Just my take on each draft pick and how they'll fit in. I pulled my thoughts from the video I could see on youtube, not trying to confirm or deny what some draft analyst has to say. Also, I give my little prediction on how each player may fall on the depth chart.
*It's long because I'm in the midst of final papers with word count requirements (which I suck at and don't want to talk about). Feel free to skip to the poll at the end :)
Round 1: Michael Brockers DT 6'5" 322 LSU
Not much to say that hasn't been said. A hole plugger (don't be gross). Should start Day 1 with Langford, Quinn and Long. I don't see a whole lot of playmaking ability here, but he's good, and that will be a huge upgrade over what was here before. Good strength, solid leverage, great size. Will hold the line, upgrading our run defense as well as our end zone defense (allowing our LB's to get free and make cuts cleanly towards the ball). No Dline changes necessary for a decade or so (restructuring Long's contract would be nice).
Further evaluation: Just look at Rickforking's great post :)
Round 2: Brian Quick WR 6'3" 220 App. St.
Great size. He plays pretty fast, with occasional bouts of exceptional ability. His playing weight is 220 but it looks like he's playing at 200, he's a bit faster than you'd expect and a bit weaker too. Not what I'd call a "power" wide out, he has great focus on running his route and subsequently catching the ball. Yards after the catch definitely look secondary, a positive and a negative, I guess. Jump balls and redzone play seem to come natural to him, which should keep him valuable on the field as he acclimates to the NFL. Should be on the field Day 1, maybe limited to short routes and deep balls to utilize his size advantage and minimize his sub par route running/awareness.
Janoris Jenkins CB 5'10" 193 No. Ala.
Plays with attitude. A very pure cover corner, with movement skills to matchup with any WR in the league, as well as provide spark on ST. Great awareness for how much contact he can get away with and stay away from penalties, while frustrating his opponent. Can get a little loose in his coverage in anticipation of something, leading to easy gains. Real advanced cover corner, comfortable showing varied looks, willing to gamble at the line, plays a little cocky - which really adds to his ability to cover. Playing strength is surprising for his stature, willing to take on tackles/guards/tight ends by going low. Should start immediately next to Finnegan, creating the feistiest corner duo in the league, and play some ST until Fisher declares him too valuable a CB. WR's will be quoted as "Rams corners are a bunch of punks, refs weren't callin sh*t!" as they leave with 2 rec's for 28 yds each.
Isaiah Pead RB 5'10" 197 Cincinnati
First off, not my favorite pick, so take what you will from this. Pead reminds me a whole, whole, whole lot of Matt Forte. But he's not strong. Pass blocking is pretty bad, just leave it at that. His jump cut style of play seems like it will fit in nicely with the NFL. Real tendency to move forward, has definite wiggle to his game, but it's clear he's trying to get moving forward. I mean, if you can imagine Matt Forte, take off 15 pounds of strength, make him quite a bit faster, then make him real sucky at blocking - he'd look a lot like Pead. Should be a competent spell back for SJax, but probably more valuable when both are on the field, to limit Pead's pass blocking and maximize the defense's worry of his home run ability.
Round 3: Trumaine Johnson CB 6'1" 204 Montana
Great size, speed, and strength. You can tell he's a former WR. Very raw as a cover corner, playing with a little too much separation from the WR OFTEN, not consistently wrapping up when given the opportunity, doesn't press often, even though he has the size and speed to get away with it. His ability is apparent on blitzes and run plays where he will engage OLine and TE's effectively, and come off the corner like a bolt of lightning headed for the ball carrier. Can't emphasize enough, this guy has great speed and strength to go with his size. I can see him playing FS, has the skills and playing style, but his awareness is almost below average. You can get away with instincts and sloppy technique if you have enough ability at CB, but FS depends largely on your comfort level with the scheme and ability to read defenses, something Tru lacks. I'd say he sits behind Finnegan/Janoris/Bradley Fletcher/Jerome Murphy and Quintin Mikell/Dahl as he settles in to the game plan.
Round 4: Chris Givens WR 5'11" 198 Wake Forest
Looks a lot like a track athlete whose learned a lot about football. His routes are crisp, and his speed is deadly. Yards after the catch come from his straight line speed. Very limited wiggle to his game. Great hands though, and his track influences show in his leaping ability and straight line speed. Looks a little tight with the ball in his hands, but it won't matter as long as he's catching it downfield 40 or so yards. Playing strength could use a little work, as he can be rode off his route by bigger/crafty CB's. I'd say he gets some playing time at WR, but right now I'd think it'd go something like: X-Quick Y-Steve Smith Slot- Amendola/Salas. Then Givens working in at Y sparsely, Pettis at Y and slot rarely, Gibson at Y pretty frequently, DX at X very rarely. However, of the backups, Givens should see the field a whole lot more than the rest come week 8 or so.
I really like what Brockers and Janoris might bring to the table on Day1. Their ability should compliment our deficiencies from last year. Quick looks like a valuable addition, even though raw. He should be producing early, and notching it up as the year goes on. Pead should be OK in his role as a backup. Givens looks like he could be out there early too, especially if Steve Smith and Gibson don't hold him off. Trumaine Johnson is a physical freak, but he needs a lot of tweaking before he gets on the field. I'd say 3 Day 1 starters and 3 valuable backups in 4 rounds - Man, I'm excited!!
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