2011 NFL Draft - St. Louis Rams
North Carolina LB Robert Quinn
North Carolina LB Robert Quinn
Posted Apr 30, 2011

St. Louis Rams - NFC West, 2011 Draft Selections & Prospects

St. Louis Rams

2011 NFL Draft Analysis
1st Round (1-5) | 1st Round (6-10) | 1st Round (11-15) | 1st Round (16-20)
1st Round (21-25) | 1st Round (26-32) | 2nd Round | 3rd Round
4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Round | 7th Round | Top Free Agents

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay 

- 2010 St. Louis Draft Breakdown

First Round
DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina (OLB) 6-4, 265 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 13 CFN Overall Ranking: 15

Tremendous value. The Rams might have needed Nick Fairley to slide one more spot, but it could also use a pass rusher in Quinn to be everything that Chris Long isn't. This is a pure best player available selection for a playmaker who isn't going to do much against the run, but was considered a top five talent, if not No. 1 overall, before all the suspension issues. Compared to where Von Miller and Aldon Smith went, this is a terrific move.

CFN Analysis: With a dream combination of size and skills, he's a phenomenal athlete who comes in out of central casting. While he wasn't all that impressive at the Combine considering the hype, he plays fast, gets off the ball in a hiccup, and he's a rock. No, he didn't quite blow up in Indianapolis, but he still impressed with the way he came in cut after missing all of last year suspended. Will he be more of a playmaker against the run and not just into the glory plays in the backfield? Is he really a star, or did he look great because he was surrounded by NFL talent? There are question marks about his all-around game and he's hardly a finished product, but the skills and upside are all in place to become a special defender with a little bit of time.
CFN Projection: First Round

Second Round    
TE Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin 6-3, 243
Overall Pick No. 47 CFN Overall Ranking: 53

The Rams already have several decent playmakers for Sam Bradford to throw to, and after addressing the defense in the first round, they got a very nice receiver who'll block a little and will push the play down the field. He's a fearless target who'll be ultra-reliable and will do a little of everything for the position. He's not superior at doing any one thing, but he's great at doing lots of things well.

CFN Analysis: A terrific receiver with great hands, he isn't afraid to go across the middle and he's able to go after the ball and fight for the catch around the goal line. He didn't run all that well in workouts, but he's fluid on the field and has no problems blowing past linebackers. Considering he went to Wisconsin, he's an average blocker and he isn't all that big to be used for a power running game, but he has the talent to be the best of the recent crop of good Badger tight end prospects.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Third Round   
WR Austin Pettis, Boise State
6-2, 209
Overall Pick No. 78 CFN Overall Ranking: 147

Lance Kendricks gets taken a round earlier to be a safety valve for Sam Bradford, and Pettis is sort of the same thing. A big, lumbering target, he's not going to stretch the field in any way, but he should be a whale of a complementary receiver who'll always run the right route and will always be exactly where Bradford needs him to be. It would've been nice, though, if the Rams had gone for one of the Edmond Gates-like speed targets on the board.

CFN Analysis: With good size and great route running ability, he's a good wide receiver who's a better football player than an athlete. He'll catch everything that comes his way and he came up with several nice deep plays over his years at Boise State, but he's way too slow, isn't quick, and he doesn't use his size well enough as a blocker. He'll be a third receiver who becomes ultra-reliable on short-to-midrange routes, but he'll be erased by any NFL defensive back who's trying to stop him. He'll probably be overdrafted.
CFN Projection:
Fourth Round
Fourth Round   
WR Greg Salas, Hawaii 6-1, 210
Overall Pick No. 112 CFN Overall Ranking: 145

CFN Analysis: Ultra-productive, Salas sucked in everything that came his way in a tremendously productive career. Of course, he played for Hawaii and got more than his share of chances, but with good size, decent speed, and excellent hands, but he doesn't have great quickness and isn't explosive in any way. He's hardly the most complete wide receiver, but he's going to find a way to fit in any system and he should become a whale of a third down target. CFN Projection: Fifth Round

Fifth Round    
SS Jermale Hines, Ohio State 6-1, 219
Overall Pick No. 158 CFN Overall Ranking: 159

CFN Analysis: Part defensive back, part linebacker, he's a rock against the run with big-time hitting ability. He might not be all that fast, but he moves well enough for what he has to do. While he goes for the highlight reel pop way too often when the routing play would do, he misses too many easy stops. Not much in pass coverage and not instinctive when the ball is in the air, he's only good for a run defense that needs a popper in the defensive backfield. Special teams will be his calling early on, but his future as a possible starter only depends on his ability to show something against a decent passing attack.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round
Sixth Round   

Seventh Round   
S Mikal Baker, Baylor 6-0, 205
Overall Pick No. 216 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: Not draftable as anything other than a returner. He converted over from wide receiver and is trying to become a defensive back, but his strength is as a kick and punt returner at the next level. He might be a decent free agent flier considering his speed, but he'll never, ever start.
CFN Projection: Free Agent 

Seventh Round
LB Jabara Williams, Stephen F. Austin 6-2, 223
Overall Pick No. 228  CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: A tremendous athlete, he's a bit smallish but quick around the ball and always in on the play. A great tackler, he's great in the open field with four years of experience and good leadership skills. The size is an issue and isn't strong enough to work on the inside, but he could be a very disruptive, very productive backup if only asked to be a No. 2 outside linebacker.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Seventh Round
CB/S Jonathan Nelson, Oklahoma  5-10, 197
Overall Pick No. 229  CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: Versatile, he could be a free safety or a corner or a nickel defender in a jack-of-all-trades job, but he's strictly a backup. A great athlete, he can jump out of the stadium and he has decent enough speed to get by, along with the quickness to hang with the speed receivers, but he's not a big tackler and he lacks the blazing wheels needed to be a regular corner. If he makes a team it'll be as a safety and a special teamer.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round