"When Justin Blackmon was selected by the Jaguars, Jeff Fisher couldn't help but let his frustration show. He slammed his eyeglasses on the table in front of him and said the first one syllable expletive that came to mind"
-Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com, Friday, 4/27/12
Any doubt now as to whom the Rams wanted at 6? They moved down, gambled Blackmon would still be there and lost. Put aside the thoughts about "Maybe the Rams weren't as high on Blackmon as others", "Fisher is a defensive guy first", etc. and so forth. Forget trying to justify missing out on him. They wanted him. He was their choice. And they miscalculated where he'd go.
When this scenario failed, they did the next best thing and got a guy they liked and obtained a couple more picks. They are to be given credit for that. But make no mistake- the guy I feel was our ticket to immediate offensive legitimacy got away, and it puts the focus squarely on this front office to get at least two weapons for their 50 million dollar investment, Sam Bradford, in this round. They need their heads examined if they fail to do so.
I don't think it's any secret at this point that the Rams wanted Blackmon. According to the Silver article, it appears he was their second choice behind Richardson, and Brockers was their third choice.
Sometimes teams don't get to take their first or second choice. It happens. I don't think the Rams missed out on a player they liked and were considering. The Jets wanted Mark Barron but he was taken before they were on the clock. This happens every draft. Teams have to adjust, as do fans.
The Rams are entering the second round of the draft today having not yet fulfilled their need at wide receiver. If they fail to fulfill it today or tomorrow, I'll be critical of the front office as well.
But this wasn't a one-player draft, especially at a position that is considered to be one of the deepest in the class; anyone who approaches this event with that mindset is not only being unrealistic but just setting themselves up for disappointment.
Nobody is denying that the Rams wanted Justin Blackmon at pick #6. Had he been there, and the Rams selected him, nobody would have been upset.
But... and I can't stress this enough... JUSTIN BLACKMON WAS NOT THERE AT #6!!!!
Let it put it to you this way, when the Rams were on the clock at No. 6, they had an equal chance of taking Justin Blackmon, Calvin Johnson and Jerry Rice (in case I've lost you, that would be 0%).
So, the Rams went to their contingency plan: take Michael Brockers. They could have done so at No. 6 (in fact, I think that one could argue that, based on experience, that's probably what Devaney would have done). Instead, they traded back, still got their man, and obtained the #45 pick as a bonus.
Would I have taken Blackmon over Brockers and the #45 pick? Yes, and the Rams would have too.
But... and again... I can't stress this enough...
THAT WAS NOT AN OPTION!
You do of course understand that had they not traded out of the #2 spot, they still would NOT have Blackmon? They would have taken Richardson, and they would not have their top DT prospect, the #39, the #45, an extra 2013 first rounder, and an extra 2014 first rounder.Quote:
They moved down, gambled Blackmon would still be there and lost.
This is great banter going back and forth. My head is spinning.
All I can say is what I have been saying all along. I trust Jeff Fisher 100%!
It's interesting, but it isn't all positive. The overall narrative depicts the Rams passively waiting and hoping that no one will take their favorite players while other teams go out and take what they want. We stay put. If we don't get our guy, we trade down. If we don't get our guy again, we settle or trade down again.
If this is how things went down, glass half full, you say the Rams lucked into getting their guy and picked up extra value in the process. Glass half empty, you say that he was their third choice, and they were willing to risk moving back eight spots because they either assumed that other teams didn't rate him that highly or weren't that concerned about not getting him. Does that mean that the Rams didn't have anyone other than Richardson, Blackmon, and possibly Kalil rated higher than a mid-round grade?
No, goldenfleece, it means that they rated Brockers much higher than most media pundits and thought that Cox was on even par with him, but would go higher, and that Poe was not that good. They knew we had lots of holes, and if we missed out on Richardson and Blackmon, the next best thing was to try to trade down and fill a couple holes while still getting their top rated(in the end) DT. It isn't that they said that he was the 14th best player, they had him in their top 5. They assumed that given other players and other teams' needs would let him drop there. Like Miami and their QB.
It's called having cake and eating it too.
That was a good read, I love the condifence they have in Brockers. And best of all, we got something extra out of it since they would have taken him at 6 since Blackmon was gone. Now 3 picks in the second to get some quality players.
My trust has never been higher in Fisher. Takes the best DT (that fits our needs) and continues to grab more picks. After todays 2nd and 3rd rounds, many people will be much happier seeing what we do with 4 picks.