In another thread, I commented on the fact that I don't think the Rams should draft Brodrick Bunkley in the first round. I thought it would be beneficial to create a thread to elaborate on why.
Bunkley had an oustanding senior season, racking up 23 tackles for loss with nine sacks. He's a very quick and athletic player, who can move well laterally down the line. He's a good pass rushing defensive tackle who has displayed good upper body strength and a good motor.
However, he doesn't fit what we're looking for in an immediate need. After signing La'Roi Glover and letting Ryan Pickett walk, the Rams are in need of a big run-stuffing nose tackle. That's a role that Jimmy Kennedy will likely compete for, but if the Rams draft Bunkley and expect him to start next to Glover, they're going to find themselves suseptible to inside runs because neither Bunkley or Glover have great size for the defensive tackle position and neither are big run-stuffing nose tackles.
Furthermore, Bunkley has some injury concerns and off the field issues that should raise red flags. He tore his left ACL in high school, and then tore his left MCL in 2002. He has a bit of a nagging ankle injury from last season, and defensive tackles with ankle injuries are something we've had bad experience with in the past. He's not known for an exceptional work ethic, either.
You could draft Bunkley with the expectation of him spelling Glover at the under tackle position and eventually (if everything works out) taking over that position when Glover either retires or is a free agent. But if the Rams are looking for a player to compliment Glover on the line and compete with Kennedy for a starting job, I don't think Bunkley is the answer.