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  • Nice Compliments For Rams' Draft

    On the site, there is an article by Don Banks in which he hypothesizes how the first round of the draft should have gone based on the performance thus far of this year's rookies.

    Two nice points. First, he has Steven Jackson going much higher than he was picked, and still as the first RB chosen.

    Second, he has Anthony Hargrove as a late first round choice.

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  • AvengerRam_old
    2004 Draft - Early Reviews
    by AvengerRam_old
    First, a disclaimer.

    This analysis is WAY premature, and things can and, almost certainly will, change. But, for the fun of it, here's a first look at how the draft choices are progressing.

    First Round - Steven Jackson: Appears to be as advertised, a hard nosed runner with surprising speed and quickness for a big man. Should one day be the Rams feature back.

    Second Round - No pick.

    Third Round - Anthony Hargrove: Rave reviews in camp, followed by minor injury, have created an uncertain picture. His upside remains high, but we probably should not expect him to be a full time starter this year.

    Fourth Round - Brandon Chillar: Pleasant surprise. Any time a fourth round pick can beat out an incumbent starter, that has to be a positive. He has shown great discipline for a rookie, and should improve as he gets more experience.

    Fifth Round - Jason Shivers: Rams took a chance on a physicially talented but mentally questionable player and lost. A bust, if you will.

    Sixth Round - Jeff Smoker: Certainly a work in progress. We'll know more in a year or two when Chandler retires if he is elevated to the number 2 spot. Had some good and bad moments in preseason.

    Seventh Round - Eric Jenson. A project who missed some preseason time and now is on practice squad. Hey, what do you expect from a seventh round pick?

    Seventh Round - Larry Turner. Made active roster and viewed by some as a possible center of the future. More than should be expected from a seventh rounder.

    All in all, not bad.
    -09-17-2004, 01:37 PM
  • schut39
    Steven Jackson in the first round.
    by schut39
    Hey all. It's been a while since I posted here, and just getting done with my draft, I figured I would come post here. So here is the question. Did you, or are you going to draft Steven Jackson with your first round pick this year? I say Steven Jackson because I believe he's the only Ram that I believe has first round potential as of right now (hopefully that changes soon). Post your answer in the poll and feel free to say something about why you are choosing him over the other players.

    EDIT: I definitely drafted him along with Andre Johnson in the 2nd round.
    -07-19-2009, 12:22 AM
  • Guest's Avatar
    Last years draft
    by Guest
    We should really wait one year to grade this year’s draft. If we want to grade a draft how about last years draft.

    Out of last years draft our first 4 rounds were pretty good two starters and a LB that is seeing a lot of action between ST and defense. None of these three guys had done anything at this time last year.

    1 26 Steven Jackson RB Oregon State
    2 We did not have a 2nd round pick.
    3 91 Tony Hargrove DE Georgia Tech
    4 130 Brandon Chillar LB UCLA

    When you get down to the 5th round its really a crapshoot.

    5 158 Jason Shivers S Arizona State
    6 201 Jeff Smoker QB Michigan State
    7 237 Erik Jensen TE Iowa
    7 238 Larry Turner OT Eastern Kentucky

    Looks like a good job last year by the FO so far.
    -09-24-2005, 05:18 PM
  • AvengerRam_old
    Best and Worst Martz Draft Choices
    by AvengerRam_old
    Here is my Top 5 and Bottom 5 Mike Martz draft choices since he became head coach in 2000, taking into account each player's productivity, apparent potential and the stage of the draft in which each player was selected.

    Top 5 Martz Draft Choices

    1. Pisa Tinoisamoa (2nd Round, 2003)
    Pisa has provided first round value as a second round pick. He has been a starter since day one, and among the Rams' leading tacklers and defensive playmakers since he was drafted. Will be the subject of an experiment next year moving him to SS.

    2. Steven Jackson (1st Round, 2004)
    As a rookie, Jackson showed the ability to take over for future Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk as the starting tailback. In addition to averaging 5 yards per carry, he also was an effective blocker on pass plays, an essential role for a Ram running back. Some (not me, necessarily) are concerned about his durability, but he'll get his chance to prove them wrong as the starter in 2005.

    3. Jeremetrius Butler (5th Round, 2001)
    Though Butler is hardly a star, he has demonstrated the ability to be an effective starter at one of the toughest positions in football. Excellent value for a fifth round draft choice.

    4. Travis Fisher (2nd Round, 2002)
    Fisher was a small college find. Some consided him a reach in the second round, but it is rare to find his combination of speed and toughness at the CB spot. He has proved to be a good value pick.

    5. Kevin Curtis (3rd Round, 2003)
    After injuries caused him to get off to a slow start, Curtis began breaking out with his performance at the end of last season and in the playoffs. He could be a starter on many teams, and that's high praise for a third round pick who has been stuck behind two Pro Bowl players.

    Honorable Mention:
    Tony Hargrove (3rd Round, 2004) - in two or three years, he could be at the top of this list.
    Chris Massey (7th Round, 2002) - a fixture at the important long-snapper spot.
    Brian Young (5th Round, 2000) - had several productive years with Rams as late round choice.

    Bottom 5 Martz Draft Choices

    1. Jacoby Shepard (2nd Round, 2000)
    Second round pick was considered a reach on draft day, and never played a productive down for the Rams. The worst of the worst.

    2. Milton Wynn (4th Round, 2001)
    Fourth round picks don't always contribute, but Wynn didn't even make the team. Rams ignored warning signs with Wynn and wasted a pick on a player who shouldn't have been drafted in any round.

    3. Eric Crouch (3rd Round, 2002)
    You might ask why I consider Wynn worse than Crouch? Well, at least with Crouch, there was some basis to think that he was an elite athlete who could contribute to the team. He did win the Heisman Trophy, after all, and there have been QBs who have made it as WRs (look at Antuan Randal-El, for example)....
    -02-21-2005, 12:25 PM
  • txramsfan
    2002 Draft Nuggets
    by txramsfan
    Thought I would start a thread that allows everyone to give their opinion on the upcoming draft. I was just browsing on early signees and a couple of running backs stick out to me that could make impacts early in the NFL. The Rams I don't think are looking for a RB, but considering their draft position and past draft history (Canidate) don't put it past them.

    T.J. Duckett from Michigan St. is an intriguing RB. Good speed and pretty good size. Clinton Portis from Miami is interesting also. Really was a major factor in the Canes Championship run.

    I don't think these guys are first round choices, but don't be surprised if Duckett falls to the 3rd round and Martz grabs him.
    -03-02-2002, 08:06 AM