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  • #76
    yea hate to see us trade our pick that ended up be JaQuizz Rodgers, a 2 Headed Beaver Back With Speed in Power, Oh Well, hopefully we can still get a solid RB but I don't see many in these late rounds

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    • #77
      Originally posted by freebirdsrams02 View Post
      Not the best trade in the world. I thought they might go with Rogers at RB.

      What about Ross Homan the OLB out of Ohio St. He could be a good fit.
      Right school, wrong player. :)

      I'm really intrigued by this Hines pick. Hines strikes me as the kind of guy you could line up as a hybrid LB/S in a nickel package and do a variety of things for you. Should help on special teams as well. Solid situational guy who could find a role in sub packages on this defense.

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      • #78
        So with the draft almost over and it looks like the Rams are not going to get the back up RB that they need. What possible Free Agents can you guys see the Rams going after. Reggie Bush?


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        • #79
          wonder what we do with our 3 picks in the 7th

          I would be fine with drafting a RB, DT, LB, or OL

          (#216): Mikail Baker CB/Baylor
          (#228): Jabara Williams LB/Stephen F. Austin
          (#229): Jonathan Nelson S/Oklahoma
          Last edited by KCJ58; 04-30-2011, 06:24 PM.

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          • #80
            Originally posted by freebirdsrams02 View Post
            So with the draft almost over and it looks like the Rams are not going to get the back up RB that they need. What possible Free Agents can you guys see the Rams going after. Reggie Bush?
            Still a couple of possibilities on the board, but yeah, it's disappointing that yet again they haven't made a better effort to address this spot.

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            • #81
              Originally posted by NGSeiler View Post
              Still a couple of possibilities on the board, but yeah, it's disappointing that yet again they haven't made a better effort to address this spot.

              Yeah I am just throwing it out there, since they never come up with a RB in an early round. We took the kid from Texas a few years ago in the 7th and he has done nothing.

              I am hoping they go after a OLB like Herzlich with one of thier 7th rounders and maybe a OG or CB.


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              • #82
                Originally posted by KCJ58 View Post
                wonder what we do with our 3 picks in the 7th

                I would be fine with drafting a RB, DT, LB, or OL

                (#216)
                (#228)
                (#229)
                Ive got the same wants. Maybe Mark Herzlich, Derrick Locke, and Martin Parker

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                • #83
                  I like the position. Not sure about the pick. I cannot find him on any list of CBs.


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                  • #84
                    7th round selections:

                    (#216): Mikail Baker CB/Baylor
                    (#228): Jabara Williams LB/Stephen F. Austin
                    (#229): Jonathan Nelson S/Oklahoma

                    there all from the texas/oklahoma pipeline

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                    • #85
                      I like the seventh rounders. All have some potential. Baker has some decent KR skills. Jabara Williams can be thrown into the mix at weakside competition and be a good special teams guy. Nelson seems like a high class person who has a chance to be a good converted safety with that work ethic.

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                      • #86
                        I realize it's almost impossible to grade a draft this early, but we wasted a ton of picks based off of the value available. Heading into next season I see us with one impact player (Quinn). Rounds 2-4 saw us take three receivers (Kendricks, Pettis, Halas). Other than TE can you honestly say we upgraded? Who does Pettis and Halas upgrade on...Clayton? Avery? Alexander? Amedola? Gibson? Robison? Gilyard? IMO we just wasted two more picks on WR3 or 4 recivers. I'd grade Quinn an A, but other than that I wouldn't grade a single pick above a C+.

                        And for the record I said we should have taken Ryan Kalil over Brian Leonard and Desean Jackson over Donnie Avery. Very disappointed in the Rams draft. Stephen Paea, Mason Foster, and Kendall Hunter would have been much better.

                        I'll give this staff the benefit of the doubt, but I'm being reminded of the mid-2000's with this one. Very little to appreciate other than Quinn.

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                        • #87
                          Salas I loved, I like the Quinn pick, the rest all scream "meh" to me. What really really annoys me, is the depth in 3rd down backs in this draft in the later rounds seemed good on paper, and we completely ignored it. That's possibly annoyed me more than Fridays picks.

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                          • #88
                            Originally posted by tfry View Post
                            Other than TE can you honestly say we upgraded?
                            Absolutely.

                            The Rams did not fill their more glaring hole for a #1-type receiver, though truth be told, they didn't really have a shot at one with Green/Jones gone in the Top Six.

                            But what they did find was a pair of athletic receivers with size who are actually going to catch what's thrown at them. When your team ranked near the top of the league in passes dropped, finding more reliable targets who will help sustain drives by bringing in the football is an upgrade.

                            If Pettis and Salas prove to be dependable targets in the passing game, then they'll be upgrades over guys like Gibson, Robinson, and Alexander, who had some key drops for the team this season, as well as a guy like Gilyard who couldn't even get onto the field at times.


                            Originally posted by Beano View Post
                            Salas I loved, I like the Quinn pick, the rest all scream "meh" to me. What really really annoys me, is the depth in 3rd down backs in this draft in the later rounds seemed good on paper, and we completely ignored it. That's possibly annoyed me more than Fridays picks.
                            That was a bit disappointing. The way the Rams explain it, the running backs were never the best value on their board when their pick came up, and they were not going to reach to fill a need. Generally that's a philosophy I agree with.

                            The frustrating thing is we only have access to our own fan draft board, so we might think there is value there and the Rams might not based on their evaluations. Their board might be different. For instance, fans are upset the Rams passed on Mason Foster, yet who knows where the Rams had him. Pro Football Weekly had him in the fifth round on their draft value chart, so you just never know.

                            Since the value was not there during the draft, it's an area I'd expect the Rams to go after in free agency, whenever that occurs. And maybe they do it by going after some of the guys that would have been UDFA targets right after the draft, but a veteran should be in the mix as well.

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                            • #89
                              I could accept that, if it hadn't seemed like every other team around us felt differently. Now maybe our FO know something more than we do, but so many teams around us found the value on some of these RB's more than good enough to take, and some (Falcons springs straight to mind) I would argue had much less of a need than us at grabbing help in the backfield.

                              I also think Austin Pettis' hands are overrated, but that is mainly down to the horror show that was his performance against Nevada. In fact, it made Alexanders issues in the Seattle game look acceptable.

                              I'm going to stand by my "meh", and hope come September they change my mind.

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                              • #90
                                I think we need to keep in mind that, based on the list of runners the Rams brought in for pre-draft visits, the team didn't appear to be interested in the smaller change of pace backs. Which makes sense if you look at the guys McDaniels favored in Denver (5'10" to 6'0" 'backs that weighed 210-220+ lbs). If you think they should have been, that's another discussion, but let's proceed under their mindset.

                                So with that in the back of our heads, where was the great value at RB that the Rams passed up? Should they have passed on a potential starting tight end to draft a back-up like Leshoure or Vereen in round two? Should they have reached for Alex Green in round three? Delone Carter or Bilal Powell in round four?

                                None of these guys strikes me as such amazing value that not taking them is mind-blowing. If you're willing to consider these smaller change of pace guys, then I'm right there with you wondering why we didn't look at Kendall Hunter in the fourth or Derrick Locke with any pick. But it's entirely possible - if not probable based on the pre-draft visits - that those guys just don't fit what McDaniels' offense calls for.

                                Now, having said all that, if the Rams think they can go into 2011 with Kenneth Darby and Keith Toston as the back-ups again this season, I think that's absolutely the wrong way to go. Having missed out on running backs in the draft, the Rams need to come out in free agency and sign a veteran runner capable of taking 5-7 carries a game off of Steven Jackson's plate so that #39 doesn't wear himself down and possibly get himself hurt. A fresher Steven Jackson is going to be a positive for this offense.

                                If the Rams weren't satisfied with the options available to them when they made their picks in the draft, then they'd better find someone available in the free agent market to fill that role.
                                Last edited by NGSeiler; 05-01-2011, 03:29 PM.

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