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    We only had one player that provided sustained production (J. Lau).

    1. Jason Smith (Even-This year will tell us)
    2. James Laurinatis (A+)
    3. Bradley Fletcher (Even-This year will tell us)
    4. Darrel Scott (Trending upward good pick in the 4th)
    5. Brooks Foster
    6. Keith Null
    7. Chirs Ogbonnaya

    The 5th-7th might fill in as backups but none of them do I see as having the upside of full time starters in the future IMO. I do think 1-4 have the potential to all be above average starters. I would like to get a few more imediate impacts out of this draft then we did last year.

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    Re: last years draft

    This is one of the reasons I could see a better / faster turnaround than some fans want to admit. Scott didn't play much and he was inconsistent when he did. Fletcher looked pretty darn good when the injury hit. Smith barely played for a variety of reasons. These guys can step in and make major contributions this season.

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      2. James Laurinaitis, MLB, Ohio State
      – Rumor has it the Rams were actually trying to trade up to land their linebacker of the future. They stayed put, but still landed a tough, smart field general for their defense. Although his work-out numbers are not eye-popping, this is an exemplary case of a guy who just plays good football. Over the course of his career, he was voted best linebacker in college football one year and best defensive player another.



      3. Bradley Fletcher, CB, Iowa – The first surprise of the day for the Rams, and arguably the biggest surprise from the team in several years, Fletcher is a physical cornerback with good size to speed ratio. Scott Wright listed him as the 14th ranked corner in the draft. Others were less kind. For example, the Sporting News’ draft preview had him ranked 31st among corners, which placed him outside their top 200 prospects overall. This was particularly unusual because the Rams took a player who had previously pled guilty to drunk driving, despite recent comments that any brushes with the law could get a player taken off their list. Now I’m not saying he’s a bad player or a bad kid for that matter, but given the talent available at other positions of need, one can’t help but wonder whether the Rams staff thought he was that good or that our depth was that bad. That said, if the team thought he was the best talent on the board and didn't think he'd last another round, they did the right thing to take him where they did.



      4. Dorrell Scott, DT, Clemson - Now this was probably a much more predictable move. Depth on the defensive line seemed to be an area of concern, and Scott will help fill the void as a guy who can line up on the nose and still provide some pass rush. He didn’t quite live up to the expectations that made him a preseason Outland Trophy candidate prior to his senior year, but there were reasons why people had those expectations in the first place. His potential makes for good value here.



      5. Brooks Foster, WR, North Carolina –
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      -04-27-2009, 07:11 PM
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      James Laurinaitis
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      Bradley Fletcher
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      Darell Scott
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      Brooks Foster
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      Keith Null
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      Chris Ogbonnaya
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      By Nick Wagoner
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      After an offseason roster overhaul, the 2009 Rams had a decidedly youthful feel to it.

      As one of the three youngest rosters in the league, opportunities were abound for young players at every position to make a difference, especially members of the 2009 NFL Draft class.

      And almost to a man, every member of that seven-man class made an impact on the field at some point or another.

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      Entering the draft, the Rams had placed a high priority on bolstering the offensive line. They did it in a big way, adding the top rated tackle on the board in the form of Smith.

      After a training camp spent learning the ropes, Smith emerged as the team’s starting right tackle in the season opener. Smith provided the Rams a physical presence on the right side and was one of those opening the hole for running back Steven Jackson’s game winning touchdown against Detroit.

      Although he has been hampered by knee and head injuries, Smith has made progress in his time on the field and figures to be a bedrock for the offensive line for many years to come.

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      THEY SAID IT: “He’s doing a nice job,” coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “I listen for little things like in the huddle he is calling the down and distance. For a rookie to be aware of that every play, that’s impressive to me. He is vocal. He is a confident guy so we kind of hang our hat on that right now.”

      MLB James Laurinaitis – Second Round, No. 35 Overall

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      Using the picks as they have fallen, how would the Rams have drafted if you were making the calls. With the players on the board at each pick, who would you have gone with?

      1.02- Jason Smith- OT

      He's a big agile LT who fills a big need and an important position on the football field. He's a great prospect and should take over at LT after Barron walks away a bust for the Rams. In the incredibly off chance Barron proves himself as a good LT, I think with some coaching, he could be a great RT.


      2.03- Rey Maualuga- MLB

      I know that there are questions about his coverage and his ability to play 3 downs. It's all false. He is an impact player and a big time force on the defense. He garnered all that attention, despite sharing the spotlight and putting up the numbers competing with 2 other stellar LB's. Laurinaitis is a solid pick and fits in nicely with Spags system, where he will be Antonio Pierce: productive, solid and unspectacular. Still, when you have a chance to get a defensive leader who strikes fear in the hearts of an offense, you take him.

      3.02- Jarron Gilbert- DT

      He is a stellar athlete (he can jump out of a pool and land on his feet). He also has enough of a frame that he can put on some extra weight and be a force rushing the passer or stopping the run. If not, they could use his athletic ability on the DE rotation.

      4.03- Austin Collie- WR

      I like his game. He'd be a nice compliment to our speedy guys. He's a slower, possession guy.

      5.24- Duke Robinson- G

      Are you kidding me? This guy was a late first round/ early 2nd talent just days before the draft. He's a big, big man and would be an eventual starter for us, as early as this year. He'd probably be my favorite pick of the draft.

      Round 6 and 7... it's a crap shoot, I trust our Front Office.

      Anyway, that's the route I would have gone. I think we improve our lines and front 7 a TON with those big 4 picks. Also, I think we get a WR that is different from the ones we have right now.
      -05-05-2009, 05:57 PM
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