2012 NFL Draft - St. Louis Rams

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Posted Apr 28, 2012


St. Louis Rams - NFC West, 2012 Draft Selections & Prospects


 

St. Louis Rams

2012 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

2012 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   

- 2011 St. Louis Draft Breakdown
- 2010 St. Louis Draft Breakdown

The Draft Was ... a need-filler. Michael Brockers is a gamble on greatness at the 14, but that was only a minor reach considering the strong second round the team put together. The Rams needed bodies, and they did a terrific job of stockpiling second round picks to get a slew of good prospects who can make a big impact right away. CB Janoris Jenkins – character issues and all – was a joke of a steal in the second round, while receivers Brian Quick in the first and Chris Givens in the fourth ended any talk of screwing up in the first round by not making a harder push for Justin Blackmon.
Best Value Pick: CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama, 2nd round
Worst Value Pick: OG Rokevious Watkins, South Carolina, 5th round
They Should've ... taken OT Riley Reiff in the first round. Brockers could turn out to be a star, but he needs a lot of time and seasoning. Reiff also needs a little work, but he could be plugged in right away at right tackle and been an instant help for the O line.
Division Draft Ranking: 2
Overall Draft Ranking: 5

First Round

DT Michael Brockers, LSU (Soph.) 6-5, 302
Overall Pick No. 14 CFN Overall Ranking: 23
CFN Analysis: How badly did St. Louis get pantsed by not getting Justin Blackmon or Michael Floyd? The Rams traded their way into the abyss and didn’t get a desperately needed wide receiver and didn’t target another huge need, offensive tackle. Brockers is a big-time prospect with tremendous upside, but he’s hardly a finished product and needs to grow into a pass rusher. This is a huge boom or bust pick that could be a disaster considering what the Rams needed to do in the first round.

There’s a lot of work to be done and there are downsides, but he has the quickness and the versatility to become a major factor in a variety of defenses. He was a dominant force in the SEC wars and turned into an anchor of one of the nation’s best run defenses, and while he could sit on the nose if needed, he’ll be terrific as a 5-technique and can be used in several ways. Very big, very athletic for his size, and with a perfect frame, he’s already big and still has room to add good weight without losing a thing. While he was awful at the Combine, he picked it up at his pro day and showed he could do everything an NFL defensive coordinator could want, but that’s part of the problem; can he be consistent? Does he have the maturity and the fire to step up and do the work needed to be special? There’s a limitless upside, but buyer beware with major bust potential if he doesn’t take on a pro attitude.
CFN Projection: First Round

Second Round

WR Brian Quick, Appalachian State 6-4, 220
Overall Pick No. 33 CFN Overall Ranking: 98
CFN Analysis: The Rams have their receiver. While he might not have the ridiculous tools like a Stephen Hill, who’s still on the board, he’s a big-bodied receiver who could instantly be Sam Bradford’s No. 1 target. The pressure will be on right away to produce.

With excellent size and tremendous athleticism, he has the tools including phenomenal leaping ability to get up and make big plays on jump balls. Smooth as silk for his size and gears up well with the ability to blow past defenders once he’s in the clear. A leader, he’ll do whatever he must to improve, and he needs some refinement. While he ended up finishing strong during Senior Bowl week, he didn’t look like he belonged with the big boys early on. The deep speed is there, but he’ll likely be a mid-range target early on. There are too many drops and he’ll need plenty of refinement, but there’s enough to work with to think he could eventually become a dangerous No. 2 target.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Second Round

CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama 5-10, 193
Overall Pick No. 39 CFN Overall Ranking: 12
CFN Analysis: A HUGE get for the Rams. They addressed the receiver situation with Brian Quick early in the second round, and while it might have been nice to get another one to keep beefing up the weak position. Jenkins is a tremendous value pick. Yes, there are major character issues, and yes, he’s a dicey attitude prospect, but on sheer talent he’s a top ten talent who should lock down a spot right away. There’s no risk; if he busts, he was a chance worth taking at the 39.

Take away the character issues and he’d be a sure-thing top 20 pick. While he’s not huge, he’s big enough to get by and doesn’t have a problem against the bigger receivers. Lightning fast, he has the 4.4 wheels in workouts and he plays just as fast on the field with the ability to close on a receiver in a heartbeat. He’s a willing tackler, he’s great at tracking the ball, and he proved himself time and again when he was at Florida. But all of the positives are wiped away by the major warning signs that’ll make him undraftable on some boards. Along with his major-league attitude, he had a slew of off-the-field problems including an arrest for marijuana possession that got him the boot from Florida. He was banged up, and with his style he’ll always be hovering around the injury report. Will the concerns outweigh his incredible talent? On the right team he’s a No. 1 corner and a Pro Bowl talent.
CFN Projection:
Second Round 

Second Round

RB Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati 5-10, 197
Overall Pick No. 50 CFN Overall Ranking: 64
CFN Analysis: Okay … the Rams still need more receiver help even after getting Brian Quick, and Rueben Randle is still on the board, but Pead is a great football player who’ll be a terrific change-of-pace speedster to give Steven Jackson some help. He’s a playmaker who can find a role right away as Sam Bradford’s third down back who can make things happen in space. The offense needs weapons, and Pead is one.

He’s too small, too slight, and too thin, but he’s a pure football player who’s better than he looks with phenomenal speed and a nice all-around game. Extremely quick with all the raw tools, he might not be a workhorse but he has the potential to be a devastating 15-touch back in the right system. The Big East Player of the Year, he carried the Cincinnati offense and has been extremely productive whenever he has had a chance. Able to be used as a returner if he’s not a top runner right away, he also has the hands to be a playmaker as a third down receiver. The base and the frame just aren’t there, and he’ll never pound through the line, but if he can put it all together from a work standpoint, he could have a long career in a niche role if he’s not a No. 1 back.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Third Round

CB Trumaine Johnson, Montana (S) 6-2, 204
Overall Pick No. 65 CFN Overall Ranking: 60
CFN Analysis: The Rams are taking a bit of a chance on greatness. The Rams addressed the offensive side with the earlier picks, and now the secondary should be locked up with Janoris Jenkins and now Johnson. With his size, Johnson can fit as a nickel or dime defender, but he’s a corner who should flourish with teams – eventually - staying away from Jenkins.

Very big and very versatile, he could be used as a safety – his more likely position – or as a huge, physical corner. While he has good football speed, he doesn’t time fast and doesn’t cut like he’ll need to against the smaller speed targets. But his size and outstanding leaping ability make him perfect to deal with the bigger, Calvin Johnson-like targets, and he’s not going to back down from a challenge. With a little more time he could be a tremendous nickel defender. He’ll have to work to be great. It’s all there, but he has to do all the little things right to be special. The attitude has to be dialed down a bit and he’s not as good a tackler as he should be for his size and skills, but there’s a world of upside as a longtime starter in someone’s secondary.
CFN Projection: CFN Projection: Second Round

Fourth Round

WR Chris Givens, Wake Forest (Jr.) 6-1, 198
Overall Pick No. 96 CFN Overall Ranking: 74
CFN Analysis: In a draft class that’s missing blazing speed up top, Givens brings the heat with sub-4.4 wheels that translates to the field. A good route runner and not just a deep threat, he’s not afraid to block and he has no problems going across the middle even though he doesn’t quite have the body for it. While his bread will be buttered at the next level as a possible home run hitter, it would be nice if he could find the weight room and decide to put in the work to potentially be a go-to target. The bust potential is huge and he has to prove he wants to become great. Outside of his speed he doesn’t have elite tools and he’ll likely spend his career as a one-trick pony who works as a No. 3 receiver.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Fifth Round

OG Rokevious Watkins, South Carolina 6-4, 338
Overall Pick No. 150 CFN Overall Ranking: 244

While he’s not going to destroy anyone, even though he has the right body to blow up a lineman, he’s decent on the move and can kick outside to either tackle position if needed. Most likely a key reserve who’ll fill in the games when needed, he’s reliable and productive, doing a nice job against SEC defenders over the last few years, but he can’t handle the speed rushers. However, while he might get a long look at right tackle, he’s not going to function for too long on the outside and can only move in case of an emergency. There’s upside, but he needs a lot of work both in the film room and with a strength and conditioning coach to maximize his potential.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Sixth Round

PK Greg Zuerlein, Missouri Western 6-0, 189
Overall Pick No. 171 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
With a cannon, he has as much range as any kicker prospect in the draft. Under the radar because he didn’t play at a bigger school, he still has the skills to become a long-time pro. Accurate enough to be counted on right away, his real worth will be as a long range bomber.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Seventh Round

LB Aaron Brown, Hawaii
Overall Pick No. 209   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent 

Seventh Round

RB Daryl Richardson, Abilene Christian
Overall Pick No. 252   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent