Jeff Fisher's Draft History

Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Jeff Fisher looks to improve on his draft day record at the 2013 NFL Draft.

Jeff Fisher has a long draft history. With the Rams, once again, holding the linchpin to the draft, one must look to the past in order to answer the question, what comes next?

1995

RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 3 Steve McNair QB Alcorn State
2 35 Anthony Cook DE South Carolina State
3 67 Chris Sanders WR Ohio State
3 89 Rodney Thomas RB Texas A&M
3 95 Torey Hunter CB Washington State
4 101 Michael Roan TE Wisconsin
5 159 Gary Walker DT Auburn
6 174 Hicham El-Mashtoub C Arizona
7 211 C.J. Richardson DB Miami (Fla.)
1996 - Houston Oilers
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 14 Eddie George RB Ohio State
2 38 Bryant Mix DE Alcorn State
2 48 Jason Layman T Tennessee
3 74 Terry Killens LB Penn State
4 107 Kendrick Burton DE Alabama
4 109 Jon Runyan T Michigan
5 143 Rayna Stewart SAF Northern Arizona
6 177 Anthony Dorsett CB Pittsburgh
7 218 Mike Archie RB Penn State
1997 - Tennessee Oilers
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 18 Kenny Holmes DE Miami (Fla.)
2 46 Joey Kent WR Tennessee
3 75 Denard Walker CB Louisiana State
3 81 Scott Sanderson T Washington State
4 98 Derrick Mason WR Michigan State
4 107 Pratt Lyons DE Troy State
5 143 George McCullough DB Baylor
6 181 Dennis Stallings LB Illinois
7 216 Armon Williams DB Arizona
1998 - Tennessee Oilers
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 16 Kevin Dyson WR Utah
2 46 Samari Rolle CB Florida State
3 77 Dainon Sidney DB Alabama-Birmingham
4 107 Joe Salave'a DT Arizona
5 139 Benji Olson G Washington
6 168 Lee Wiggins -- South Carolina
7 205 Jimmy Sprotte LB Arizona
7 229 Kevin Long C Florida State
1999 - Tennessee Titans
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 16 Jevon Kearse DE Florida
2 52 John Thornton DT West Virginia
3 81 Zach Piller T Florida
4 114 Brad Ware SAF Auburn
4 117 Donald Mitchell DB Southern Methodist
5 151 Kevin Daft QB California-Davis
6 186 Darran Hall -- Colorado State
7 222 Phil Glover LB Utah
2000 - Tennessee Titans
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 30 Keith Bulluck LB Syracuse
3 68 Erron Kinney TE Florida
3 93 Byron Frisch DE Brigham Young
4 124 Bobby Myers SAF Wisconsin
4 128 Peter Sirmon LB Oregon
5 135 Aric Morris SAF Michigan State
5 160 Frank Chamberlin LB Boston College
6 197 Robaire Smith DE Michigan State
7 213 Mike Green RB Houston
7 237 Wes Shivers G Mississippi State
2001 - Tennessee Titans
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
2 60 Andre Dyson CB Utah
3 90 Shad Meier TE Kansas State
4 124 Justin McCareins WR Northern Illinois
5 159 Eddie Berlin WR Northern Iowa
6 192 Dan Alexander RB Nebraska
6 199 Adam Haayer T Minnesota
7 232 Keith Adams LB Clemson
2002 - Tennessee Titans
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 15 Albert Haynesworth DT Tennessee
2 45 Tank Williams SS Stanford
3 77 Rocky Calmus LB Oklahoma
4 110 Mike Echols CB Wisconsin
4 115 Tony Beckham CB Wisconsin-Stout
4 133 Rocky Boiman LB Notre Dame
5 151 Jake Schifino WR Akron
6 187 Justin Hartwig G Kansas
7 225 Darrell Hill WR Northern Illinois
7 240 Carlos Hall DE Arkansas
2003 - Tennessee Titans
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 28 Andre Woolfolk CB Oklahoma
2 60 Tyrone Calico WR Middle Tennessee State
3 93 Chris Brown RB Colorado
4 126 Rien Long DT Washington State
5 154 Donnie Nickey DB Ohio State
7 225 Todd Williams G Florida State
2004 - Tennessee Titans
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
2 40 Ben Troupe TE Florida
2 42 Travis LaBoy DE Hawaii
2 57 Antwan Odom DE Alabama
3 71 Randy Starks DT Maryland
3 92 Rich Gardner CB Penn State
4 103 Bo Schobel DE Texas Christian
4 124 Michael Waddell CB North Carolina
5 138 Jacob Bell G Miami (Ohio)
5 165 Rob Reynolds LB Ohio State
6 191 Troy Fleming RB Tennessee
7 230 Jared Clauss DT Iowa
7 239 Eugene Amano C Southeast Missouri State
7 241 Sean McHugh TE Penn State
2005 - Tennessee Titans
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 6 Pacman Jones CB West Virginia
2 41 Michael Roos T Eastern Washington
3 68 Courtney Roby WR Indiana
3 96 Brandon Jones WR Oklahoma
4 108 Vincent Fuller DB Virginia Tech
4 113 David Stewart T Mississippi State
4 136 Roydell Williams WR Tulane
5 142 Damien Nash RB Missouri
5 150 Daniel Loper T Texas Tech
6 179 Bo Scaife TE Texas
7 218 Reynaldo Hill CB Florida
2006 - Tennessee Titans
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 3 Vince Young QB Texas
2 45 LenDale White RB USC
4 102 Calvin Lowry DB Penn State
4 116 Stephen Tulloch LB North Carolina State
5 137 Terna Nande LB Miami (Ohio)
5 169 Jesse Mahelona DT Tennessee
6 172 Jonathan Orr WR Wisconsin
7 215 Cortland Finnegan DB Samford
7 245 Spencer Toone LB Utah
7 246 Quinton Ganther RB Utah
2007 - Tennessee Titans
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 19 Michael Griffin FS Texas
2 50 Chris Henry RB Arizona
3 80 Paul Williams WR Fresno State
4 115 Leroy Harris C North Carolina State
4 128 Chris Davis WR Florida State
5 152 Antonio Johnson DT Mississippi State
6 188 Joel Filani WR Texas Tech
6 204 Jacob Ford DE Central Arkansas
6 206 Ryan Smith CB Florida
7 223 Michael Otto OT Purdue
2008 - Tennessee Titans
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 24 Chris Johnson RB East Carolina
2 54 Jason Jones DT Eastern Michigan
3 85 Craig Stevens TE California
4 103 William Hayes DE Winston-Salem State
4 126 Lavelle Hawkins WR California
4 134 Stanford Keglar LB Purdue
7 229 Cary Williams CB Washburn
2009 - Tennessee Titans
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 30 Kenny Britt WR Rutgers
2 62 Sen'Derrick Marks DT Auburn
3 89 Jared Cook TE South Carolina
3 94 Ryan Mouton DB Hawaii
4 130 Gerald McRath LB Southern Mississippi
4 135 Troy Kropog T Tulane
5 173 Javon Ringer RB Michigan State
6 203 Jason McCourty DB Rutgers
6 206 Dominique Edison WR Stephen F. Austin St.
7 239 Ryan Durand G Syracuse
7 242 Nick Schommer DB North Dakota State
2010 - Tennessee Titans
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 16 Derrick Morgan DE Georgia Tech
3 77 Damian Williams WR USC
3 97 Rennie Curran LB Georgia
4 104 Alterraun Verner CB UCLA
5 148 Robert Johnson DB Utah
6 176 Rusty Smith QB Florida Atlantic
6 207 Myron Rolle DB Florida State
7 222 Marc Mariani WR Montana
7 241 David Howard DT Brown
2012 - St. Louis Rams
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 14 Michael Brockers DT LSU
2 33 Brian Quick WR App. St.
2 39 Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
2 50 Isaiah Pead HB Cincinatti
3 65 Trumaine Johnson CB Montana
4 96 Chris Givens WR Wake Forest
5 150 Rokevious Watkins G South Carolina
6 171 Greg Zuerlein K Missouri Western

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I'm not quite sure what to make of all of this, but here are some observations I made:

  • Fisher likes high ceilings and doesn't mind character concerns.
  • Fisher aces the first round more often than not.
  • Fisher has selected a TE five times within rounds 1-3.
  • Fisher has never selected an offensive lineman in round 1.
I tried to do some research and see how many times Jeff Fisher hit in the first round and how many times he missed.

My numbers came out to 11 hits and 4 misses in the first. That is a 73% success rate. For a team with two first round picks in each of the next two drafts, that is a comforting statistic.

Overall Jeff Fisher's draft history tells us a little bit about what we can expect for the Rams drafts in the future.

Jeff Fisher has never selected an offensive linemen in the first round. That is partly due to the lack of need for offensive linemen when he was in Tennessee. However, he did select offensive lineman twice in the second round and twice in the third round.

Ryan posted an article today that mocked two offensive linemen to the Rams. Jeff Fisher's draft history would suggest that that scenario is highly unlikely. Jeff Fisher's philosophy, when it comes to offensive linemen, seems to be to get them in the later rounds and then coach them up. He certainly has surrounded himself with a staff that is capable of just that.

To summarize:

Don't be surprised if the Rams take a player flush with talent and character concerns.

Jeff Fisher's history would suggest that the Rams will take a TE in one of the first three rounds.

Two lineman in the first round seems highly unlikely.

The Rams are in good hands.

What are your thoughts?

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