2012 NFL Draft: 5 Players the Rams Should Target at the Top of the 4th Round

David HeebCorrespondent IApril 27, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 29:  Eric Samuels #22 of the Vanderbilt Commodores draws a facemask penalty as he tackles Jarius Wright #4 of the Arkansas Razorbacks during play at Vanderbilt Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. Arkansas won 31-28.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Rams are busy filling roster holes, and so far I'd give them an A "plus, plus, plus" for what they've done in the 2012 NFL draft.

For a team with so many glaring weaknesses, they have really cashed in with their original No. 2 overall pick.

They turned that one draft pick into the following picks in 2012: No. 14 (Michael Brockers, DT, LSU), No. 39 (Janoris Jenkins, CB, LSU), No. 50 (Isiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati) and No. 150 (TBD).

In addition, they received the Redskins' first-round pick in 2013 and 2014. That is how you turn around a terrible franchise in a hurry, assuming you make those picks count.

So what needs do the Rams address next? Here are five players I think the Rams should look at with their fourth-round pick, No. 96 overall.


Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas

Wright is only 5'9", but he is an elusive player capable of taking it to the house with every touch of the football. He is explosive, and would present the Rams with a dangerous slot player.

I know Danny Amendola currently occupies that spot for the Rams, but I am a big fan of Wright's game. I think the Rams should give him a serious look with their next pick. 

Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami

Streeter is 6'5", and he runs a sub 4.40 in the 40. He seemingly came out of nowhere as a junior and has been steadily rising up draft boards. I'd give Streeter a big edge over Wright because of his size, but Wright has four years of steady production on the field that outweighs the "measurables" that Streeter brings to the table.

Streeter would be a bit of a project, but can you imagine Streeter (6'5", blazing fast) lined up on one side, with Brian Quick (6'4", who the Rams took with the No. 33 overall pick) lined up on the other side?

Sam Bradford wouldn't mind that, not at all!

Bobbie Massie, OT, Ole Miss

Massie is huge (6'6", 318 pounds), and he has a lot of experience. Massie carried an early second-round grade according to some draft sites, so it's hard to figure out how he slipped all the way to the fourth round.

Maybe there is a red flag that we don't know about, but after watching Sam Bradford get the heck beat out of him last year, this wouldn't be a terrible pick. Massie could develop into a starting tackle at some point, and if you can get a starting tackle with a fourth-round pick, you do it, period.


Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma

Lewis would step into the starting lineup immediately, making this a tremendous value pick for the Rams. Lewis is a 6'2", 237-pound linebacker who was very productive at the University of Oklahoma. Most people thought he'd be gone by now, so again, if you can add a starter with a fourth-round pick, it would be a great move for the Rams to make.


Nigel Bradham, OLB, Florida State

Bradham is a thumper. At 6'2", 240 pounds, he can really cover a lot of ground with his terrific speed. He delivers some big hits, and he looks like a player with a tremendous amount of upside.

I think Bradham would be a solid pick here, as he could start for the Rams. Again, if they can add a starter, it would be a great pick.


Final Analysis

The Rams need to try to find a way to help Sam Bradford with this pick. If either of the receivers is a good fit, I'd love to see the Rams continue to help make Bradford's life a little easier.