The NFL Draft is a wonderful time, it's the time when the talking heads and fans, can pretend like we are GM's and scout, or just say hell that player will be good. And just like the real GM's that we are all trying to emulate, we get stuff wrong.
But that's part of the excitement about the NFL Draft. When you're wrong, well hell everyone is, but when you're right, you have bragging rights, and can say you are one of the few, and that's always a great feeling.
It's hard to tell if a player will be good, because you don't know how hard he will work in the NFL. So with that being said, let's talk about the next Turf Show Times Roundtable topic.
Which rookie will have the most impact for the Rams? It's not the easiest question to answer, since the Rams are not only young, but they have a lot of talent. There were two players who got a lot of votes, and I bet one of them will surprise you. Anyway, let's get to it, after the jump.
K Greg "the leg" Zuerlein. I just don't think we can underestimate the value of this guy. We're going to be kicking a LOT of FG this season, and it's refreshing to see at least we'll have a phenominal range (remember the pooch punt in the niners game with Spags? We won't see that with GZ).
I wish I could say Brockers, but due to his injury, I'll go with Jenkins. If he can improve his tackling I expect BIG things from him in 2012. I think he gets better every game, and is going to make us all very happy he's a Ram. Get familiar with it - 'Jenkins' and 'pick six'
Rick Siegel @RSiegel81
Janoris Jenkins. By the end of the season, people will be talking about him contending for a spot on the pro bowl. He is the most talented cover cornerback to come out of college in the last 5 years. He has Cort on the other side, so he'll be going against the Titus Youngs of the world, rather than the Megatrons of the world. He will receive votes at the end of the year for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Assuming, of course, he doesn't blaze up a doobie and get kicked off the team.
Josh Wehrle @jmwehrle
Greg Zuerlein. He was a beast this season, and it's hard to imagine us scoring too many touchdowns, so he should get plenty of chances to show off his leg.
Joe Mazzi @Joe__Mazzi
As much as I hate to say it, I'm going with the kicker. Greg Zuerlein has looked like a freak, booting the type of field goals that would make the average place kicker rethink their career path. He will kick more field goals this year than the entire team will score touchdowns. He may kick more from 50+ yards out than anyone else in the league. If you're looking for a more exciting name in this category, however, Janoris Jenkins is the real deal.
Eddie P @iAmMrEddieP
My fantasy football kicker, Greg Z.
3K twitter @3k_
Janoris "The Florida Florist" Jenkins
Brandon Birkhead @birktothehead
Michael Brockers. He will be a huge help in stopping the run, the main weakness of the defense last season.
Although I mentioned Janoris before, I think that Michael Brockers is the man this year for biggest impact. A defensive line who has been mediocre at best will be the strength of this defense in 2012. The pieces are finally in place for a solid, ball breaking d-line. The edges are sealed with Quinn and Long, and the addition of Kendall Langford set the stage for the rookie to have a break out year. I look for Brockers to be in the running for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Janoris Jenkins - He's going to be an out and out star at corner back. His skill set was masked by off field glitches, and when he fell into the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Rams struck gold. He's going to have a ton of teams passing at him this season; a trial by fire he'll pass as the season goes along. I haven't seen a young CB transit from his back peddle to running coverage like he does since a guy named Deion Sanders. He'll turn into one of the best man-coverage CBs in the NFL within two years
Mike D dvond
He will finally add an exciting element to every game even though Sam will continue to under throw or misguide the deep ball