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    Round Two: 2009 Rams Draft Do-Over...Who Would You Take?

    11.11.2009 1:16 pm
    2009 Rams’ draft do-over … who would you take?
    By Roger Hensley


    THE WATERCOOLER

    QUESTION: Hindsight is always 20/20 … but perhaps not so much with the 2009 NFL draft class. If you could go back in time and reselect the Rams No. 2 overall pick, who would you have selected based on the first-half performance of the rookies this season?

    JIM THOMAS
    I was intrigued by the prospect of LB Aaron Curry, but have no problem with OT Jason Smith. But James Laurinaitis has worked out fine at LB as a second-round pick. And I wonder if Sanchez truly is a franchise-type quarterback.

    BERNIE MIKLASZ
    Well, I’ll be consistent and stay with what I said at the time: QB Mark Sanchez. I didn’t have a problem with the choice of OT Jason Smith. I believe Smith will be a terrific offensive tackle in the NFL and anchor the offensive line for a long time. But Billy Devaney and Steve Spagnuolo can’t fully implement their program until they install a quarterback who will be their long-term starter. Sanchez was the ideal fit for a West Coast offense. He’s certainly had some struggles during his rookie season, but that doesn’t mean much if you pay attention to history. Many Hall of Fame quarterbacks came out of the gate slowly as young NFL starters. The Rams could have used this season as a way to slowly ease a rookie QB into the offense to get him some work and experience. Instead, if they draft a QB in 2010, which is something we can expect, 2010 will be a developmental season for the rookie QB. In other words, the Rams will have wasted a year in beginning the inevitable process. And for those pining for Keith Null: internally he is not viewed as a long-term answer at QB for the Rams. Sorry.

    JEFF GORDON
    If the Rams had taken LB Aaron Curry, they probably wouldn’t have taken James Laurinaitis. But Curry’s early returns for Seattle were awesome. He looks like a home-run hitter on the defensive side, a game-changer. The Rams could have landed a tackle in the second round and possibly come out ahead. Mark Sanchez and Matthew Stafford have promise at QB, but both would be losing game after game here — and perhaps developing bad habits.

    KATHLEEN NELSON
    “Based on first-half performance?” Percy Harvin looks like a good pick. He’s made an immediate impact in the offense and on special teams with the Vikings; two kickoff returns for TDs, 369 receiving yards, 3 TD catches. Maybe it helps to have Brett Favre throwing to you, though. I’m not dissing Jason Smith, though. I think he could grow into an anchor on the offensive line. He just hasn’t been as fast out of the blocks or as visible as Harvin.


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    Re: Round Two: 2009 Rams Draft Do-Over...Who Would You Take?

    I think for now I would use that do-over to actually pick the same 2 players that we did with our first 2 picks. Laurinaitis is playing as well as Curry and for a lot less money. Jason Smith the jury is still out on as far as I'm concerned - he has not had Orlando Pace like impact right away (would be nice if every top 5 OT did - but that's not usually the case) but he hasn't yet shown himself to be the wrong pick either. So far I think for the first 2 picks OT & MLB were the right positions and Smith & Laurinaitis were the right players.

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    Re: Round Two: 2009 Rams Draft Do-Over...Who Would You Take?

    Before the draft I was advocating selecting Sanchez with the idea of trading him to a QB-hungry team for a mess of picks and such. If we did not get an offer that was sufficient, then I would have by all means kept Mr. Sanchez for our future QB. I agree with Bernie that he is tailor-made for the WCO and I believe he will only get better and better from here on out.

    Also, it turned out that Eben Britton WAS available when we picked in the 2nd round so we could have got our OT at that point. However,having said that, I still think that Jason Smith will develop into a dominanat player in the long run.

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    Re: Round Two: 2009 Rams Draft Do-Over...Who Would You Take?

    Curry.... Could have had right tackle in the latter rounds. And for less money
    than a left tackle.

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    Re: Round Two: 2009 Rams Draft Do-Over...Who Would You Take?

    Mark Sanchez

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    Re: Round Two: 2009 Rams Draft Do-Over...Who Would You Take?

    I like what the Rams did with their 1st two picks. I agree with Bernie's assessment of Jason Smith- he is a guy who's had a few rough spots early on, but he's shown enough to suggest he could be a guy who'll play at a high level for quite some time. Laurinaitis is a guy I hope to root for for the next 8-9 years, and the early returns on him are excellent.

    Unless the guy's Lawrence Taylor, taking an LB with the number two pick was not the way I'd have gone- and Laurinaitis' production should not have guys drooling over Aaron Curry. And I wasn't particularly high on Mark Sanchez at the time because I thought Bulger would have it together this year.

    But let's not go there....

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    Re: Round Two: 2009 Rams Draft Do-Over...Who Would You Take?

    I don't think I would have changed anything about the 1st two picks either. I think both Smith and JL are long term building blocks for this team. No matter who was picked in those spots they weren't going to come in here and make this team a playoff contender in one year. I think they fit nicely into Spags long term plan to BUILD a winning franchise. Hopefully they can go out this year in the draft and get a couple of more successful pieces to the puzzle.
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    Re: Round Two: 2009 Rams Draft Do-Over...Who Would You Take?

    I don't know how Eugene Monroe is doing this year, as the only time I've watched him is when we played Jacksonville and he completely shut out Chris Long. I've noticed that Michael Oher has been playing pretty sharp so far. However, since Smith has been gone with an injury, it's unfair to judge him and certainly way too early to. I like the Laurinaitis pick, however, the only thing I wasn't too keen on him before the draft was that he's not very aggressive, doesn't hit very hard, and doesn't have much upside as Curry or the USC trio. But, the jury is still out. We'll see how they develop and play.

    I'm satisfied with these two picks.

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    Re: Round Two: 2009 Rams Draft Do-Over...Who Would You Take?

    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
    I like what the Rams did with their 1st two picks.
    So do I. We needed a LT for the future and Jason Smith has the measurables as well as the hunger to succeed. He's a team first guy as well, willing to do whatever is asked of him. He's going to be a great player IMO.

    And Laurinaitis? What's not to love? He's stepped right in and calls the plays for the defense, is a solid tackler, and a playmaker. His 56 tackles, 3 passes defended and 2 int's more than measure up to Curry's 44 tackles, 3 passes defended, 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

    I wouldn't change a thing.

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    Re: Round Two: 2009 Rams Draft Do-Over...Who Would You Take?

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    So do I. We needed a LT for the future and Jason Smith has the measurables as well as the hunger to succeed. He's a team first guy as well, willing to do whatever is asked of him. He's going to be a great player IMO.

    And Laurinaitis? What's not to love? He's stepped right in and calls the plays for the defense, is a solid tackler, and a playmaker. His 56 tackles, 3 passes defended and 2 int's more than measure up to Curry's 44 tackles, 3 passes defended, 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

    I wouldn't change a thing.
    we all know I wasnt a fan of Smith at #2, and Im still not. When we draft for that specific position and that draft spot-- that person has to come in and make an immediate impact (IE Thomas/Long from the prior years at LT) IMO Last years LT selections werent the same calibre as the prior years, and I still stand by my Curry pick. (2 sacks!!! lol three at least some pass rush there)

    Perhaps having the impact OLB of Curry lined to the outside of Clong would help to free up Long? dunno, but out LT of the future could have been looked this year, or have been attempted in rd 2 of '09.

    Or I would have traded down to try to get 2 1st round picks-- and if that were the case, I would have taken Oher and Malaunga.

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    Re: Round Two: 2009 Rams Draft Do-Over...Who Would You Take?

    Quote Originally Posted by punahou View Post
    we all know I wasnt a fan of Smith at #2, and Im still not. When we draft for that specific position and that draft spot-- that person has to come in and make an immediate impact (IE Thomas/Long from the prior years at LT) IMO Last years LT selections werent the same calibre as the prior years, and I still stand by my Curry pick. (2 sacks!!! lol three at least some pass rush there)

    Perhaps having the impact OLB of Curry lined to the outside of Clong would help to free up Long? dunno, but out LT of the future could have been looked this year, or have been attempted in rd 2 of '09.

    Or I would have traded down to try to get 2 1st round picks-- and if that were the case, I would have taken Oher and Malaunga.

    Smith has come in and made an immediate impact at right tackle. Have you not seen the run blocking we are getting on that right side? Its ridiculous.

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    Re: Round Two: 2009 Rams Draft Do-Over...Who Would You Take?

    I bet if you put this question to the Seahawks fans, they would have said that they wished they had gone for an O lineman or QB.. I really like what we did in the Draft, Smith really came out against the Lions, hes going to be GOOD and James is going to be a star in the middle for years....


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    Re: Round Two: 2009 Rams Draft Do-Over...Who Would You Take?

    You know, I was high on Monroe and thought we would take him, but I wouldn't change our picks, especially the Laurinaitis pick. There's no reason to question our picks at all so far. Smith has been competing at a high level, and Laurinaitis has immediately stepped in and anchored our defense.

    Ask me again in 2 1/2 years, and I'll probably tell you the same thing.

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