all four postseason contests the Rams played in during his tenure in St. Louis, including Super Bowl XXXIV against his current team, the Titans. He made eight tackles (six solo) with three sacks in the postseason with the Rams.
Carter, the former first team all-America choice at Florida, had many memorable achievements with the Rams, including his NFL-high, and official team-record 17 sacks in 1999 (sacks became an official NFL statistic in 1982, but Rams DE David “Deacon” Jones made 22 unofficial sacks in a season twice, in 1964 and 1968). During that Super Bowl season, Carter also had two fumble recoveries, two passes defensed and four forced fumbles, helping him earn his first Pro Bowl invitation.
2nd round, 38th overall – Zach Weigert, OL, Nebraska
Weigert spent four seasons with the Rams, starting at both right guard and right tackle in 46 of 49 games. In 1996, Weigert started all 16 games at right tackle and received a game ball against Atlanta 11/10 after helping the team to its highest rushing total (279) since 1984. 1997 was the 1994 Outland Trophy Award winner’s, given to the nation’s top interior lineman in college, most notable as he caught one pass for one yard at Washington 11/30 to give the Rams a first down on the game-winning drive that ended with a 25-yard field goal by K Jeff Wilkins with four seconds remaining. Three weeks later at Carolina 12/20, Weigert scored his first career touchdown as he recovered a fumble by RB Jerald Moore in the end zone, becoming the first Rams offensive lineman to score a touchdown since Tom Newberry in 1986.
2nd round, 62nd overall – Jesse James, OL, Mississippi
James spent time with the Rams in both the 1995 and ’96 seasons, playing in two games. The former all-SEC first-team selection made his NFL debut on special teams at Atlanta 11/19/95 and saw his only other action with St. Louis in the 1996 season opener against Cincinnati before being suspended for the next five games for violating the NFL substance abuse policy.
3rd round, 82nd overall – Steve McLaughlin, K, Arizona
McLaughlin played the first eight games of the 1995 season for the Rams, scoring 41 points, which gave him a second place finish for the Rams’ scoring title. The 1994 Lou Groza Award winner, given to the nation’s best kicker in college, connected all 17 PATs attempted and eight of 16 field goals.
McLaughlin scored his first career point in the 1995 season opener at Green Bay 9/3 in the second quarter as he kicked the extra point after a touchdown pass from QB Chris Miller to WR Isaac Bruce. He later helped win the game with a 19-yard field goal with 5:22 left to play to help seal the Rams’ 17-14 win. McLaughlin’s career-long field goal came from 45 yards out in the Rams’ 34-28 win at home over Chicago 9/24.
4th round, 115th overall – Lovell Pinkney, WR/TE, Texas
Pinkney played in eight games for the Rams in 1995, making one reception, a 13-yard catch from QB Chris Miller at Philadelphia 10/29. Pinkney was released during training camp in 1996.
5th round, 140th overall – Mike Scurlock, S, Arizona
Scurlock played four seasons in St. Louis, starting one of the 51 games he appeared in. In 1995 he played in 14 games, making his only career start against Buffalo 12/10 and made his only career interception, which he returned for 13 yards before later spraining his knee and being placed on reserve/injured for the last two games of the season. Scurlock played in all 16 games in 1996, making a career-high 13 tackles (seven solo) on the season. Against Jacksonville 10/20/96, he made a career-high eight tackles (five solo) and set up a first quarter field goal by forcing a fumble on special teams.
7th round, 214th overall – Gerald McBurrows, S, Kansas
McBurrows spent four seasons with the Rams, starting 13 of the 48 games he appeared in. For his career, McBurrows made 131 tackles (93 solo) with one sack, one interception, 11 passes defensed, one forced fumble, and 41 special teams tackles.
McBurrows best season came in 1996 where he appeared in all 16 games, starting six, on his way to registering 70 tackles (48 solo) with his only career interception and five passes defensed. In 1995 he led the team with 25 special teams tackles and led reserves on defense with 32 tackles (26 solo).
7th round, 220th overall – Herman O’Berry, DB, Oregon
O’Berry spent 1995 training camp with St. Louis before being released at the end of camp. O’Berry then came back to the Rams in 1996, spending the first six weeks on the practice squad and then the last 10 games on the active roster, notching seven solo tackles, one interception, one pass defensed, and one special teams tackle.
7th round, 239th overall – Bronzell Miller, DE/LB, Utah
Miller was cut at the end of training camp in 1995 and spent a short time on the Rams’ practice squad that season.
7th round, 240th overall – JT Thomas, WR, Arizona State
Thomas spent four seasons with St. Louis, starting two of the 51 games he played in. He made 34 receptions for 400 yards (11.8 average) with two touchdowns and a long of 42 yards in his time with the Rams. Thomas’ best season came in 1998 when he made 20 catches for 287 yards (average of 14.4 yards) with two touchdowns.
Re: Draft Rewind CLASS OF 1995
great history, but I just don't understand the point of the post of it on the rams main site!