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  • Name the biggest bust in Rams draft history

    Might be fun to think about the all time busts in Rams draft history. Given my technological ignorance regarding posting a poll, i will throw out a few names for people to comment on.

    Greg Robinson (awful for sure)
    Jason Smith (obviously a massive disaster)
    Lawrence Phillips (6th overall pick, we got rid of Bettis to make room for him, less than 2 years on rams, bust city)
    Mike Shad (23rd pick in 1986 draft, from Canada, zero productivity in a couple of years on the Rams)
    Terry Baker (my personal choice, he was the #1 overall pick in the 1963 draft, played for the Rams for three seasons before winding up in canada for a year and then leaving football completely. Classic Heisman trophy winner mount rushmore like bust). While i appreciate that most of us on the board never saw Baker play, perhaps RealRam can give us a summary of their impressions of watching him play for the Rams from 1963-65. Baker completed 12 passes TOTAL in his three years on the Rams, zero td's, 4 interceptions. Hard to see how you could be a bigger bust than that as a #1 overall pick, and thus my choice as the single biggest draft bust in Rams history.

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  • #2
    I don't know anything about Baker but the player that probably hurt the Rams the most long term has to be Jason Smith. If Smith would have worked out the pick used for Robinson could have been used somewhere else. We paid the price for Smith for a long time.


    • #3
      As far as being the least talented its LT Jason Smith. But I don't remember a more costly draft pick as QB Sam Bradford.


      • #4
        Excellent points on Smith, he would probably be a runner up choice for me. What really hurts about the Baker pick is that the Rams had taken Roman Gabriel with the 2nd pick in the first round of the 1962 draft, so what in the world were they doing picking another qb first overall the following year! We passed on three hall of famers (Dave Robinson, Bobby Bell and John Mackey) and countless other very good players to take Baker. Your point of the ripple effect on Smith is a really good one.

        Another candidate at least for the list, if not the very top, would be Jimmy Kennedy. Another stiff. Probably Damione Lewis as well. Both busts where they were taken, neither as bad as Smith or Baker.

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        • #5
          Good [?!?] names, for sure. -

          Canada's shining OL Mike Schad (1st round pick by the Rams in '86 as you mentioned), actually played three years with us, probably being on the "Wait, let's see if he improves" list. Never did, i.e., for a selection that high. -But 'at least' my then 8 year old son got Schad's autograph just outside Anaheim stadium right after the Rams defeated the Lions in '88. Fortunately he also asked most of the rest of the team's autograph and picture that day and the next day at Rams Park.

          Terry Baker, one good-grief name. You've pointed out his remarkable exploits. Three years in the NFL, all with the Rams, Baker managed ... achieved a 40% passer rating by among other things, throwing for a grand total of 154 yards. The Rams thus used him as a RB also, adding him to the aforementioned list. QB and RB, a rare attribute in the NFL - no wonder he won the Heisman.

          Oh, and Terry also scored 2, that's two receiving TDs plus 1 rushing TD in a single game in 1965. Almost as good as Al Bundy's four TDs in one game at Polk High.

          Baker migrated north to finish his pro football career in the CFL, an official one year stint with the Edmonton Eskimos. The once promising athlete is inducted in the Oregon Sports HOF and his famous Oregon State Beavers No. 11 jersey was retired.

          'An amazing athlete ... a tremendous runner ... intelligent ... and an outstanding leader'.
          - SI, 1963

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          Yet another saga in the story of sports failures. Nonetheless, a good character and lawyer as well as businessman in his post football years.

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          Will continue with 'More To Come' of the BBs in Rams draft picks.
          Last edited by RealRam; -06-30-2018, 10:51 PM. Reason: Tyop


          • #6
            Only a Third Round pick, but for "What were we thinking" picks, Eric Crouch stands out in my mind. For first rounders, I remember Elvis Peacock being a first class bust.


            • #7
              Lot of good options where we've screwed the pooch:
              1989 - Bill Hawkins
              2009 - Jason Smith
              1996 - Lawrence Phillips
              2000 - Trung Canidate
              2003 - Jimmy Kennedy
              2014 - Greg Robinson
              2013 - Tavon Austin
              2005 - Alex Barron
              The more things change, the more they stay the same.


              • #8
                I personally would probably choose Phillips.


                • #9
                  Jeff Fisher.

                  But - as far as players are concerned, I have to go with Barron.


                  • #10
                    I have to go with Phillips. On top of everything, at RB, they could have had Eddie George (selected 8 picks later) who had a pretty nice career.


                    • #11
                      Gotta be Lawrence Phillips. He was a two sport bust - football AND life.


                      • #12
                        Yup, for the modern era am going with Philips. What a total waste of a human.

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                        • #13
                          Of course, the correct answer is the Pom-Pom Mom.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by HUbison View Post
                            Lot of good options where we've screwed the pooch:
                            1989 - Bill Hawkins
                            2009 - Jason Smith
                            1996 - Lawrence Phillips
                            2000 - Trung Canidate
                            2003 - Jimmy Kennedy
                            2014 - Greg Robinson
                            2013 - Tavon Austin
                            2005 - Alex Barron
                            So much promise but really just did not know the mental game I take it.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by DE_Ramfan View Post
                              Gotta be Lawrence Phillips. He was a two sport bust - football AND life.
                              Agreed. A complete waste in so many ways. Not only was the 6th pick used to draft him, but Jerome Bettis was later traded on the same day to Pittsburgh. He was a deeply troubled man, with a life that was a very sad story. His picture on Wikipedia is a mug shot.


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                                Jason Smith the Greates Who Dat in Draft History
                                From Yahoo Sports:

                                I've spent much of the morning going over the top of the last 20 NFL drafts (how are those TPS reports coming, by the way? Sounds great.) and I say this without hesitation: Jason Smith, Baylor tackle and increasingly dead-certain top five pick in April, is the most obscure elite draft prospect since at least 1989, the beginning of the Kiper-fueled, draft-as-theater era.

                                That's not a judgment on his potential or any team that thinks he's worth the choice -- Smith was voted first-team all-conference by Big 12 coaches and first-team all-American by the Football Writers of America, whatever that's worth. So he's good, and the combine apparently pushed him over the top. There's no accounting for who'll succeed in the pros and who won't.

                                But no other pick in the Kiper era (i.e. in Smith's lifetime) has risen as high as Smith from nowhere, by which I only partially mean "from Baylor" -- unquestionable college stars turned top picks like Steve McNair, Marshall Faulk, LaDainian Tomlinson and David Carr drew the spotlight to equally obscure schools, as quarterback Robert Griffin threatens to do in Waco two or three years from now. Smith, though, is almost totally unknown even to people who obsess over college football except as a rising draft prospect. He began his college career as an unheralded, woefully undersized tight end, redshirted and was only an "honorable mention" sort even after his junior year. I doubt he stood out all that much to hypothetical Baylor fans.

                                Yet as of last week Smith is one of the talks of the football world and on the verge of breaking two decades' worth of glass ceilings for guys in his position -- consider the precedents since '89:

                                Number of first round picks from Baylor: Two. Daryl Gardener went 20th to the Dolphins in 1996 and James Francis was No. 12 to the Bengals in 1990. Excluding punter Daniel Sepulveda (a fourth-rounder last year), the Bears have only had one player (Gary Baxter, Ravens' second-round pick in 2001) picked before the fifth round. Baylor has one top-10 pick in its history, DB Gary Green at No. 10 in 1977.

                                Number of top-10 picks from 'rock-bottom' schools: Zero. The 22 schools with a winning percentage under .400 since 1988 have produced seven first-rounders in that span, including Tulane quarterbacks J.P. Losman and Patrick Ramsey and Chris Williams and Jay Cutler from Vanderbilt. But only Williams (No. 14 last year to Chicago) went in the top-15; Smith would be the first in the top ten.

                                Number of top-five picks off a losing season: Three. Charles Rogers (Michigan State, No. 2 to Detroit in 2003), Justin Smith (Missouri, No. 4 to Cincinnati in 2001) and Sean Gilbert (Pitt, No. 3 to the L.A. Rams in 1992) were each part of one of the worst efforts in their schools' histories. That's the thing, though: Three and four-win seasons are disasters for Michigan...
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                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Gordon: Smith Departs As King Of Rams Draft Busts
                                Gordon: Smith departs as king of Rams draft busts

                                48 minutes ago • BY JEFF GORDON

                                By dealing Jason Smith to the New York Jets for fellow offensive tackle Wayne Hunter, the Rams made it official.

                                The second overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft climbed atop the franchise’s Pantheon of Failures.

                                The Rams have done a consistently poor job of drafting since the Mad Mike Martz Era, when Super Bowl architect Charley Armey somehow lost control over personnel. The franchise has made some memorable blunders at the draft since then, overreaching and gambling and generally missing the boat.

                                But Smith turned out to be the biggest mistake of them all. Here is how they rank in this corner of cyberspace:

                                1) Jason Smith, OT: Once upon a time, Smith played tight end for Baylor. Then he added muscle and moved to tackle. The Rams saw him as a uniquely athletic prospect. General manager Billy Devaney believed Smith could grow into something special. Smith didn’t. A spate of nasty concussions further limited his development. Smith immediately fell to the second unit behind failed Chiefs tackle Barry Richardson during Jeff Fisher’s first training camp as the new coaches discovered his same old shortcomings.

                                The following assessment from Smith’s draft profile proved prescient: “Raw in his pass-set technique, standing a bit upright and backpedaling instead of sliding to mirror his man. Locks onto his man at first, but eventually loses his balance and grip due to his average upper-body strength and footwork. Does not have much of a punch in pass protection. Can lose the hands battle on the line.”

                                That sounds like Jason Smith all right. Alex Barron wasn’t great during his penalty-prone five years as a Ram, but at least he wasn’t helpless against the pass rush.

                                2) Eric Crouch, WR: The Nebraska quarterback arrived with the 95th overall pick in 2002. Martz had a brainstorm: This college football star could become an explosive yards-after-catch receiver! That was an interesting theory, but in real life Crouch had no desire to go into traffic to catch passes. The experiment failed and Crouch beat a hasty retreat home. Also failing that year: The attempted conversion of Ohio State quarterback Steve Bellisari to safety. Ah, the memories we have!

                                3) Tye Hill, CB: The 15th overall pick in the 2006 draft arrived brimming with confidence. He looked the part of playmaker. He sounded the part. Then the games started and he began biting on pump fakes and getting lost in coverage. Hill ended his Rams career with four interceptions in 21 starts. Just four selections later San Diego drafted future Pro Bowl cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

                                4) Claude Wroten, DT: The Rams saw first-round talent in him. A drug bust at LSU caused him to sink to 68th overall in the 2006 draft. For a year, anyway, he appeared to be a solid pick....
                                -08-28-2012, 01:22 PM
                              • dgr828
                                Jason Smith: Right pick for Rams?
                                Looks like 'J -Smooth' is settling in on the Rams offensive line. Rarely is his name anounced and is no doubt a major factor helping Steve Jackson put up nice rushing numbers.

                                Smith may need work with pass blocking, but in time he may become one of the Great Ones as he learns and understands the tricks of the trade.

                                Jason has become a welcome bookend, along with his other half so to say, Alex Barron.

                                Despite a miserable start (record wise) to his rookie season, The 2nd pick in the 2009 NFL Draft is quitely becoming a capable seasoned veteran and has definitely shown he was the right pick for the Rams.

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                              • eldfan
                                Burwell: Trading Smith a smart move
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                                For so many reasons both large and small, one of the most difficult things for any organization to do in pro football is to have the guts to say goodbye to a first-round draft pick. So when the Rams decided on Monday to trade away Jason Smith, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, it was a clear admission that the organization knows it made a costly error in talent evaluation, not to mention a terrible investment in valuable salary-cap space.

                                However in passing off the extremely talented but underachieving right tackle to the New York Jets, this was not a colossal bruise to the football smarts of the existing Rams brain trust, merely a little necessary clean up on Aisle One from a big mess left behind by previous failed regimes. General manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher were able to ditch Smith with a clean conscience, mainly because this mistake doesn't count against their records. Trading him away was not only the smart thing to do, it was also the most compassionate thing to do, because after all those concussions, Smith was no longer the big, mean and bruising young prospect that was drafted three years ago, and because of that he may never live up to the high expectations of the organization and the fan base.

                                So the Rams swap Smith out for tackle Wayne Hunter, a 10-year veteran who fell out of favor with Jets fans when he was elevated (and failed) as a starter last year. "We just felt like it was a good deal for both teams and probably a better deal for both players, just a fresh start," Fisher said after Tuesday's practice at Rams Park.

                                As he left the building on Monday for the final time, heading off to New York and a new football life, Smith was the unfortunate symbol of everything that had dragged the Rams organization so far down in the first place and led to the hiring of Fisher and Snead. By any measure, he was a bust as the second pick in the '09 draft, but I believe he belongs more under the column of "injury-related bust" than "bad talent evaluation bust." He was supposed to be an anchor on the left edge, but that didn't work out mainly because I don't think he was coached very well in his first three years in the NFL.

                                Still, I was never worked up about the ramifications of moving a high first-round pick to the right side of the line, because I just feel like the object to building a great offensive line is to assemble the best five linemen and get them all on the field at the same time no matter how it works out.

                                So when Rodger Saffold became available a year later and his quick, athletic feet made him better suited to protect Sam Bradford's blind side, it made sense to shift Smith over to the right side, hoping a change in scenery would better fit his mean personality and his ability as an effective, mauling run blocker. But then the concussions...
                                -08-29-2012, 06:14 AM
                              • tomahawk247
                                Andre Smith - how talented is he?
                                Being from the UK i dont get to hear or see a lot of these draft guys in college. Now prior to the combine, Andre Smith was a consensus top 3 draft pick, and every mock had him going to the Rams. He has dropped due to supposed character concerns, although they werent bad things liks drug taking or anything, just him reportedly doing weird things at the combine.

                                Talentwise, how does he compare to someone like Jason Smith or Eugene Monroe?

                                Im only asking because a lot of reports are saying that Andre Smith probably hasnt fallen as some people think, and its questionable whether any of his character concerns are legitimate enough to actually drop him down too far in the eyes of NFL execs. With BD coming out recently and saying that each case is looked at separately and that only major problems with arrests or illegal substance taking will definitely affect the teams choice, would it be surprising if the Rams took Andre Smith?

                                so what do you think?
                                -04-23-2009, 05:52 AM