May 11, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Chris Givens (13) runs during mini camp at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
Breakdowns of draft picks at this point are old news, but a breakdown of the St. Louis Rams' 2012 draft class from Adam Caplan over at The Sideline View offers some good insight and new information into this year's rookie class.
Much has been said about the Rams' getting a potential steal with Janoris Jenkins in the 2nd round, but Caplan says they got another bargain deal in the 4th round when they drafted Wake Forest wide receiver Chris Givens.
He could have easily been a 3rd-round pick, if not for some health concerns. Givens tore both his right and left ACLs in high school.
Givens tore his left ACL in September 2007, an injury that ended his high school career. He tore his right one the year before that. He was a redshirt in his first year at Wake Forest, which was 2008. It is worth noting that Givens made a speedy recovery. He was well enough to run track in the spring of his senior year in high school, running a 10.7 in the 100 meters.
Givens showed his speed again in the lead up to the draft, recording a sub-4.4 time in the 40. More importantly, he showed his speed on the field with Wake Forest.
Caplan thinks that the rookie receiver can be a contributor this year.
Givens has the ability to make an impact because of his speed and skill set. In fact, because the Rams are light at the position, he could get into the top-four of the rotation quite soon.
The Rams really need Givens to contribute this season, giving the offense a much needed threat to stretch the field.