St. Louis Rams draft recap
Post-Dispatch
04/21/2005

Some of the more notable former No. 1 draft picks for the Rams include running back Lawrence Phillips in 1996 and wide receiver Torry Holt in 1999.



A synopsis of Rams decisions in the NFL draft since the team arrived in St. Louis before the 1995 season. In 1995, Kevin Carter (left) was their first pick as the St. Louis Rams.


BEST DRAFT-RELATED TRADE
RB Marshall Faulk (from Indianapolis) for second- and fifth-round draft picks, 1999.


WORST DRAFT-RELATED TRADE
RB Jerome Bettis (to Pittsburgh) for second- and fourth-round picks, 1996.


BEST SMOKESCREEN
Two days before the 1999 draft, Dick Vermeil and Charley Armey talked at length about how much they liked CBs Champ Bailey and Chris McAlister at No. 6 overall. At the same time, the Rams were getting a "commemorative" Torry Holt jersey made for their draft news conference.


BY THE NUMBERS
17: Defensive backs taken in 10 "St. Louis" Rams drafts, more than any other position.
3: Quarterbacks taken in 10 years, the fewest of any position other than punter and kicker.
25: "St. Louis" Rams draft picks still with the team.
49: "St. Louis" Rams draft picks still in the league.


WORDS TO LIVE BY
"This guy is the best (pass) catcher in the draft. He has Terry Glenn-type hands, but he's a much better runner than Terry Glenn."

- Current Rams GM Charley Armey in 1999, on Torry Holt.


WORDS NOT TO LIVE BY
"We satisfied ourselves about Lawrence Phillips the person. Lawrence Phillips the human being."

- Former Rams GM Steve Ortmayer, in 1996, on a pre-draft meeting with Phillips.


- Jim Thomas