The NFL Draft is always full of surprises, but this year will throw more shots up than Kobe against the Nuggets. But one thing is for sure. After last year's fiasco, the first two teams in this year's draft need to set the tone a little better than last year's first two teams. So did they set the tone, or did they leave everyone ready to riot?
After the Dolphins selected Darren McFadden out of Arkansas with the first pick, the St. Louis Rams were on the clock. Five positions needed to be addressed this weekend: OL, DL, WR, LB, & CB. With their first pick, the Rams fill one of those needs in a major way.
With that being said, the Rams wasted no time in getting someone that proved that he can be just as dangerous at the next level as he has been while in the SEC.
If you don't believe that, just ask Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow over at Florida.
So with their first pick/the second pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select: Glenn Dorsey, defensive tackle from LSU.
At 6'2" and 316 pounds, Dorsey didn't move like a guy who weighed 300 pounds during his tenure with the National Champion LSU Tigers. Dorsey became the first player in school history to snag four major defensive awards (Nagurski, Lombardi, Outland, and Lott Trophies) all in one season (2007). But his play on the field is why the Rams will fill the whole left by injury and age on the defensive line first.
Dorsey has everyone reminiscing about the old school Warren Sapp and a former Tiger, Anthony McFarland. Dorsey is versatile and proved that he can play either left tackle or right tackle, all while snagging 179 tackles (83 solo), 27 TFL, seven quarterback pressures, and 13 sacks. Pretty impressive for a guy who scouts have told the top 10 teams in the draft to avoid.
The Rams could lean towards picking Jake Long, offensive tackle from Michigan to help Marc Bulger stay off the ground a lot more. The offensive line, like the D-Line, is plagued by injury and age, which would have the Rams going either way with their first pick. If they take Dorsey, there is a good possibility that Long will not be there. If they take Long, Dorsey will definitely be gone by the time their second pick rolls around in the second round.
There is also the chance that head coach Scott Linehan will go after California wideout DeSean Jackson to fill the void that Isaac Bruce has departed for the enemy. Let's put this as nicely as possible: The Rams need to focus on the rebuilding of the lines, then focus on the receiving corps and defense.
The Rams have nine picks in this year's draft, and they intend to fill all five necessary spots of interest. Grabbing Dorsey with the second pick is a good thing and a bad thing mainly because Jackson and Long will most likely be gone by the time the 33rd pick comes back around. The benefit of their first six picks is this: They get the second pick in the 1st-6th rounds.
After that, the remaining three picks can be spent on filling more holes on the offensive and defensive lines. There are a barrage of talented linemen that will still be available after their first second pick. They need to concentrate on getting their lines back to the dominance that once ruled over the NFC West.
This is why either Dorsey or Long would be a good selection. But in case they do go with Long with that first second pick, they can grab a guy who is just as good as Dorsey as he proved last season against Ohio State.
In case you've been under a rock, I'm not talking about Michigan. I'm talking about Derrick Harvey from Florida.