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Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead made a number of "high-risk" bets in the 2012 draft, and in Jeff Fisher's first season, it's safe to say that most of them were successful.
Rams rookie CB Janoris Jenkins was a player I had been singing the praises of since the 2012 Senior Bowl. Any time a prospect tells you how he contained A.J. Green and Julio Jones (as a college senior) in the same conversation, it raises your eyebrows.
Still, it's a risk to draft guys with criminal records and/or publicly noted, perceived transgressions of character.
Jeff Fisher wanted a filthy defensive backfield.
That is what it takes to win the NFC West. So he drafted a pair cornerbacks in his first year who shared one characteristic outside of smack-talking mirror skills that make Titus Young punch people, according to NFL.com.
Both Janoris Jenkins, according to ESPN, and Trumaine Johnson according to Pro Football Weekly, were tasered by law enforcement officials during college.
Add in Cortland Finnegan, whose exact personality Fisher surely knew from their shared time in Tennessee, and you get an idea of the identity he was seeking.
Step one is to build on that. There are two picks in the first round that must go toward offense, but a key through the middle rounds will be building defensively, hopefully landing mean-spirited safeties like South Carolina's D.J. Swearinger. He would fit right in.
Step two is the first-round picks. Last season, two risky players were taken at WR: Brian Quick, a small-school prospect from Appalachian State who couldn't run routes, and Chris Givens, a well-known dogger of physical crossing routes at Wake Forest. Both were risky in their own way.
Givens turned out to be one of the league's top three rookie wide receivers, while Quick is still clearly in development mode.
Sam Bradford's time is now, and it is high time the St. Louis Rams performed like a team that has a franchise quarterback and surrounding cast. The organization needs to provide Bradford with more weapons.
The team should take a fairly refined wide receiver like UC's Keenan Allen or Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert.
Step three is drafting Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long. If Long is available in the second round, the Rams have to take him. He has a strong personality, typical of the Long family, and his brother, Rams defensive end Chris Long, would provide a welcome familial chaperoning of sorts into the professional ranks.
Long simply looks and acts like a member of this uber-athletic Hall of Fame family, and scouts drool over him. He is generally projected as a guard because his arms are a bit shorter than desired for an NFL tackle, but he can play tackle, as he showed in the Senior Bowl.
This kind of versatile piece along the line needs to get on board, especially if there's a family connection in a general area of need.
Give Bradford the keys and go.