As the Draft draws near kickoff, us fans can now come closer to a conclusion on the Prospects we can draft with the 6th overall pick. If you have in any way kept up with the Rams draft projections you will know there is a alomst certain consensus on the Rams selecting Justin Blackmon wide-out from Oklahoma St. However we know nothing is final until that name is called, players such as Trent Richardson, Fletcher Cox, and even possibly Matt Kalil are all still in the mix, as well as the possibility for a trade down scenario.
Anyways, we have all seen it happen during the NFL draft coverage as young players sit and wait for their name to be called. Players surrounding them are picking up the phones, hugging their parents and putting on hats. Instead of doing the same they continue to sit as their fate lies in the shape of a small note card read by the NFL commissioner. Depending on the direction of the first pick there will be some key big name players to listen in for that might fall to the second round, and thus could be picked up by us as the best player available regardless of our team needs.
Alshon Jeffery, a wideout from South Carolina. There are some players in the 2012 NFL draft you just have to shake your head at and Alshon Jeffery is one of those players.After months of rumors speculating that Jeffery's weight could be well over 230 pounds the 22-year-old wide receiver quieted the naysayers showing up in-shape and at 216 lbs at the combine.Just when everything was going right for Jeffery is when it all started to go array.Jeffery did not participate in any drills at the NFL Combine...nothing. According to Jeffery he stated he would do "whatever he felt comfortable with" and we may be just speculating here but it seems like the only thing he was comfortable with was the scale. After putting up eye-popping numbers in his sophomore season his production declined in 2011 catching 49 balls for 762 yards and eight touchdowns.Originally slated as a first round selection of the Houston Texans or Chicago Bears look for Jeffery to wait as late as the late second round for his name is called.
Janoris Jenkins, a cornerback from North Alabama. After being dismissed from Florida after two marijuana possession-related charges within three months, Janoris Jenkins of North Alabama was the only player in Division II this season to return three punts for touchdowns.The former University of Florida standout finished with 53 total tackles, including four for a loss. He added two interceptions, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. Jenkins is an explosive corner and could be a top shut down corner in the NFL if he gets his act together. Originally slated as a first round selection Jenkins can easily fall to the second.
Stephen Hill averaged an attention-getting 29.3 yards per catch last season, and he was a standout at the February combine. He has the potential to be an NFL deep threat. Actually, Hill could easily go in the first round. The 49ers might have an eye on him at No. 30. The Jaguars won't take Hill at No. 7, but if they trade down, Hill could be a target. If Hill doesn't go in the first round, it's because his skills are raw, and he only caught 28 passes last season. It may take him a year or two to feel comfortable in the NFL.
Jerel Worthy, Defensive Tackle from Michigan State has strength and quick first step, the 6'2", 309-pound Worthy is great against the run. The Rams certainly need help in that department, as their defense finished 31st in the NFL last year in rushing yards. It wouldn't be a huge shock to see him available here, but many project him as a late first-round pick.
Doug Martin, RB from Boise State isn't the biggest back, but he has great power, as evidenced by his running back-best 28 bench-press reps at the NFL combine. Some believe the Broncos will take him in Round 1, but I see the Broncos waiting to grab an RB in Round 2. That's good news for the Rams, as he could be Fishers early round target if he misses on Trent Richardson. IT has been no secret about Fishers love of running backs, and with Stephen Jackson coming closer and closure, Martin could fit as the future successor, as hes been drawing comparisons to Ray Rice.
Kendall Reyes, a Defensivve lineman from Connecticut has speed, length and pure strength, Reyes would greatly help the Rams rush defense. He could be selected in the first round, but it seems likely he falls here.
Devon Still, a Defensive Tackle from Penn State. He is a physical specimen with his overwhelming strength along with a quick first step. Scouts have negatively graded him on his tendency to not give it his all on some plays. That, and the other great DTs in the draft should keep him out of the first round and create a nice value pick for the Rams at #33 or #39.
Amini Silatolu, is a offensive lineman from Midwestern State. Silatolu is versatile with the ability to play guard and tackle, and gives the Rams some much-needed depth on the line.
Rueben Randle, wideout from LSU has great hands, Randle is 6'3" and possesses the type of deep-threat ability the Rams the need. A big player to look out for should the Rams not forgo Justin Blackmon.