Rams use draft to give Sam Bradford some new toys

Tweet By Brian Murphy, Saturday, April 30, 2011 6:00:31 PM CDT
Adding receivers was one of the St. Louis Rams' top priorities in this draft. Julio Jones didn't fall to them on Thursday, but they have certainly made up for it in the later rounds. The Rams added tight end Lance Kendricks, wide receiver Austin Pettis and wide receiver Gregory Salas in rounds two, three and four, respectively.

Fantasy Analysis:

Kendricks is an athletic 6-foot-3 inch tight end out of Wisconsin who has very good speed for a guy of his size. Pettis brings size -- he's also 6-foot-3 -- and can be a true red-zone target for the Rams. He is not afraid to catch in traffic and with contact. Salas, who caught at least 100 passes in each of his final two seasons at Hawaii, can be a third-down target and is a good player after the catch. However, neither of these wideouts have exceptional speed. The Rams should get Donnie Avery back from injury this year, and his explosiveness will be crucial to this offense. Plus, head coach Steve Spagnuolo said the team will try to re-sign Mark Clayton. Danny Amendola, who was the team's leading receiver last year, also remains. None of these guys are particularly elite and I doubt any of them will be fantasy studs, but the cupboard is full for Sam Bradford. I'm most intrigued by Pettis among the new guys.