This years 2012 NFL Draft for the St. Louis Rams was interesting to say the least. When the Rams traded their number two overall pick to the Redskins for a lot of future draft picks was a brilliant move on new GM Les Snead’s part. They didn’t need to draft RG3 because they already have their franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford but what they did need was someone for him to throw the ball to.
Everyone expected Justin Blackmon to be there at the number six overall pick that the Rams had got from the Redskins, but the Jacksonville Jaguars really wanted Blackmon and they were willing to trade for it. The Jaguars traded with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and selected Blackmon with the number five overall pick. I think most Rams fans, including myself were devastated when this happened. Blackmon was supposed to be “THE GUY” next to Bradford and to have the Jaguars come in and trade their pick for him was upsetting to some. The Rams traded down to the number 14 overall pick, this initially made me mad because I wanted to see the Rams get someone at the six spot but they did what the Patriots are famous for doing, trading down in the draft to acquire more draft picks allowing for more players. When the Rams did finally pick at the number 14th overall pick the selected Michael Brockers, and defensive tackle from LSU.
I think this was a good selection for the Rams, the Arizona Cardinals took Michael Floyd so there were no receivers they wanted at the number 14 spot were available. Brockers will be a defensive force for the Rams D-line. He will be able to collapse the pocket on passing plays so Robert Quinn and Chris Long can come flying off the edge at the quarterback. He can stop the run any day of the week, blasting through the offensive line and leveling the running back. The question now was when are the Rams going to draft a wide receiver.
With the 33rd pick in the draft, the first of the second round, the Rams selected Brian Quick, wide receiver from Appalachian State. Finally, the Rams had their receiver. Quick is big and fast and has great hands, everything you want in a receiver. Some experts Quick going as high as the mid first round, there was no question he was the best player available at number 33. Quick has been compared to T.O. saying that he has the same type of amazing work ethic on the field but not same attitude. Quick, like T.O., can catch the goal-line fade pass which is something the Rams couldn’t do even in practice last year. With their second pick in the second round the Rams selected Jenoris Jenkins, corner back from Northern Alabama University. Jenkins has had a number of off the field issues, which is why he fell so far in the draft, had he not had any issues he could have been a top ten draft pick.
All and all I think the Rams did a very good job in this years draft and I would give them a solid B+.