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Draft Grades Are Dead – Long Live Draft Grades

No matter how meaningless they are, pundits and everyone from Sam at the butcher shop all put together their draft grades for each team one day after the draft.  These grades are less than meaningless, but yet we read them and continue to talk about them.

Yahoo! gives the Rams a B.

B. Smith should continue to get better and has the potential to be a rock on the offensive line for the next decade. Laurinaitis is the definition of consistent at middle linebacker. Fletcher could be a starter eventually. Null is big, has a strong arm and could stick as a long term developmental guy.

Mel Kiper gives the Rams a C.

If I were the Rams, I would have taken Mark Sanchez at the No. 2 spot(editor note: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!) , but I do like offensive tackle Jason Smith. Inside linebacker James Laurinaitis was a good selection in the second round. Cornerback Bradley Fletcher would’ve gone higher if he had better speed. There were better quarterbacks available in the sixth round, when they took Keith Null.

USA Today gives the Rams a C.

OT Jason Smith has that “can’t miss” aspect to him but there’s not much going on on that O-line between him on the left side and Alex Barron on the right. Smith replaces Orlando Pace. LB James Laurinaitis kept dropping and Rams got him with the 35th pick. If he plays better than he has been working out, he will help their porous run defense. His success may hinge on whether DT Dorell Scott can become a run-stopper and keep RBs from getting to the second level.

Fox Sports gives the Rams a B.

The Rams toyed with the idea of trading with the Jets, but didn’t believe the offered compensation justified their second pick in the first round. Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith should eventually become a left tackle and they passed on Rey Maualuga in order to draft Ohio State middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, a two-year captain with the Buckeyes. Laurinaitis should start immediately and he was taken over Maualuga because he actually can call the defense.

The Rams went for defense in Iowa cornerback Bradley Fletcher and Clemson nose tackle Dorell Scott, who has some quickness. Scott was a three-year starter and collected 31 tackles for losses to go along with seven sacks.

MJD at Yahoo! Sports averages out the picks all over the web and gives the Rams a C+.


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