As the title has so cleverly pointed out, this post is about prospects not being picked by the Rams at #6. Before you click that X in the top right hand corner of the window, hear me out. I am going to cover a late-round and possibly UDFA prospect for five of the biggest needs on the Ram's roster right now. Some of you may have never heard ofthese players while others had a lot of hype but fell off due to a smorgasbord of reasons. I'm not going to go way out on a whim and list people like Kellen Moore or Justin King's cousin B.B. After the jump take my hand and we will dive into this lasagna of awesomeness together....
Black got All Pac-12 honorable mention for having 4 interceptions and almost 40 tackles. He is an explosive CB posting a 4.3 40' time with a 39"+ vertical at his pro-day. He has played FS in college before moving to the CB position. With the need for depth in our secondary i could see taking a flyer on him in the 6th+ round, and if all else fails he could add an element to our return game.
EDWIN BAKER, MICHIGAN ST, RB. 5'9 210LBS, PROJ. RD 5-7. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:
As a sophomore Baker broke the 1200 yard mark, and was listed at #65 out of the top #100 players entering the 2011 season. During his pro day he was clocked anywhere from 4.35 to 4.43. Baker had some fumble issues during the early part of his junior year that ended up causing him his starting position. He ended the season with jut over 600 yards rushing. As a late round prospect he has the build and the speed to be an nfl back, reminiscent of a Maurice Jones-Drew. If we dont take Trent Richardson, i would rather take a shot at someone like this in the later round than take a tier 2 RB with our 2nd or 3rd round picks.
TANK CARDER, TCU, LB. 6'2 236LBS, PROJ. RD 4-5. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:
He has a name like Tank. End of story. Oh, production... right. Well tank played at ILB and had time at OLB so he could make the transition in the NFL. He has all the intangibles, like a high motor and his work ethic has never been questioned. His 40' time is a high 4.6 low 4.7 which isn't anything spectacular but as an OLB it is plenty fast enough. He was named the MVP for the rose bowl where he had 6 tackles, 3 for loss and a sack against a dominant Wisconsin offense and line. This is a guy that i think would line up nicely next to JL55 and possibly provide depth as he can play any LB position.
DEREK MOYE, PENN ST, WR. 6'4 209LBS, PROJ. RD 6-UDFA. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:
Moye had 53 receptions for 883 yards in 2010, which is over 16.5 yards per catch. He saw his production drop off in 2011 due to terrible QB play and the infamous Penn St scandal. At 6'4 with a 40' time clocked as low as 4.42 he would be a big target with breakaway speed and a possible replacement for DX, as much as i like DX, Moye doesnt have knees made out of glass. Regardless of whether or not we take Blackmon at #6 or not i could see taking Moye as a low risk-high reward type of WR.
DOMINIQUE HAMILTON, MISSOURI, DT. 6'5 313LBS, PROJ. RD 5-7. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:
While his 5.5 40' time wont remind you of other combine monsters like recent DT Poe, it is plenty fast enough for such a big man. His 2010 season was cut short due to a broken ankle, but he rebounded in 2011, having 56 tackles, 7 for loss and 3 sacks and the same amount of passes broken up. Hamilton is a big body that could help against the run while also shoring up the middle and allowing Long and Quinn to get pressure off the edge. He could step in from day one and make a difference. With Fisher's history of getting 100% out of late round DT picks, i feel like this is one gem that should polish up nicely.