1 - Michael Brockers, DT, Louisiana State (6-6, 322); 2 - Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State (6-4, 220); 2 - Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama (5-10, 193); 2 - Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati (5-10, 197); 3 - Trumaine Johnson, DB, Montana (6-2, 204); 4 - Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest (5-11, 198); 5 - Rokevious Watkins, OG, South Carolina (6-4, 338); 6 - Greg Zuerlein, K, Missouri Western (6-0, 187); 7 - Aaron Brown, OLB, Hawaii (6-0, 237); 7 - Daryl Richardson, RB, Abilene Christian (5-10, 192)
Top Picks Analysis: The Rams ended the regular season with the second overall pick but began their selection process slotted 14th following a pair of trades, the last of which produced the promising Brockers. The draft-eligible sophomore is the definition of untapped potential, possessing the powerful build and mammoth wingspan to morph into a difference-making defensive tackle that can clog both running and passing lanes. St. Louis' moves wound up netting two additional second-rounders that were spent on the controversial Jenkins and Pead, a lean speed back with excellent agility and good hands who gives the team a needed complement to bell-cow Steven Jackson. The Rams started the round by nabbing a big target for Sam Bradford in Quick, a former prep star in basketball who's still raw as a route-runner but has plenty of potential as a possession-type No. 2 receiver, and continued with the small- school approach later on by adding Jenkins and Johnson in the hopes of solidifying a shaky secondary. Jenkins does have major college experience as a three-year starter at Florida before being dismissed from the program for a laundry list of off-field transgressions, making him the most high risk/high reward player of this class. He also may the most complete corner to come out this year, as his speed, ball skills and awareness are all top notch. Johnson's height and average speed could lead to a move to safety after playing cornerback at Montana, and the Rams do have a need for a playmaking center fielder with the range to roam the back end.
Best Value Pick: Jenkins, provided he can stay out of trouble and have a professional approach. In terms of talent, he's a surefire first-rounder and NFL starter, but his character red flags caused teams to steer clear until the Rams came calling with the 39th overall pick obtained from Washington in the eventual Robert Griffin trade.
Questionable Calls: The Rams don't have much beyond tackling machine James Laurinaitis at middle linebacker, but didn't add to the position until taking a fringe prospect in Brown in the final round. A starting-caliber left guard also remains on the wish list, though fifth-rounder Watkins may be able to be that guy in time.
Summary: The tandem of head coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead showed they aren't afraid to take some gambles in their first draft together in St. Louis, as the Rams were both active on the trade front and didn't shy from bringing in players with either character or production issues. If newcomers like Brockers, Jenkins and Johnson pay off, the new regime will be well on its way towards turning the franchise's fortunes around.
FINAL GRADE: B-