In the NFL, there is nothing lower than being a rookie. One minute, you are a college senior living the easy life, strutting around as the “Big Man On Campus.” And the next? To veterans, you are nothing more than what the cockroaches eat.
It’s never a good idea for an NFL team to rely on rookies. However, sometimes that team doesn’t have a choice. For the St. Louis Rams, the rookies are the first step in what will be a long rebuilding process from 15 combined wins over the last five seasons.
Consider for a moment that the team has a new faces everywhere from head coach to general manager and from offensive coordinator to strength coach. Even the defensive coordinator (or lack thereof) is a new concept for this team.
It only seems right that this Rams team should have more than its fair share of rookies filling big holes on the roster.
Head Coach Jeff Fisher and General Manager Les Snead were busy on draft day a few months ago wheeling and dealing picks. So the success of this rookie crop of players will probably be indicative of how the Snead-Fisher tenure at Rams Park will be remembered.
What should we expect statistically from this year’s rookie class? How many catches will Brian Quick make? How many tackles will Janoris Jenkins have?
With a look at the performance of rookies from past recent drafts, along with those players selected during Fisher’s coaching term in Tennessee, we can create an objective analysis of what you should expect from this year’s Rams' draft class.