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    Since it's the off-season, how about we take a gander at Brooks Foster?

    St. Louis Rams Examiner
    Tim Klutsarits
    April 30, 1:29 PM

    Most everyone knows the backgrounds of the top picks in the NFL Draft but where teams have long term success is getting production from later round picks. With the Rams having such a shallow talent pool they are in desperate need of having their later round picks produce immediately. This week we will look at all of the Rams later round draft picks. We have already looked at 3rd round pick Bradley Fletcher and 4th round pick Dorell Scott this week. Today we look at Rams 5th round pick Brooks Foster, wide receiver out of North Carolina.

    WHY THE RAMS SHOULD HAVE DRAFTED FOSTER: The 6'1 211 lbs wide receiver from North Carolina is a tremendous athlete. On top of having good size and speed he is apparently a workout warrior. The North Carolina Tar Heels Examiner Brian Ernst says that Foster "is a beast in the weight room and has set most of UNC's lifting records, even those typically held by linebackers and lineman." On top of his workout acumen he was also a very good basketball player. He was a walk-on basketball player for the Tar Heels when they won the National Championship in St. Louis in 2005. So he does have some good history in the Edward Jones Dome.

    WHY THE RAMS SHOULD NOT HAVE DRAFTED FOSTER: His production at North Carolina was nothing to write home about. Foster had 30 catches for 334 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2008. Part of the explanation for that was that UNC had two high end wide receivers on their roster in Hakeem Nicks (picked in the first round by the NY Giants) and Brandon Tate (who was selected in the third round by the Patriots). So there was a lot of talent at UNC but there is a lot of talent in the NFL too. Foster also has a history of knee problems. He had a knee injury at the end of the season and also had difficulties with his knee at the Senior Bowl. The other concern I have also comes from Brian Ernst who says "that he would make an unbelievably athletic catch and then drop a gimme." That is concerning to hear as well.

    WHAT WILL MAKE THIS PICK A SUCCESS: This pick will be a success if Foster can get into the Rams offensive flow at some point in the season. I believe that if Foster could become a factor in the red zone on "jump ball" passes, creating mis-matches with smaller defensive backs that he could be a real asset. My assessment is that if Foster can somehow become a player that catches about 25-35 balls and rack up about 300-400 yards in the 2009 season then this would be a real get for Billy Devaney and the Rams.

    WHAT WILL MAKE THIS PICK A DISASTER: The pick becomes a disaster if Foster cannot make it on a squad that currently has a three deep of Donnie Avery, Keenan Burton, and Derek Stanley. This is easily the easiest roster to make at wide receiver in the NFL so Foster has every opportunity in the world to translate his athletic ability into becoming a serviceable NFL player.

    Brooks Foster is a very intriguing pick to me. He is clearly a tremendous athlete that appears not to have reached his peak on the football field. The Rams need someone desperately to come out of the woodwork at wide receiver this season to perform beyond expectations. Maybe Foster is that player?

    Pre-draft measureables:
    (* represents NFL Combine ** represents North Carolina Pro Day)

    Ht -- 6'-01/2" *
    Wt -- 211 lbs *
    40 time -- 4.38 **
    10-yd split -- 1.52 **
    20-yd split -- 2.59 **
    20-yd ss -- 4.18 **
    3-cone -- 6.87 **
    Vert J. -- 381/2"
    Broad J. -- 10'.07" **
    Bench press -- 27 reps *
    Wonderlic -- 22 *

    Foster broke Eddie Royal's record for most bench press reps ever for a wide receiver at the NFL combine. On April 26, 2009, Foster was drafted in the fifth round by the St. Louis Rams.


    Player Notes from Comcast Sports ..
    June 5, 2009
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that Brooks Foster still has a lot of work to do before he is ready to compete at an NFL level. Coach Steve Spagnuolo was quoted as saying: "We need a little bit of time with him, but he's been good."

    Our View:Foster should have an opportunity to make the team this season, but it seems unlikely he will be able to contribute. The Rams seem to think he could have some potential down the road, but he warrants no fantasy consideration for this season.

    Our View:Foster underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after North Carolina's regular season finale and soreness forced him to leave Senior Bowl practices early. Before suffering the injury, Foster was a dangerous vertical threat, and given the sorry state of the Rams' wide receiver corps, he could be a darkhorse for playing time in 2009.

    Heck, even if he has hands of stone, at least we could throw him in there occasionally on running plays so he could benchpress a cb or safety now and then ..

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    Re: Brooks Foster ..

    Interesting conundrum for Spags; do you keep Stanley as the poor man's Avery? Basically an insurance policy in case DA goes down is the best argument I can make in his favor. I don't know much about the other WRs but I think he's the one most likely to get Avery's longbomb shots.

    Foster, on the other hand, may be the better guy to help in the Red Zone; bigger & stronger to fight in the telescoped RZ field. Not exactly Ramses Barden/Crabtree slow,though, either.

    Which guy gains favor/PT may tell us quite a bit about the ratio of NFC East power game and WCO we will see in The Rams approach.

    I think it will be BF.There has to be a better option than DS at KR. I don't think he can take the pounding there or in a WCO short passing game where you get pummelled by LBs a lot.Nor do I see Bulger throwing those desperate heaves as much this year. I hope not, anyway. Makes keeping him bubblewrapped in case DA gets hurt even less logical,imo.Nor have I seen him show anything like DA's versatility. Speed's great but doesn't there have to be more? Over 2 seasons I haven't seen it.

    Doesn't Foster indisputably have a better pedigree and physical tools if his knees are ok? The epitome of a sleeper/ascending player on paper to me right now.

    I expect there to be growing pains and inconsistency from new guys but ,honestly, I'm a little sick of waiting around in agonizing hope for players like Stanley to produce.

    I hope the rookies beat out both Stanley and Wade. I think it'll mean their respective units will have more versatility in both the short & long run.

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      He'd absorbed the bumps and bruises that are unavoidable. But wide receiver Brooks Foster never had experienced a serious injury while playing football.

      That streak of good fortune ended last Aug. 14, when he turned his ankle in the Rams' preseason opener against the New York Jets. The injury originally was thought to be a sprain, but further testing disclosed more serious damage.

      Foster underwent surgery and landed on injured reserve. In a blink, his rookie season was over.

      "That was my first time in maybe 12, 13 years not playing a season of football," Foster said. "It was tough. I wanted to be out there, especially my rookie season. I felt I had a lot to prove and didn't get the chance."

      After so many months on the sideline, Foster finally is getting a second chance. He's recovered and is participating fully in organized team activities, which got under way this week at Rams Park.

      "It feels good to be running around," Foster said. "I'm just glad to be out here."

      Foster stayed in town after his surgery. He attended meetings, studied the playbook and sought tips from the veterans on how to conduct himself like a pro.

      "I definitely think the biggest thing is taking care of your body and approaching this like a job," he said. "Because that's what it is."

      The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder from Boiling Springs, S.C., was a record-setter at the University of North Carolina — in the weight room, not on the field. He set school marks for wide receivers in the bench press (405 pounds) and power clean (353).

      "I always go hard in the weight room. I take a lot of pride in that," said Foster, 24. "I try to make sure it carries over to the field."

      He assured that his speed has been unaffected by the injury. "Hopefully I'm getting faster," he said. "I don't think I'm in tip-top shape, but I'm definitely going to be there before (training) camp starts."

      Foster never earned a full-time first-team job with the Tar Heels. In 41 games, which included 13 starts, Foster had 97 receptions for 1,237 yards and six touchdowns. He also was busy on special teams.

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      He rehabbed aggressively, then continued a demanding regimen after the season, pounding away in the weight room. Coach Steve Spagnuolo noticed.

      "He's had a tremendous offseason," Spagnuolo said. "He just looks like a different person. These guys come here young-looking out of college, but he looks like a man to me."

      ...
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      MAY 29, 2009 -- Brooks Foster turns up field with the ball during an organized team activity training session at Rams Park in Earth City. (David Carson/P-D)

      By Bill Coats
      ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
      06/05/2009

      Far better known for producing top-shelf basketball players than NFL-caliber wide receivers, the University of North Carolina nonetheless provided an impressive bounty of pass-catchers for this year's draft.

      Hakeem Nicks went to the New York Giants in the first round (No. 29 overall), Brandon Tate was selected by New England in the third (No. 83), and Brooks Foster was the Rams' fifth-round pick (No. 160).

      That threesome piled up career totals of 324 receptions, 5,004 and 35 touchdowns for the Tar Heels. The 6-foot-2, 204-pound Foster, who contributed 97 catches for 1,237 yards and six TDs, described himself as the trio's de facto leader. "A lot of the players looked up to me," he said. "We helped each other out."

      Getting the ball thrown his way could be a challenge at times, he acknowledged. "It was tough, but I never worried about getting lost in the shuffle," he said. "We three receivers, we knew how good we were. We had a good time competing, and we just got better off each other."

      With veterans Torry Holt, Drew Bennett, Dane Looker and Dante Hall no longer with the club, the Rams are banking on a gaggle of young wideouts. Second-year pros Donnie Avery and Keenan Burton figure to be the starters, with three-year vet Laurent Robinson in the No. 3 spot.

      The rest of the jobs — the Rams probably will keep six wide receivers — are up for grabs. Foster is the only wideout the team drafted this year.

      Coach Steve Spagnuolo likes Foster's potential. "We need a little bit of time with him, but he's been good," Spagnuolo said.

      WORKING FOR SPOTS

      Although both are expected to land starting jobs, the team's top two draft choices, tackle Jason Smith and linebacker James Laurinaitis, remain with the second units for now.

      "That's probably a philosophy thing," Spagnuolo said. "I guess what I believe in is, you earn anything that you should get. These guys haven't even played in a game yet. We have a lot to find out. We still haven't put the pads on."

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      They turned down offers that included a pro-bowl tackle from the Saints, and also a second, fourth and 2009 third from Baltimore just to move to 8th.

      Mainly, they wanted Atlanta to deal up one spot, but Atlanta never blinked and offered that second round pick the Rams wanted.

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      The Rams and everyone could see that this was a six player draft, and all six were taken by that pick as expected. The fall off after that group was greater even than usual, which is probably why 8 offensive tackles, the entire top tier, was taken in round one.

      The same for defensive ends, which made the Long pick even more necessary. Got our first chance to see him out at Rams Park Sunday(He hadn't slept since Friday night).

      During his press conference I asked him, "what number will you wear"?
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      The guy the Rams got, Donnie Avery, had skyrocketed since his workout, where he ran around 4.3. He supposedly has a 4.2 at some time on his resume. He's not a track guy either, like Eddie Kennison. He had 91 catches and 1400 plus yards last year, playing part of the year with a dislocated thumb.

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