Sunday, April 25, 2010

2010 St. Louis Rams Draft Picks

The St. Louis Rams had 11 picks in this years 2010 NFL Draft. The Rams biggest splash was made by holding onto the top pick and selecting Sam Bradford. Sam Bradford now becomes the face of the franchise. I still love this pick. You need a quarterback to win in the NFL and Bradford fits that bill and more. Bradford is a great athlete, a winner, has played against some of the top competition in the country and along with his strong arm and tremendous accuracy also appears to be a leader.

The Rams followed up the Sam Bradford selection with some nice picks that filled some needs. In the second round the Rams were able to get the massive 6'5" 315lb OT Rodger Safford out of Indiana. The Rams now have bookend top tackles with Jason Smith and Safford and their top job will be to protect Bradford. In the 3rd round the Rams selected a large press corner Jerome Murphy from USF. Murphy has a ton of experience playing 51 games while at USF. Murphy along with Bradley Fletcher give coach Spagnuolo two press cover corners. The Rams lack pass rush and appear to want to make up for that with strong press coverage of the ball. If we can get a little more coverage from the start of plays perhaps we can get a little more time to get to the quarterback more. In the fourth round the Rams finally selected a playmaker that we all have been waiting for. The selection was the lightning quick Mardy Gilyard from Cincinnati. Gilyard had almost 2500 receiving yards over the last 2 seasons at Cincinnati. Gilyard should also take over kickoff return duties as well. Avery and Gilyard will be hard to stay with if we can get them on the field at the same time.

Later in the draft the Rams made some questionable selections in my opinion. I feel the Rams failed to address their need of a top catching tight end. The Rams are also still very thin with quality at LB. Hopefully the selection of George Selvie may help with our lack of a pass rushing DE. We could also have used a bigger receiver like Riley Cooper who I thought would have been a nice selection. The Rams also failed to get a quality backup or speed back to spell Steven Jackson. Overall I believe the Rams had a very nice draft but I believe they missed on a couple opportunities to even have a better draft. Overall I would give them a Grade of B.

By Stlvinnie - http://www.stlouisramfan.com/

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