5 Players St. Louis Rams Should Target on Day 3
The St. Louis Rams entered Day 2 of the draft without a second-round pick, but that didn't prevent Les Snead and Jeff Fisher from making noise.
Armed with a pair of third-round picks, St. Louis managed to secure two talents capable of helping out immediately—safety T.J. McDonald (USC) and wide receiver Stedman Bailey (West Virginia).
McDonald is stiff in coverage but plays with the intensity that Fisher loves, while Bailey is a sure-handed target who will pair up with his West Virginia teammate, Tavon Austin, whom the Rams selected No. 8 overall Friday evening.
But let's not forget that Chris Givens, Greg Zuerlein and Daryl Richardson were all added on the third day of the draft a year ago and all made an impact in 2012, so the action is far from over.
With that in mind, here are five available players the Rams are surely eyeballing.
C/G/T Barrett Jones, Alabama
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Center Scott Wells is 32 years old and missed nine starts in 2012, while St. Louis' backup center Rob Turner was lost in free agency.
Considering that Jake Long, Rodger Saffold, Rok Watkins and Wells have a combined injury history that is downright frightening, the Rams could certainly use an insurance policy.
The versatile Barrett Jones can play virtually any position on the line and is a great value pick in the fourth or fifth round.
Jones can compete with Watkins for the starting left guard position and can provide solid depth behind Wells at center.
LB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
The Rams used a first-round pick on Gerogia's Alec Ogletree, so the team's need for a linebacker has been satisfied since entering the draft.
However, the Rams could still benefit from another linebacker for depth purposes, and Khaseem Greene is a great value considering he was graded as high as a second-rounder entering the draft.
At 241 pounds, Greene can replace James Laurinaitis in the middle in the event of an injury, while he's versatile enough to slide outside if needed.
In the meantime, he'd be an excellent contributor on special teams.
S Bacarri Rambo, Georgia
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The Rams added T.J. McDonald in the third round, but they were in need of two starting safeties entering the draft, so keep an eye on Bacarri Rambo in Round 4.
Rambo was frequently thought of as a second- or third-round pick in the months leading up to draft, which makes his availability somewhat of a blessing for St. Louis.
Whereas McDonald struggles in coverage and recorded just one interception in 2012, Rambo has great ball skills and picked off 16 passes throughout his collegiate career.
If the Rams add Rambo, it would be the best of both worlds.
Not to mention, the name "Rambo" is beyond badass and totally fits the new persona of the St. Louis Rams defense.
T Chris Faulk, LSU
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Rodger Saffold is in the final year of his contract and may not be anxious to return considering he was booted from his left tackle position in favor of Jake Long.
If Saffold decides to depart, or if he flat out struggles on the right side, the Rams will need a backup plan.
The premiere offensive line talent is obviously gone by Round 4, but it's not too late to secure a high-upside project such as Chris Faulk.
Faulk will have to wait a year on the bench before he's trusted with playing time, but he could certainly soften the blow of losing Saffold.
RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
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Many fans demand immediate results out of draft picks, but it's also important to think about long-term investments.
If Marcus Lattimore is truly as talented as prospects such as Adrian Peterson and Trent Richardson coming out of college, would it not make sense to gamble on Lattimore in Round 4?
Even if the coaches force him to sit for a year to ensure full recovery, the boost he could provide in 2014 and beyond may be well worth it.
With Steven Jackson out of the picture, the Rams could certainly use an every-down back capable of running with heart and grit.
Lattimore fits the description.