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Is Michael Brockers really the guy to change the team's fortunes?
I've been somewhat hard on the Rams' draft, even though I was hoping they would have a great weekend.
An improved Rams squad is a good thing for the NFC West.
My negative reviews are predicated on the belief that Morris Claiborne will be an elite defender and Michael Brockers won't. Should either of those turn out differently, I'll owe the Rams and their fans an apology.
Regardless, the trade with the Dallas Cowboys hurt their momentum. The Rams need some quantity, but they won't get back to being a winner by not grabbing quality players. They could have a limited window at the top of the draft with easy access to elite prospects and they gave this chance away for very little compensation.
My list of pre-draft needs for the Rams started with acquiring more picks. From there, they needed help at wide receiver, defensive tackle, cornerback, free safety and offensive line. They also needed depth at running back and in the secondary, along with adding a punter.
They hit most every area, but did come up short on the offensive line and possibly free safety. I also am not convinced with taking a kicker.
For a complete summary of their picks and trades, please visit the team-specific article, St. Louis Rams 2012 NFL Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis.
Round 1: Rams trade with Washington
Grade: A (only because there is no higher grade)
Round 1: Rams trade with Dallas
Grade: D, and a big dent in the positive momentum
Round 1: Rams draft Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Round 2: Rams draft Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
Round 2: Rams draft Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Grade: A (so long as he can stay out of trouble.)
Round 2: Rams trade with Bears
Round 2: Rams select Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati
Round 3: Rams select Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana
Round 4: Rams select Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
Round 5: Rams traded pick for Brandon Lloyd
Round 5: Rams select Rokevious Watkins, OL, South Carolina
Round 6: Rams select Greg Zuerlein, K, Missouri Western
Round 7: Rams select Aaron Brown, LB, Hawaii
Round 7: Rams select Daryl Richardson, RB, Abilene Christian
Overall Draft Grade: B-
The overall grade is a bit rough, as they appeared to do very little in Rounds 5-7 even though the 49ers and Cardinals added great players at similar positions in these rounds. If the Rams can make the most of their two first-round picks in 2013 and 2014, it will turn the tide of this draft.