The St. Louis Rams had a pretty good first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. They missed out on a pair of offensive players the wanted, and are expected to draft a wide receiver in the top of the second round. According to one report, from Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal, many believe that LSU receiver Rueben Randle could be their target.
Mullen is very well connected to the sports agent world, a very good source for information. Randle would naturally be one of their few options at the top of the draft. St. Louis would almost certainly have to take him with the 33rd pick, the very first one in the second round.
One of Randle's biggest fans in the lead up to the draft was none other than Greg Cosell of NFL Films. Check out what he said a couple weeks ago about the lanky LSU receiver:
A big wide receiver who I believe can align on the outside and run the complete route tree is LSU's Rueben Randle (6-3, 210). The more games I watch, the more I like Randle. He is smooth and athletic, with better acceleration off the ball than either Jeffery or Sanu. In some ways, he reminds me of the New York Giants' Hakeem Nicks, who was not drafted until the 29th pick in the first round in 2009. Nicks was the fifth wide receiver selected that year (after Darrius Heyward-Bey, Michael Crabtree, Jeremy Maclin and Percy Harvin), but he's clearly been the most productive of the bunch. Where Nicks has been very effective - and I project Randle playing a similar role - is at "x iso", the single receiver to one side of the formation. When you're aligned at "x," you must be able to win versus man coverage.
Face it, the Rams have an embarrassment of riches with three second-round picks, all of them in the top half of the round.