Review of the Draft Rounds 1-3
Always a big part of the off-season the NFL Draft is a time for each team to add some younger players from the collegian level in hopes of getting a top notch talent. The Draft officially went underway Thursday evening with the Rams making yet another trade down, to receive the 14th overall pick in the first round instead of the previously slated 6th overall. Here is a brief review of the Rams picks in the first, second, and third round of the NFL Draft.
14th overall pick: Michael Brockers (DT)
Maybe one of the biggest surprised to the first round of the draft was the Rams choosing a defensive tackle. Many speculated that the Rams should draft a top notch wide receiver or even an offensive lineman, but with the Jaguars taking Justin Blackmon as the fifth overall pick, the Rams traded down and chose Michael Brockers a DT from LSU. Brockers is a big man, standing 6’5 and weighing in at 322 pounds. Brockers is expected to be a part of the younger and more improved defense which we will get to a bit more later on. Like it or not, the Rams made a solid choice but still a receiver would have been nice.
33rd overall pick: Brian Quick (WR)
The Rams finally made the move to draft a receiver and though Brian Quick may not be in the same tier as Justin Blackmon he still has a good chance at making a big impact for the Rams. Quick was drafted out of Appalachian State where he put up pretty decent numbers as a receiver. In four years with the Mountainees Quick had 202 receptions for 3,418 yards, and scored 31 touchdowns. I think it is safe to say that Quick will be a top target of Sam Bradford for years to come, and hopefully he will be able to play sharply and stay healthy.
39th overall pick: Janoris Jenkins (CB)
A risky pick for the Rams as Jenkins has dealt with several struggles off of the field including problems with drugs. However the Rams feel one of their biggest needs is in the corner back position after nearly every single corner last year dealt with an injury and the Rams are hoping that some younger corners will be able to make a big difference for their upcoming season. Jenkins who played for North Alabama and stands at 5’9 and weighs in at 190. If he can stay out of trouble and focus on the game Jeff Fisher and the Rams might just have themselves that corner that they have been hoping for.
50th overall pick: Isaiah Pead (RB)
With the news of Steven Jackson being shopped and that he wants a new contract the Rams added a bit of insurance by drafting Isaiah Pead out of Cincinnati. Pead put up some decent numbers rushing for 3,288 yards for 27 touchdowns and as a receiver he had 87 receptions for 721 yards, and scoring 6 touchdowns during his four seasons as a Cincinnati Bearcat. Though Pead is not a top running back he adds some depth and could be a top notch backup running back for the Rams.
65th overall pick: Trumaine Johnson (CB)
Once again the Rams drafted a corner in hopes to insure the ailing position for them. They drafted Trumaine Johnson out of Montana with the 65th overall pick in the draft. Johnson and Jenkins will hopefully both figure in big time for the Rams as a part of the younger defensive approach.