Rams Offseason Moves Garner an 'A'
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Posted: 10 Jul 2012 10:58 am
St. Louis Rams' 2012 draft selections
Round Pick Position Player College
(1) 14 DT Michael Brockers LSU
(2) 33 WR Brian Quick Appalachian State
(2) 39 CB Janoris Jenkins North Alabama
(2) 50 RB Isaiah Pead Cincinnati
(3) 65 CB Trumaine Johnson Montana
(4) 96 WR Chris Givens Wake Forest
(5) 150 T Rokevious Watkins South Carolina
(6) 171 K Greg Zuerlein Missouri Western
(7) 209 LB Aaron Brown Hawaii
(7) 252 RB Daryl Richardson Abilene Christian
Key FA additions:
CB Cortland Finnegan, DT Kendall Langford, C Scott Wells, DE William Hayes, WR Steve Smith, OLB Rocky McIntosh, DT Trevor Laws, OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, T Barry Richardson, OLB Mario Haggan
Key FA losses: WR Brandon Lloyd, CB Ron Bartell, DE James Hall, DT Justin Bannan, DT Fred Robbins, G Jacob Bell, C Jason Brown, DT Gary Gibson, OLB Chris Chamberlain
Analysis: This is a much different team than when Jeff Fisher accepted the job as head coach … and I love what they have done.
St. Louis' defense is going to be much improved. The outside linebackers are still a weakness, but I like the safeties that are in place and the Rams are incredibly improved at the cornerback position. Finnegan was excellent in 2011, and he brings the attitude that Fisher desires to his new team. He also should take rookie Janoris Jenkins under his wing, which could result in one of the best cornerback pairings in the NFL before long. Trumaine Johnson was also a steal at the 65th pick overall to improve St. Louis' secondary. The Rams are going to have one of the best groups of defensive ends in the NFL, and the addition of Hayes shouldn't be overlooked as an exceptional third end behind Chris Long and Robert Quinn. He is a better player against the run than Long or Quinn. With the purging of veteran defensive tackles and the additions of Langford, the pesky Laws and rookie Michael Brockers, the Rams' defensive line is young and should be superb in the very near future.
On the offensive line, St. Louis will have to live with its young tackles (Jason Smith and Rodger Saffold) for now, but the Rams should be much improved on the interior -- and the tackles could certainly rebound. While I like rookie Isaiah Pead to backup Steven Jackson and immediately complement his running style, the passing game here still gives me pause. Sam Bradford can be great, but he needs to regain some confidence and stay healthy. Plus, who is going to emerge from this huge pile of young Rams' pass-catchers? Rookies Brian Quick and Chris Givens are quality additions, but this unit needed a stud veteran instead of more unknown youngsters.
Hmmm .. Clearly Steve Smith doesn't qualify as studly ...
But in the end, the huge key to the Rams' offseason will come in the bounty of draft picks they secured from Washington going forward. The pieces are in place for a true rebuild here.
Re: Rams Offseason Moves Garner an 'A'
I think its clear this organization realized that they had to do the type of rebuild they did in the order that they did. They knew that it was far more important to upgrade the defense, and from there they just added pieces to the offense, but in the end it was clear that not every need would be filled this year. WR was definitely not as high on the list as we all thought ( though it could have been).
It makes sense though, because from here on, we can ALWAYS upgrade our receiving corps the way WE want to with a true number 1 ( im hoping I'm wrong with that because we ALL really want QUICK to be the guy ) Yet, hopefully, we have a defense that we can hang our hat on for years to come