Fellow Rams fans, with the draft just ending, I think it is safe to say many of were at least satisfied with the way it went. With that being said, many of us are excited about they will perform, as well as curious about what qualify as reasonable expectations. Below I offer my predictions on how I think they will fare, and am looking for opinions which differ from mine, or propose an opposition.
Michael Brockers, DT: I think Brockers will easily win a starting job in training camp, starting alongside Kendall Langford in the Rams 4-3 defence. He will immediately be an asset on stop the run, however he will come off the field on passing downs in favour of Trevor Laws. By week 5, Against the Cardinals and their rebuilding offensive line, Brockers will get a chance to show his refined pass rushing abilities, and become a three-down player. 2012 Prediction: 53 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble
Brian Quick, Wr: Brian Quick is a difficult projection to make. He has all the attributes, and will see significant playing time as a rookie. With that being said, we must not forget many believe Quick is still a developmental project. He will however, get a ton of chances to produce, and will not let us down in his rookie season. 2012 Prediction: 71 catches, 827 yards, 9.8 ypc, 6 td's
Janoris Jenkins, Cb: Jenkins is our ultimate boom-or-bust draft pick. He has an oozing amount of talent, and us Rams fans sure hope he stays out of trouble. He will get tested early and often, with the proven Finnegan starting across from him. I believe he is a day 1 starter and has a quality season, even going as far to earn consideration as DROY, considering all the balls that will be thrown his way. 2012 Prediction: 62 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 5 int's
Isiah Pead, Rb: Finally, the FO brought in a running back which can compliment SJax. Pead is a dynamic change of pace running back, and as a result will see a ton of carries, especially on third down. Combined with the fact that Jackson could(hopefully not) get injured, Pead will have a solid season. On top of that, I think Pead will be a solid kick/punt returner for us. 2012 Prediction: 687 rushing yards, 4 td's. 384 receiving yards, 2td's
Trumaine Johnson, Cb: Johnson is another super talented player, with off the field issues. On the field, Johnson offers a great deal of versatility. He will play corner, especially useful when Finnegan shifts to the slot, where he is most effective. He will also play some safety on sub packages, and as a result be a steady contributor in year one. 2012 Prediction: 46 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 2 int's
Chris Givens, Wr: Givens offers a dynamic we've been lacking since Donnie Avery flamed out, a vertical burner. Givens will stretch the field, and run right by many cornerbacks. Sam will finally have the downfield threat he has yet to, and the results will show. 2012 Prediction: 52 catches, 589 yards, 11.8 ypc, 3 td's
Rokevious Watkins, Og. Watkins is another one of the projects Fisher likes to draft in later rounds, and turn into a starter. I trust the staff on this one, and while I do no think he will contribute too much this year, I think he will eventually start. 2012 Predictions: 16 games, 5 starts, 3 sacks given up
Greg Zuerlien, K. I consider Zuerlien to be one of the best kickers to come out of the ranks in a while, and he will not disappoint us a rookie. 2012 Prediction: 22-24 Fg, 2-2 from 10-20, 5-5 from 20-30, 6-7 from 30-40, 5-6 from 40-50, 4-4 from 50+
Aaron Brown, Lb. I do not think Brown will start for us, however his feistiness and speed will make him a solid special teamer, would could contribute on obvious passing downs with improved coverage skills. 2012 Prediction: 5 st tackles, 2 tackles from the line of scrimmage
Darryle Richardson, Rb. Richardson has potential with quickness and 4.4 speed, however I do not see him contributing much this year, especially with Jackson and Pead ahead of him. 2012 Prediction: 12 carries, 86 yards, 0 td's. 3 catches, 16 yards, 0 td's
Notable Undrafted Free Agents
**These players will not get projections, instead I will list the players I see making the roster**
Sammy Brown, Olb- Led nation in TFL last season, could be a solid starter if he stops taking plays off
Matt Daniels, S- Intriguing Height Weight Speed Prospect who hits hard, see him following path similar to Darian Stewart
Austin Davis, Qb- Very solid game manager with underrated athleticism
Michael Hay, Ot- Faced long odds before(thanks for the story guys), will be reliable for us again
T-Bob Hebert, Og- Nfl Genes, plus with a name like T-Bob how could you go wrong?
Alex Hoffman-Ellis, Olb- Another Olb I see who can become a solid producer for us down the line.
Johnny Hekker, P- By default, we need somebody to compete with Tom Malone
DeAngelo Peterson, Te- He has decent size and speed, and will get a chance to compete.
Thanks guys, and again, please comment!