2012 NFL Draft: 10 Players the St. Louis Rams Should Watch in Day 2
Well, the first day of the 2012 NFL draft is history.
Whether you love or hate the Michael Brockers pick at No. 14 overall, you can't argue that the St. Louis Rams stuck to their draft board and selected a player worthy of the pick. Also, it's hard to hate the extra second-round pick they acquired from Dallas.
The Rams will have four picks during Day 2, including three second-rounders—No. 33, No. 39 and No. 45.
As a result, they'll still have a shot at adding some offensive weapons. And make no mistake, that's exactly what the fanbase is expecting.
In fact, this article will almost ignore defensive players completely, because if the Rams take a defensive lineman at No. 33, it will force every Rams fan in the country to vomit out of disgust.
So here are 10 players the Rams should be watching on Day 2.
Stephen Hill, WR (Georgia Tech)
Without a doubt, wide receiver Stephen Hill has to be the fan favorite for the Rams' No. 33 overall pick.
Hill was not overly productive at Georgia Tech, but he had solid stats considering he was in a run-first offense. He only had 28 catches in 2011, but they was for 820 yards and five touchdowns, which results in an absolute jaw-dropping 29.3 yards per catch.
But his on-field play isn't the only thing enticing about him. He absolutely dominated the NFL combine after weighing in at 6'4" and 215 pounds and running the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds.
Missing out on Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd was unfortunate, to say the least, but Hill would be a hell of a consolation prize.
Peter Konz, C (Nebraska)
The Rams signed 2011 Pro Bowler Scott Wells to replace Jason Brown at center, so it doesn't make a lot of sense to take another center in the second round.
However, the Rams still have a need for a left guard. If they feel Peter Konz can play the position in a pinch, then they could use a pick on him.
Konz may be the best interior offensive lineman left on the board, so the Rams may be willing to overlook his position.
Jonathan Martin, T (Stanford)
Jonathan Martin was thought of as a possible top-10 pick early on in the draft process. He was widely considered the second-best tackle behind only Matt Kalil.
Jeff Fisher is seemingly satisfied with the two young tackles already on the roster (Rodger Saffold, Jason Smith), so there's a chance that he doesn't consider the position much of a need.
But if Fisher feels that Martin is talented enough to start in Week 1, he may pull the trigger and slide Smith to left guard.
LaMichael James, RB (Oregon)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded back into the first round and drafted Doug Martin at No. 31 overall, so there are few (if any) top-tier running backs remaining who are capable of carrying a full workload.
So as far as finding Steven Jackson's eventual successor...that will have to wait.
There are, however, a few remaining situational backs who can add some pop to the offense in a part-time role.
LaMichael James is one of those guys.
At 5'8" and 198 pounds, James is too small to succeed as a featured back. Although, he would be a great weapon for the Rams' offense on third downs.
James is very explosive and capable of scoring on any given play. That's exactly what the Rams need if they want to fix their inept offense.
Coby Fleener, TE (Stanford)
Coby Fleener was Andrew Luck's go-to-guy at Stanford in 2011. He caught 34 passes for 667 yards and 10 touchdowns.
It was highly unlikely that Fleener would be available in Round 2, but the Rams now have a shot at him.
At 6'6" and 247 pounds, Fleener would provide quarterback Sam Bradford with a dangerous red-zone threat, which is something Bradford sorely missed last season.
Alshon Jeffery, WR (South Carolina)
Alshon Jeffery got a bad reputation for being lazy and unmotivated. But before the bad press took a toll on him, he was challenging Justin Blackmon to be the top receiver of the draft.
Obviously, there's some truth to the negative rumors, or else he wouldn't have slipped into the second round.
While it's certainly a risky pick, it's one that could potentially have a huge payoff.
Over the last two seasons, Jeffery has picked up 2,279 yards and 17 touchdowns. And his size (6'3", 216 pounds) provides the Rams with a big target in their receiving corps.
Janoris Jenkins, CB (North Alabama)
As far as character issues are concerned, Janoris Jenkins is the most disturbing player in the entire draft. But as far as raw talent, Jenkins is right up there with Morris Claiborne.
Jenkins is a gamble, but if Fisher can keep him under control, then he'll team up with Cortland Finnegan to form a pair of dominant corners.
Rueben Randle, WR (Louisiana State University)
If the Rams pass on Stephen Hill at No. 33 overall, then there's a good chance that they can still land Rueben Randle with their No. 39 pick.
Randle isn't the same physical specimen as Hill, but he still has solid size (6'3", 210 pounds) and was very productive for LSU last season after racking up 917 yards and eight touchdowns.
Between Randle, Hill and Jeffery, there's no excuse for the Rams if they exit Round 2 without a promising receiver.
Cordy Glenn, T (Georgia)
Cordy Glenn was widely expected to be a first-round draft pick, possibly even a top-15 pick, but he surprisingly slipped into the second round.
In fact, if the Rams are planning on drafting the highest rated player on their draft board regardless of the player's position, there's a good chance that Glenn could be that guy.
To sweeten the deal, Glenn has some flexibility and can play either tackle or guard.
Lamar Miller, RB (Miami)
Lamar Miller was a first-round possibility, but he probably belongs in the second round.
In fact, he's probably a poor option for the Rams at No. 33 or No. 39 overall, but he could be a promising option for their No. 45 pick.
Miller is likely too small (5'11", 212 pounds) to carry the ball more than 15 times a game, but he has incredible agility and would be an excellent change of pace back behind Steven Jackson.