St. Louis Rams
This was an odd draft for the Rams in that they started with the second overall pick and somehow failed to get one of the top six players. They traded away the rights to Robert Griffin III, still didn't get Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon, then saw fit to deal the pick that would have rewarded them with LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne to the Cowboys. Instead, the Rams rolled the dice with the biggest question mark talent in the draft in cornerback Janoris Jenkins (yes, he may be better on the field than Claiborne), a repeat marijuana offender and already a father of four. ... The entire key to their draft is whether LSU's Michael Brockers can be a dominant defensive tackle and if Appalachian State's Brian Quick is an immediate deep weapon for Sam Bradford. Can he really be T.O.? ... Several teams had first-round grades on Montana cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who was taken 65th overall. ... Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead is a great change-up running back to Steven Jackson's power. ... If Jenkins can stay clean and produces, this can be a great draft based on the two future first-round picks Washington gave them for RGIII. But my memory is that Rams coach Jeff Fisher already failed with Pacman Jones in Tennessee. Take it from Jenkins, who railed against the idea that he should be compared to Pacman: "No, because I never shot up a strip club or nothing like that!" ... Wake Forest receiver Chris Givens has second-round talent, but seventh-round character. He could be a dynamic slot receiver. Missouri State kicker Greg Zuerlein made 9 of 9 field goals from 50 yards or more last season. Zuerlein gets tremendous height and also can kickoff. The Rams definitely improved their overall team speed — remember, they signed veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan in free-agency — and now the coaching staff carries the burden of coaching these young men up. Grade: A
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