While the moaning about taking Donnie Avery in the second round will likely continue for some time, drafting Toledo OT John Greco was not surprising. In fact, I, hating to toot my own horn, said I would have taken Greco in the third round of the SBN mock draft had it continued for three rounds.
Greco has good solid run blocking ability that makes him a potential starter at RG. He's 6'4" and the NFL.com profile list him at 320 lbs with the suggestion that he could add another 10 lbs. He's played all four positions on the line, and if he develops, he could be ALex Barron's replacement if Barron continues to show limited progress this season. I suspect the Rams will find Orlando Pace's eventual replacement in next year's draft.
The next o-lineman picked in the 3rd round was Rutgers Jeremey Zuttah, who also offers versatility, but lacks the potential to play tackle like Greco has. Greco also has something else the Rams don't have in their current RT, a guy who won't quit or phone it in and someone who'll assume a leadership role on the unit. That's huge if you recall all the shit the Rams put up with from Terrell and his influence on Barron last season. They could have had Carl Nicks, from Nebraska, but he's got those character questions, and nobody's drafted him as I write this. Nicks has 2nd round talent.Linehan thinks he could play right away.
This figures to be a good pick for the Rams.
Now, about that second round...
That's the one that figures to be the most controversial, until Donnie Avery racks up some stats. It's a shocker to say the least, but consider something "Marmie is the best" points out about the Rams record with WRs:
Now check out who he compares to in his NFL.com profile:
Huh. Remember the guy doesn't have to hit home runs his first season; Holt and Bennett will be the main guys. If the coaching staff can develop that speed and route running ability to the Pro level, this could be a real diamond in the rough. But, right now, I think we're all seeing this as more akin to the Brian Leonard pick: he's good, but a second rounder?Ra