St. Louis Rams: Predicting the Top 5 Impact Rookies for the Rams in 2012

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St. Louis Rams: Predicting the Top 5 Impact Rookies for the Rams in 2012
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Janoris Jenkins

The St. Louis Rams' 2012 NFL draft class ultimately garnered ten players after trading the No. 2 pick and the eventual rights to quarterback Robert Griffin III to the Washington Redskins for the No. 6 and No. 39 picks (plus their first rounder in 2013 and 2014) before parlaying the aforementioned sixth pick to the Dallas Cowboys for their No. 14 and No. 45 selections. 

When considering that St. Louis went 2-14 last season and needed a talent infusion, possess five players who were chosen by the first pick of round three and that their roster is currently the youngest in the league, it is even more imperative that the Rams get good production from a higher than normal number or rookies. 

With that said, it is not an easy task to project the five most impactful Rams rookies for 2012 when, during this particular season, there is a good chance that more than five rookies will be called upon to make solid contributions for St. Louis. 

Complicating matters further is that different people evaluate impact with different factors weighted in diverging manners. 

For example, some people overemphasize statistical production and numbers.  Some overlook special teams contributions.  Some are inclined to show bias towards offensive players while others have a greater appreciation for defensive players, or players at specific positions.  

Others overlook those whose names rarely show up in the box score, such as a left guard or a nose tackle, even though the impact there might be as vital to the team's overall success and optimal functioning as the running back who racked up 100 yards and made a Sportscenter highlight.

Considering all of that, it is no surprise that almost all of us will have a different order of players regarding their rookie impact for the Rams.  

I will slot my Rams rookie impact rankings based upon a blend of likely playing time, if the player projects as a starter, impact on team success and statistical output, among other things.

There is no special formula in use here, however, and all impact projections will be based upon a combination of my own expectations about each rookie, how likely it is they receive ample playing time to allow them to make their respective marks and how strongly I feel their corresponding contributions will be.

With all that said, my impact projections are as follows.

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