2013 NFL Draft Countdown: Revisiting the St. Louis Rams 1st Round Picks

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NFL Draft will begin tomorrow evening at 8pm EST. Before you speculate on what the St. Louis Rams will do, have a look at what they’ve done...

The Rams packed up their uniforms and suntan lotion in 1995 and headed east to the Show-Me State. The results - both of their drafts and their season’s success - have been mixed throughout their stay. For those who believe that ‘building through the draft’ has no value, then I’ll assume this is the first time you’re checking in on this NFL Draft Countdown [St. Louis Rams edition] series.

The side bar to your right is the list of what the Rams have been able to accomplish in the first round since moving back to St. Louis.

And there you have it. Amongst some of the Rams biggest 1st round busts are also some legends of the game. Players like Orlando Pace, Torry Holt, and Steven Jackson have to be in the conversation for greatest Rams' [at their position] in the history of the organization, regardless of which city they called home.

Lawrence Phillips is a prime example of how 1st round players aren't locks for the Pro-Bowl...or two full seasons. He's not alone, though. Most of what occurred in the 1st round between Torry Holt and Steven Jackson could probably be considered a whiff at this point.

One might argue that it's ‘hard to miss' on early round selections, especially when you're on the clock near the top of the draft. Something that may have drawn your eye is the plethora of 6th overall picks in the first few years in St. Louis. No need to rush back and check the record books; the Rams weren't trading up from 32 in order to take Kevin Carter or Grant Wistrom.

Here's a quick glance at where the Rams were drafting over the course of the past 18 years...

Rd 1 Range

1-8

9-16

17-24

25-32

Since 1995

8

6

3

3

40% of the Rams 1st round selections have come in the first eight overall selections over the past [nearly] two decades of drafts. And though the results - for the most part - lead to players who will forever be ingrained in the minds of fans, the shift from having the majority of the team's picks coming in the first quarter of Round 1 to the latter half would be welcomed. Simply put, having the opportunity to draft the best overall player(s) each year comes at a cost. That cost: a very small number in the regular season's win column.

Tomorrow will mark the beginning of another very important chapter in the Rams near - and potentially distant - future. Over the past seven days, we've seen where the organization did it's homework and reaped the rewards as a result. On the contrary, we've seen situations where players drafted in early, mid, and late rounds have let the team, and it's fans, down.

The Los Angeles Rams also had their fair share of success in the draft. It wouldn't be right not to mention some of the All-Time Rams greats drafted prior to 1995...

Year
Player
Pos
School
1994
OT
Auburn
1993
RB
Notre Dame
1992
Sean Gilbert (3)
DT
Pittsburgh
1991
Toddy Lyght (5)
CB
Notre Dame
1990
Bern Brostek (23)
C
Washington
1989
Bill Hawkins (21)
DT
Miami

Cleveland Gary (26)
RB
Miami
1988
Gaston Green (14)
RB
UCLA
1987



1986
Mike Schad (23)
G
Queens
1985
Jerry Gray (21)
DB
Texas
1984



1983
Eric Dickerson (2)
RB
S. Methodist

If you've been following along, you've probably formed an irreversible opinion on the subject matter of the Rams success in the draft. Last year's draft was brimming with potential, which quickly turned to promising talent. Will the Rams be able to begin replicating that success on Thursday night?

You be the judge. Somehow I knew you wouldn't mind. Thanks again for sticking around this past week as we covered the last 18 years of NFL Drafts for the St. Louis Rams. Here's to celebrating the future successes of Chris Long, Sam Bradford, Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers and the two [potentially] 1st round picks who'll be welcomed by Rams Nation tomorrow night.

* St. Louis Rams 7th Round Selections
* St. Louis Rams 6th Round Selections
* St. Louis Rams 5th Round Selections
* St. Louis Rams 4th Round Selections
* St. Louis Rams 3rd Round Selections
* St. Louis Rams 2nd Round Selections

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