The Rams have, in the space of a 3 hours, now made me want the football season to start so much more. Not because I am a fan of both picks (as of now) but because I want to see how they will use these guys, and if they will make them reach their potential. Because the rams did not draft a WR or an OLB.
Tavon Austin is not a WR. He is a play maker. You cannot just line him up against a CB, and ask him to run a great route or jump over guys to make miraculous catches. That is not what he does. You have to put him in space, or move him around to get him mismatched on an OLB. You have to put him on screen, quick outs. He is a chess piece, and you need to be smart to use him. Yes, he makes our offense 20x times more explosive, but Scotty needs to use him right. Line him up against Sherman and ask to run a go route, is not going to work. I think as long as Tavon stays healthy, and Schotty uses him right, he is going to get 1000 yards. Sam Bradford now has a weapon he can move around, and try to get big plays out of. But if you need 10 yards, Tavon may not be your guy. If you need a big play, he is. I hope you understand what I mean.
I do/did not like the Ogletree pick. I have to go watch some games of his, see what he is like, but the main reason I don't like it is because I wanted Elam. Yes, I am a sore loser. But Ogletree is not your standard OLB. He isn't a pass rusher, and I do not think he is going to match the production in college. Ogletree is a coverage OLB, or a QB spy type of linebacker. I honestly think the Rams took him so that they do not need to have 3 CBs on the field. Ogletree will cover the slot WR, or the TE or the RB, but I don't we will see him being used to tackle the RB, or sack the QB. Ogletree is the new type of OLB, who is more safety then OLB, in a way. The Rams got a guy who may not have as much production as people think, but he is going to take the strain of JL, by allowing JL to rush the QB or get tackles in the back field. Ogletree is going to be a main part of this defense, and maybe in the future, when he has more experience as an OLB, he will become a better more solid one. And JL most be loving this pick, as he has someone who he can take under his wing, and use well.
In the end, I am excited for the season. Like every season. But I want to see how the Rams use their two new pieces(and the rest of their draft picks!). And as any Rams fan, I hope they work. But if they don't, (and Elam/Hopkins, (who I would have wanted instead) do) I don't think I will say "I told you so!" Well maybe I will. Like I said, I'm a sore loser. But if they do pan out, as I fully expect, then I guess about 200 people will be telling me they said so. But its win-win for me. So HAH! I get the last laugh. Sorry, sore loser.