Mel Kiper's draft grades are in, and the St. Louis Rams passed the Hair's rigorous evaluation. Sure, Billy Devaney's 2011 NFL Draft class didn't get the grades to go to grad school at Harvard, but an upper tier state university is definitely attainable.
Kiper calls first-round pick Robert Quinn an early-impact player. It's a logical assessment given that he has the benefit of playing behind James Hall on the depth chart as a rookie. Last year, Spagnuolo and defensive coordinator Ken Flajole squeezed contributions out of seventh-round pick George Selvie and a few notable moments from small school DE Eugene Sims. Given Quinn's skill set, you should expect to see even more.
Though the number of offensive players, i.e. pass catcher, made for a few head scratching moments, Kiper noted the important of getting weapons for Sam Bradford in the offense. Without a marquee type rookie like Julio Jones, the Rams hopefully found some help with a strength in numbers approach.
In the end, Kiper gave the Rams a B, with an A- for needs and a B- for value.
Here's the Hair's write up:
St. Louis got a lot done, and now unquestionably looks like a franchise ready to take that next step. Nobody got better immediate dividends from the draft than the Rams in 2010, with fantastic rookie seasons from Sam Bradford and Rodger Saffold, and they could have the early-impact player in this draft with the addition of Quinn. Had he played at all in 2010, this is a player who could have been in the mix as a No.1 overall pick. To get him at No. 14 is a steal in terms of talent. Then St. Louis immediately started targeting solutions in the passing game. Kendricks, Pettis and Salas could all help Bradford who did a lot with a pretty weak cast of wideouts last year. The Rams didn't get any help at guard or defensive tackle, but given their needs, they didn't have enough picks to cover them all.
Remember: B's get degrees!