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How’d The Rams Do On Draft Weekend?

The Rams stuck to their boards and their grades and filled out a lot of the many needs they had.

In the first round, the Rams got a starter at either tackle spot in Jason Smith.  He should be starting at RT in his rookie season, but should move the LT in his sophmore season assuming Alex Barron moves along from the Rams.  Smith is tenacious and has the nasty streak in the run game that Steven Jackson already appreciates.

In the second round, the Rams got a starter at MLB from day 1, that should solidify the Rams linebacking corps in James Laurinitis.  Laurinitis might not be the physical specimen stats wise – he ran a slowish 40 among other things.  But, he is simply a football player and he is always at the ball, making or assisting on a tackle.  He is the type of blue collar player the Rams fans love.

In the third round, the Rams got a contributor at CB with Bradley Fletcher out of Iowa.  He’s a raw corner with the size and speed to cover the high-flying WRs in the NFC West.  He should battle for the nickel corner slot in 2009 and could be a starter beyond 2010.

In the fourth round, the Rams selected a NT out of Clemson, Dorell Scott.  He’s got the size and speed to be a star on the defensive line.  However, he has had some consistency and motivation issues.  He should step right into the Rams defensive line rotation and could be more if Spagnuolo can find a way to motivate him.

In the fifth round, the Rams selected Brooks Foster WR out of UNC.  Foster has good size and speed and probably will start on special teams for the Rams in 2009.

In the sixth round, the Rams selected Keith Null, QB out of West Texas A&M.  He has a live arm who had great production at WT A&M, although it was a lower level of competition.  He’s big and strong although immobile.  However, he was mentored by Ryan Leaf at West Texas A&M.

In the seventh round, the Rams picked running back Chris Ogbonnaya out of Texas with their last pick of the draft.  Ogbonnaya didn’t start at Texas until his senior year.  He was outrushed by QB Colt McCoy, but was able to catch a lot of passes.  He played a lot of posistions and has a lot of versatility.  He should vie for backup duties behind Steven Jackson.

All in all the Rams filled a lot of their needs and we shall see how the kids turn out!

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