For the Rams, the first round pick is easy, relatively, because the choice most likely comes down to Curry or an OT, with an outside shot at DT B.J. Raji or WR Michael Crabtree. But the second round pick - the third pick in the round thanks to an arrangement worked out based on the equally crummy records of the Missouri-based teams - is a tough one. Why?
That pick is high enough that the Rams need to draft a player who can start or at least see significant playing time in his rookie year, depending on the player's position, on his way to becoming a stalwart in the lineup going forward. Easier said than done. Since 2000, only three Rams second round draft picks have become important contributors: Tinoisamoa, 2003; Ron Bartell, 2005; and Donnie Avery, 2008.
The team is certainly covering their bases for that pick, and the potential second rounders they've worked out include: CBs Sean Smith, Mike MIckens, WR Derrick Williams, and have reportedly been impressed with DT Ziggy Hood.
Today comes news that they've scheduled a private workout with Utah DE/OLB Paul Kruger.
Team workout lots of player they don't draft, so don't read too much into who the Rams have and who they have not worked out or met with over the course of the spring. It is worth pointing out that I haven't seen reports of the Rams working out potential second round OTs like Phil Loadholt, Eben Britton, William Beatty, or Jamon Meredith, guys that would probably start right away at RT. There's still plenty of time between now and the draft to get to know these guys though.
One more thought on the Rams second round pick. One scenario worth keeping in mind is the possibility of the team trading up into the lower part of the first round, a move that would probably include swapping their second round pick and possibly other, later picks or players. Something to think about....