Taking a look at the here and now is exactly what the Rams should do, in that Jenkins was a Pro-Bowler last year and played 16 games, the Rams are as tough as a 15 year old crippled chihuahua on the line, especially the DT spot, and draft picks are by and large overrated. I have heard rumors that the Giants are talking about giving a late 2nd day pick for Jenkins. I would be fine if the Rams even traded their 3rd rounder to get him, hell I'd trade our 2nd personally. Best case scenario is that we get a Pro-Bowler who immediately solidifies the defensive line and defense. Worst case scenario is he is always getting hurt and doesn't do much for us. But let's just take a look at our 3rd round picks since 1999 and see just how valuable those picks really are. 1999 Rich Coady- Got occassional special teams time and never did much on defense; 2000 John St.Clair- We have all witnessed him yelling, "LOOK OUT!!!" repeatedly to the sorry soul he was blocking for; 2001 Brian Allen- Ummm, who?; 2002 Eric Crouch- Rams career consisted of, "Hey everyone, welp, see ya later."; 2002 Lamar Gordon- You can't just find RB's like this guy everyday, wait, yeah you can; 2003 Kevin Curtis- Just a great pick; 2004 Tony Hargrove- Boom or bust pick and now that we have waisted a 3rd rounder on him we gain a 5th rounder by trading him, safe to say that means bust; 2005 Richie Incognito- Took a little while for him to get healthy and crack the squad, but appears to be a force to be reckoned with for years to come; 2005 Oshiomogho Atogwe- Sky looks to be the limit for him, a ball-hawking safety; 2006 Dominque Byrd- DUI and arrest machine, likely to be cut or on the practice squad, will never amount to anything; 2006 Claude Wroten and Jon Alston- Too early to tell. So basically there are 10 of them who we can make judgements on right now. Seven of them (Coady, St.Clair, Allen, Crouch, Gordon, Hargrove, and Byrd) have done nothing or next to nothing for the Rams or anyone for that matter, while three appear to be very solid players with Atogwe and Incognito having the potential to be among the best at their position and Curtis a solid number 2 and excellent number 3 WR. None have been Pro-Bowlers.
So when it's all said and done we are looking at the best case possibility of adding a Pro-Bowl DT which would immediately solidify the D-line and defense, and the worst case scenario of losing a 3rd round pick and Jenkins getting hurt early and often while contributing very little. Well when 7 of your last 10 3rd round pick have contributed nothing or very little, while only 3 actually became something, I think that you have to take a chance on trading a draft pick for a guy like Jenkins.
I am done arguing, until somebody says something stupid.
Last edited by nfrillman : 04-09-2007 at 11:36 PM.