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Past first-round draft picks by the Rams in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Saturday, Apr. 26 2008
Past first-round draft picks by the Rams in St. Louis:
Year Player Overall pick Pos. Team
1995 ... Kevin Carter, No. 6, DE, Florida
Still in league, spent first 6 seasons with Rams; led NFL in sacks (17) for '99
Super Bowl champs.
1996 ... Lawrence Phillips, No. 6, RB, Nebraska
Big-time bust made more headlines off the field than on; washed out in two
***They forgot Kennison
1997 ... Orlando Pace, No. 1, OT, Ohio State
Rams traded up to top spot and Pace hasn't disappointed with seven Pro Bowl
1998 ... Grant Wistrom, No. 6, DE, Nebraska
Nonstop, extra-effort player averaged nearly 8 sacks per season from 1999
1999 ... Torry Holt, No. 6, WR, N. Carolina St.
One of the game's greats is still going strong despite knee issues; seven-time
2000 ... Trung Canidate, No. 31, RB, Arizona
Faster than Marshall Faulk, and that's where the comparison ended; lasted just
2001 ... Damione Lewis, No. 12, DT, Miami
Still in league; a disappointment in St. Louis, always looked better in
practice than games.
2001 ... Adam Archuleta, No. 20, SS, Arizona State
For a while appeared on verge of Pro Bowl status, but was never the same after
2001 ... Ryan Pickett , No. 29, DT, Ohio State
An active, effective run stuffer; Rams shouldn't have let him go to Green Bay
in free agency.
2002 ... Robert Thomas, No. 31, LB, UCLA
Was a reach in the first-round and didn't reach too many ball-carriers; gone
after three seasons.
2003 ... Jimmy Kennedy, No. 12, DT, Penn State
Talked a good game. ... Next to Phillips, the biggest first-round bust for the
Rams in St. Louis.
2004 ... Steven Jackson, No. 24, RB, Oregon State
One of the game's elite backs; a three-time 1,000-yard rusher and 2006 season
2005 ... Alex Barron, No. 19, OT, Florida State
Underrated toughness, but too many penalties; has been decent for Rams but
could be better.
2006 ... Tye Hill, No. 15, CB, Clemson
Fast, competitive, but slowed by injuries last season; too early to pass final
2007 ... Adam Carriker, No. 13, DL, Nebraska
Coming off a solid rookie season in '07; can play — and play well — at tackle
or end positions.
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