Reviewing the draft: St Louis Rams

Reviewing the draft: St Louis Rams

With the iron-fisted and in many instances, misguided decision-making of Mike Martz no longer a part of the Rams war room, Scott Linehan hoped to move the organization in a positive direction. Glaring holes had to be filled on defense along with the need for additional pass catchers to help implement Linehan's offensive system.

The team coveted tight end Vernon Davis in round one but realized it would take a kings ransom to move up and secure his services. They did the next best thing, trading down then selecting Tye Hill, possibly the most underrated cornerback in the draft. Hill could win the starting job by opneing day.  We reported from the combine the team loved Joe Klopfenstein and would take him in round two. He is a perfect fit for the new system and should quickly break into the starting line-up. After all the disappointments the team experienced with first round defensive tackles, Claude Wroten was good value in the third frame. He nicely fits as a one-gap lineman playing next to big Jimmy Kennedy. Jon Alston was also good value in the same round and adds a lot of speed/explosion to the linebacker core. Though a solid pick in round three, Dominique Byrd was a curious choice based on the earlier drafting of Klopfenstein. If the team develops Victor Adeyanju and teaches him to become an every down lineman, he will be a steal in round four. Marques Hagans was a reach in the fifth frame. While he showed solid pass catching skills at the combine, to our minds you don't draft a 5-foot-9-inch project at receiver who runs 4.65 seconds in the forty. Tim McGarigle was good value in round seven, though we are not quite certain he fits the Rams defensive system. 

Moving from the 11th pick of round one to choice number 15 and getting a third round pick in return, which they used for Claude Wroten, was a great move by the Rams. The team then moved from selection 109 in round four, into the third frame and chose Dom Bryd. It only cost them a sixth round choice and was another solid move. After selecting two tight ends during the first day the team moved veteran Brandon Manumaleuna to the Chargers in return for a pick number 113. In turn they used that selection to chose Adeyanju which was a brilliant move.

Rd

Sel#

Player

Pos.

School

1

15

Tye Hill

CB

Clemson

2

46

Joe Klopfenstein

TE

Colorado

3

68

Claude Wroten

DT

LSU

3

77

Jon Alston

OLB

Stanford

3

93

Dominique Byrd

TE

USC

4

113

Victor Adeyanju

DE

Indiana

5

144

Marques Hagans

WR

Virginia

7

221

Tim McGarigle

ILB

Northwestern

7

242

Mark Setterstrom

G

Minnesota

7

243

Tony Palmer

G

Missouri

 

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