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  • Our #1 Receiver in the 2011 Draft?

    In the upcoming 2010 draft, the current receivers projected to go in the first round are:

    Damian Williams (USC)
    Brandon Lafell (LSU)
    Dez Bryant (Ok. State)

    (Golden Tate and Arrelious Benn might have a chance of sneaking in)

    That being said, do we address our WR need this year, and not grab a franchise QB, or grab a franchise QB in the first round, and try to get some talent later in the draft?

    Well, we may have found the answer. In the 2011 draft, there are three juniors who have immense talents, great size, great hands, and terrific athletic ability.

    They are:

    A.J Green (Georgia)
    Michael Floyd (Notre Dame)
    Julio Jones (Alabama)

    All three of these guys were five-star recruits coming out of high school. All three of these guys have great size.
    They all had great freshman years.

    Green is almost 6'5, 190lbs.
    Floyd comes in at 6'3, 220lbs.
    Jones is at 6'4, 215lbs.

    Some think A.J Green is the next Randy Moss, albeit a little bit slower. This guy catches everything that comes his way. Made Stafford look amazing in 2008. Also works the other way, as Green had a good QB to throw to him. Put up great numbers his freshman year. Will jump up and fight for every ball. Big target in the endzone. Very smart player.

    Michael Floyd can make the difficult catches. Good, tough runner after the catch. But, he's more fragile than Green or Jones. Starting receiver over Golden Tate this year, but was knocked out because of injuries. This guy will make big plays consistently.

    Julio Jones is the toughest of the bunch. Has nice bulk, and he can carry multiple defenders while running. Will also catch almost any ball. Was toted as the best receiver behind Michael Crabtree last year.

    Although not very credible or very accurate yet, all three of these guys are projected to go in the top ten in the 2011 draft.

    If we decide not to get a true #1 receiver this year, we should keep a close eye on these three.

  • #2
    Re: Our #1 Receiver in the 2011 Draft?

    I don't think a first round WR is in the cards. First, the Rams are saving on a ton on their WR corp. Second, they have a solid group if they can get healthy. Robinson, Gibson, Burton and Avery a nice group of four WR. The team only goes with 4 WR's right now so who do they bench in favor of another player? Then you throw in Foster, Amendola (both expendable) and it's a crowded group. They are more likely in my opinion to gamble on 4 of those guys and maybe adding a mid-level free agent or rookie if they see a problem.

    I like Denario Alexander of the MU Tigers more than I liked Maclin as a pro prospect. Not as fast but he's much bigger, great route running, better hands and still has enough speed to run past most DBs. I love the guy as a 3rd round type WR.


    • #3
      Re: Our #1 Receiver in the 2011 Draft?

      I just hope we don't draft Clausen. I'd rather have Bryant than Clausen.


      • #4
        Re: Our #1 Receiver in the 2011 Draft?

        You know, I forgot all about Julio Jones, but he is just nasty. I'd like him on our team. He would definitely bring the physical presence that our squad needs. It's a shame he's only a sophomore, I thought he was older than that...


        • #5
          Re: Our #1 Receiver in the 2011 Draft?

          Originally posted by shower beers View Post
          You know, I forgot all about Julio Jones, but he is just nasty. I'd like him on our team. He would definitely bring the physical presence that our squad needs. It's a shame he's only a sophomore, I thought he was older than that...
          Yep, I would be more than happy if we got Jones in 2011. The kid is very physical. Catches and run like a receiver, hits like a big tight end.


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          • AvengerRam_old
            My view of the 2011 draft is evolving.
            by AvengerRam_old
            As the Rams continue to show improvement, I find myself moving away from a "hole filling" mentality and towards a "BPA" approach for the 2011 draft.

            That's a good thing. The reason perennially strong teams remain in contention is that they have the ability to focus on simply obtaining talent, rather than constantly filling holes (potentially at the risk of "reaching.")

            I do have one fairly obvious caveat to the BPA approach, though...

            Wide receiver.

            The Rams need to put a premium on the WR position when considering its draft options. The reason is equally obvious. When you have a rising star QB like Sam Bradford, you want to give him as many weapons as possible.

            So, if there is a clear cut first round WR on the board when the Rams pick, I think that's where they have to go. Right now, I see only three players who fit that definition: A.J. Green, Justin Blackmon (if he declares early) and Julio Jones.

            After those three, there is a fairly long list of WRs who I'd give a Round 1/2 grade to: Michael Floyd, Jonathan Baldwin, Leonard Hankerson and Ryan Broyles top that list.

            So, if the Rams are unable to get one of the "Big 3" WRs with their first pick, I'd go with a modified BPA approach in making the first selection. Essentially, it would be the BPA among the following positions:

            RB, WR, TE, DE, DT, OLB, DB

            Or, stated another way, any position other than QB, OL, FB, MLB, K and P.

            Of course, FA could change all of this, but that's a discussion for another day.
            -12-03-2010, 11:05 AM
          • AvengerRam_old
            Who is the third best WR in the draft?
            by AvengerRam_old
            I think there is near consensus that A.J. Green and Julio Jones are the top two WRs in the 2011 NFL draft.

            So... who's #3?

            This could be an important question for the Rams if either (1) Green and Jones are gone by pick #14, and/or (2) the Rams decide that the top player at #14 is not a WR, but wish to take WR in Round 2.
            Torrey Smith, Maryland
            Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh
            Leonard Hankerson, Miami (FL)
            Greg Little, North Carolina
            Titus Young, Boise State
            Randall Cobb, Kentucky
            Jerrel Jernigan, Troy
            -02-15-2011, 09:13 AM
          • RockinRam
            If a big WR is wanted, we should wait for 2011 Draft
            by RockinRam
            If we do indeed draft Bradford, he's going to need fast, tall, consistent, explosive, or playmaking receivers. Or all of them.

            We have a fast receiver in Donnie Avery.

            We have a consistent receiver in Laurent Robinson and Keenan Burton.

            We have an explosive receiver in Brandon Gibson.

            We have a playmaking receiver in Danny Amendola.

            What we're lacking is a big, tall receiver. A Randy Moss-Andre Johnson type of mold.

            And I believe if we want one, we should wait till the 2011 draft.

            For the 2010 Draft, we should grab a solid tight end for Bradford. A consistent, able to catch in traffic, big redzone target for him. Gresham is a possibility.

            But, I don't really find any tall standout WRs in this draft. There is Demaryius Thomas, and Danario Alexander. That's it.

            For the 2011 Draft, here's some WRs we should look at:

            *Note that the projected rounds aren't accurate because it doesn't count for their production next seasno.

            A.J Green [6'4, 190lbs.] Georgia *Top 5 pick

            Julio Jones [6'4, 210lbs.] Alabama *Top 7 pick

            Michael Floyd
            [6'3, 220lbs.] Notre Dame *Top 7 pick

            Jonathan Baldwin
            [6'5, 225lbs.] Pittsburgh *Top 15 pick

            Devier Posey
            [6'3, 205lbs.] Ohio State *Round 2 pick

            Terrance Toliver
            [6'5, 210lbs.] LSU *Round 2-3 pick

            Chris Owusu
            [6'2, 200lbs.] Stanford *Round 2-3 pick

            Derrell Johnson-Koulianos
            [6'1, 205lbs.] Iowa *Round 2-3 pick

            Greg Little
            [6'3, 215lbs.] North Carolina *Round 3-4 pick

            Ronald Johnson
            [6'1, 185lbs.] USC *Round 3-4 pick

            Austin Pettis [6'3, 200lbs.] Boise State *Round 3-4 pick

            Ryan Whalen
            [6'2, 205lbs.] Stanford *Round 3-4 pick

            Armon Binns
            [6'4, 200lbs.] Cincinnati *Round 4-5 pick

            DeAndre Brown
            [6'6, 230lbs.] Southern Miss. *Round 4-5 pick

            Leonard Hankerson [6'3, 215lbs.] Miami *Round 4-5 pick

            In the first 5 rounds, there are 15 big/tall receivers to be projected to be drafted. That is a huge number.

            If we are picking in the top ten next year, I would desperately hope one of the Triumvirate drops to us.

            If we are picking in the middle, Jonathan Baldwin is an amazing choice. He is underrated.

            The rest are solid, middle round picks.
            -04-02-2010, 11:26 AM
          • rob6465
            WR's available???
            by rob6465
            If it is determined that Donnie Avery is out for season, Any receivers you'd like to see us get? Vincent jackson?
            -08-27-2010, 04:31 AM
          • AvengerRam_old
            Your (realistic) Dream Starting WRs For 2011
            by AvengerRam_old
            Here are the rules to this game:

            1. List two AND ONLY TWO names.
            2. They must be realistic. For example, A.J. Green and Julio Jones is NOT realistic, as the Rams would likely need two first round picks, one in the top 10 and the other in the top 20, to get both. Likewise, a pair that consists of two #1 WR FAs is likewise unrealistic.


            Sidney Rice and Julio Jones

            Rice: Assuming that there are no long term effects from his hip injury, I think he brings the right combination of size (6'4, 205), age (25 at the start of next season) and production (1,300+ yards in 2009). Gotta believe he'll be ready to jump ship in Minnesota after this turmoil filled year.

            Jones: I'd rather have A.J. Green, of course, but that would mean the Rams fell back into the top 10 picks, or gave away valuable picks to trade up for him. I think Jones can be a #1 WR, and has untapped potential that is not fully on display in Alabama's run oriented offense.

            Who are your two?
            -11-15-2010, 05:09 PM