St. Louis Rams 2012 NFL Draft Grades
The St. Louis Rams are completely starting over with Jeff Fisher, with only a few players being off limits as the times start changing.
There are a lot of spots for the Rams to improve upon, so let’s see how they addressed their holes in the 2012 NFL Draft, along with grades and analysis:
Round 1 (Pick 14) - Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
The Rams have had major troubles on the inside of their defensive line, and they finally get an elite inside presence. Brockers is an elite pass-rusher up the middle, and will also help beef up the run defense.
Round 2 (Pick 33) - Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
Quick hails from a small school, but his talent is anything but. He has excellent size and play-making ability and is a fluid, natural performer with the ball in his hands. St. Louis badly needs a wide receiver to step up and go after the ball for Sam Bradford. Quick is that guy.
Round 2 (Pick 39) - Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
He’s a problem child, but his talent can’t be ignored. There’s also no down-playing how bad the Rams secondary was last season. Jenkins will step in and make an impact right away.
Round 2 (Pick 50) - Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati
Steven Jackson won’t be around forever and there is nothing worth talking about behind him. Pead is a balanced, explosive runner who can eventually carry the full load if need be. He’s a solid value pick in the second round at a position that is severely lacking quality depth in St. Louis.
Round 3 (Pick 65) - Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana
Jenkins could be a flop due to his decision-making, so the Rams both get insurance and keep addressing a secondary that was awful last year. Johnson played weak competition in college, but he’s a borderline first-round talent.
Round 4 (Pick 96) - Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
The Rams have been playing with scrubs at receiver for the past few seasons. They added a dynamic threat in Quick earlier, and here they get the speedy Givens. He’s a second round talent, making him a great steal in the fourth.
Round 5 (150) – Rokevious Watkins, OT, South Carolina
It’s a shame the Rams’ first crack at improving their sketchy offensive line comes in the fifth round. And it comes with a tackle who is more suited to play guard at the next level.
Round 6 (Pick 171) – Greg Zuerlein, K, Missouri Western
The kicking hasn’t been quite the same without Josh Brown, so the Rams add some competition. Zuerlein can make all the kicks and would really benefit from playing a minimum of eight games a year indoors. He could easily end up being their starting kicker in 2012.
Round 7 (Pick 209) – Aaron Brown, LB, Hawaii
Brown has the speed and athleticism to make an impact on special teams, but that’s probably his ceiling in 2012.
Round 7 (Pick 252) – Daryl Richardson, RB, Abilene Christian
St. Louis adds another running back for depth. Richardson played low level competition, but he’s a natural runner with some upside. He’s a long-shot to see the field in 2012, though.
Rams fans, rejoice! You finally have some impact wide receivers and a secondary! Getting Michael Brockers to kick off the draft had to make the entire defense feel better, too. The only big knock is the lack of offensive line upgrading here. Otherwise, a very stellar draft with a ton of picks that could carve out significant roles in their first year.
Overall Grade: A