By Abe Munch
1st- Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
2nd- Lance Kendricks, TE, Wisconsin
3rd- Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State
4th- Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii
5th- Jermale Hines, S, Ohio State
7th- Mikail Baker, CB, Baylor
7th- Jabara Williams, LB, Stephen F. Austin
7th- Jonathan Nelson, CB, Oklahoma
Synopsis: The Rams wanted to give their young quarterback weapons in order for him to reach his full potential. The Rams also needed a more physical presence in their secondary with the loss of starting safety O.J. Atogwe. Overall depth in the defensive front seven was also a goal.
Best Selection: Austin Pettis. I really liked Pettis during evaluation. I feel that his abilities translate to the NFL better than his more publicized teammate Titus Young. He won’t drop many passes, uses his size well, and has good RAC ability.
Biggest Risk: Robert Quinn. Quinn must’ve been the highest player on St. Louis’ board because they were very productive from the edge last season with James Hall (10.5 sacks) and Chris Long (8.5 sacks). Quinn was very inconsistent during the 2009 season (played big against lesser competition) and missed the entire 2010 season. There are also questions about his ability to stay healthy after medical checks in Indianapolis.
Sleeper: Jermale Hines. Hines has the size and straight line speed you want in a strong safety, but still has room to grow. If Hines is able to reach his ceiling he should be an asset in the Rams secondary over the next few years.
I liked that the Rams came into the draft with a plan to make Sam Bradford a better quarterback. Austin Pettis and Greg Salas can create math-up problems along with Mark Clayton, Danny Amendola and Lance Kendricks.