As the draft unfolded in front of my eyes I was upset with the picks the Rams were making. I was glad to see we made the move to finally bring in our franchise signal caller in Sam Bradford with the first pick. I initially thought that pick opened things up for us to concentrate on BPA's at positions of need the rest of the way. Round 2 brought us Rodger Saffold and I could have broke the TV but then I calmed down and figured, OK, we need to protect our investment and Saffold was one of the top offensive linemen coming out. I figured, all right, calm down, two picks, two good players.
Time for round 3. Navorro Bowman and Rennie Curran are on the board, we need an outside linebacker. Damian Williams is on the board and he is a solid route runner to add to the reciever corps. JEROME MURPHY?! With the talent that was available at the time I was upset because I like Murphy but I figured we could get him in the 4th round. Watch the footage on Murphy here. at the 1:00 minute mark he shows hustle by not giving up on a play and causing a fumble from behind. at the 3:30 he mark, he shows his physicality and absolutely blows up the opposing receiver before he gets on his route. Looks like a tackling machine.
Round 4 netted us Mardy Gilyard. He is impressive. He has a story of personal perseverance and had a productive college career. Unfortunately, to me he is a slot receiver and I thought we had enough of those. Aaron Hernandez and Dennis Pitta were sitting there and they would have solidified our TE position.
Round 5 brings us Michael Hoomanawanui at TE and Hall Davis at DE. Sad to see solid players like Dominiquie Franks (CB) and Chris Scott (OT) on the board that could have been taken here and maybe allowed us to use our 2nd and 3rd round picks on a better tight end and defensive end.
Round 6 brings us a couple of no names in Fendi Obunu (TE) and Eugene Sims (DE). Two good runners to backup Steven Jackson were available in Deji Kariim and Anthony Dixon. The Niners got Dixon and I hope the Rams don't wind up regretting this. I tried to do some research on these guys and pulled up this nugget on Obunu playing some pickup basketball at Arizona. This guy is very athletic and if he can transfer that talent to the gridiron, we might be onto something:
Round 7 brought us Marquis Johnson, George Selvie and Josh Hull. I liked the Selvie and Hull selections but why take Marquis Johnson, a backup college corner when you can get value in the 7th round with a solid outside linebacker like Dekoda Watson, more depth for the offensive line in Kyle Calloway or a mismatch creating tight end like Dorin Dickerson still out there?
Overall, I felt that the Rams whiffed on some of their picks and could have done much better. I gave them a C grade but when you have the first pick in every round, there is no excuse not to get an A+.