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Rams Went for High Character Guys in the 2011 Draft

Jeff Gordon today has a very good piece in the Post-Dispatch about how the Rams spent their 2011 draft picks on guys with high character, something they need knowing the issues knuckleheads bring to teams these days.

He (Steve Spagnuolo) doesn’t want unproductive developmental projects chosen primarily for their athletic build (Jacoby Shepherd) or speed (Trung Candidate). He doesn’t want players with massive baggage, like Claude Wroten, Richie Incognito and Claude Terrell.

The Rams have moved past those periods. This regime has weeded out most of the underachievers and assembled a much more diligent group.

James Laurinaitis is a leader. Chris Long is a leader. Veteran James Hall is a leader. Steven Jackson caught on and became a leader, too.

Sam Bradford proved to be a fast learner and leader. So did tackle Rodger Saffold, the team’s second pick from last season. The Rams staff hopes the latest draft picks will offer those same qualities and create an even more competitive training camp atmosphere.

Even the seventh-round picks in this draft will bring the attitude to camp. They are longshots to make it big in the NFL, but it sounds like they have ample drive.

Jonathan Nelson played some cornerback at Oklahoma, moved to safety and finished with a strong senior season. The Rams could use a strong cover safety, so he will have a shot at making this team.

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