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St. Louis Rams' 2014 Draft: The Good, the Bad and the Baffling

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterMay 10, 2014

St. Louis Rams' 2014 Draft: The Good, the Bad and the Baffling

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    With the 2014 NFL draft in the books, we will be taking a look at all 11 of the St. Louis Rams draft picks. Some were good, some were bad and some were downright baffling. But that's the beauty of the NFL. General spectators, media members and NFL teams all have a different perspective on the draft.

    Let's take a look at all 11 draftees and the respective categories they each fall into.

List of All 2014 Draft Selections

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    Here's a complete look at who became a member of the Rams over the last three days: 

     

    Greg Robinson, OL (first round, No. 2 overall)

    Aaron Donald, DT (first round, No. 13 overall)

    Lamarcus Joyner, CB (second round, No. 41 overall)

    Tre Mason, RB (third round, No. 75 overall)

    Maurice Alexander, SS (fourth round, No. 110 overall)

    E.J. Gaines, CB (sixth round, No. 188 overall) 

    Garrett Gilbert, QB (sixth round, No. 214 overall)

    Mitchell Van Dyk, OT (seventh, No. 226 overall)

    C.B. Bryant, FS (seventh round, No. 241 overall)

    Michael Sam, DE (seventh round, No. 249 overall)

    Demetrius Rhaney, OC (seventh round, No. 250 overall)

The Good

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    Here's a look at the picks we liked:

     

    Greg Robinson, OL (first round, No. 2 overall)

    The Greg Robinson pick wasn't necessarily a sexy one at No. 2 overall, but it was the right one. Even though the Rams added Jake Long prior to the 2013 season and re-signed offensive guard Rodger Saffold in 2014, St. Louis felt Robinson has the potential to be the next Orlando Pace. 

    If that sentiment ends up ringing true, Rams fans are in for a real treat. Robinson will immediately upgrade St. Louis' rushing attack at left guard with the hopes of him eventually transitioning to left tackle after the team moves on from Long.

     

    Aaron Donald, DT (first round, No. 13 overall)

    Despite having three first-round defensive linemen already, Jeff Fisher and Les Snead ran to the podium and added their fourth. Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald may be a bit undersized (6'1", 285 lbs), yet that doesn't mean he won't play larger than life. Why? Because that's all he did in college.

    Over the course of his four-year collegiate career, Donald tallied 29.5 quarterback sacks, 66 tackles for loss and 181 total tackles. He should have a good opportunity to replicate those numbers for the Rams as he will play the 3-technique position next to Michael Brockers.

    Even if the defensive tackle position wasn't a position of need, this was a great value pick for St. Louis at No. 13.

     

    Lamarcus Joyner, CB (second round, No. 41 overall)

    When Cortland Finnegan was shown the door prior to free agency, the writing was on the wall that the Rams would look to address the slot corner position in the draft. And that's exactly what they did when they drafted Florida State defensive back Lamarcus Joyner. 

    In addition to being a day-one starter in the slot, Joyner will be asked to play safety in sub-packages and cover tight ends off the line of scrimmage. Yes, Joyner may be small in stature, yet that doesn't take away from his playmaking ability.

    Just ask the Auburn Tigers—he showed his worth in the national championship game.

     

    Tre Mason, RB (third round, No. 75 overall)

    At the end of last season, running back Zac Stacy started to slow down. Nagging injuries started to creep in, and the Rams didn't have a tailback to complement him at that critical time. This, in turn, is why the Mason pick was such a smart one in the third round.

    Mason won't be asked to carry the load, but his explosion and home-run hitting ability will prove to be crucial when Stacy checks out of the game.

     

    Maurice Alexander, SS (fourth round, No. 110 overall)

    Alexander flew under the radar a bit at Utah State, but he's a punishing hitter at strong safety who should make an immediate impact on special teams. Odds are he will also battle Rodney McLeod for the vacant safety position opposite T.J. McDonald. 

     

    E.J. Gaines, CB (sixth round, No. 188 overall)

    Cornerback E.J. Gaines doesn't necessarily fit Gregg Williams' style of defense because he excelled as a zone corner in college, but the Missouri product can cover slot receivers. Making the roster will be an uphill battle for Gaines, yet he could get a shot to open the coaching staff's eyes on special teams.

     

    Mitchell Van Dyk, OT (seventh round, No. 226 overall)

    There isn't a whole lot of info about Mitchell Van Dyk, but who cares. He's 6'9" and is a dominant run-blocker. What more can you ask for from a seventh-round pick? 

     

    Michael Sam, DE (seventh round, No. 249 overall)

    Say what you want about Michael Sam off the field, he won SEC Defensive Player of the Year in college and can easily find his way into the Rams' defensive line rotation. Eugene Sims and William Hayes are the only quality backup defensive ends St. Louis has.

The Bad

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    Here's a look at the picks we didn't like:

     

    Garrett Gilbert, QB (sixth round, No. 214 overall)

    The Rams waited way too long to draft a quarterback. Gilbert is a unique prospect because he once played at Texas. But there's a reason he's not at Texas anymore. His mechanics are awful, and he tends to struggle in a muddied pocket.

     

    C.B. Bryant, FS (seventh round, No. 241 overall)

    St. Louis was smart to pick a safety here, but Bryant has little long-term value. Aside from the fact he plays small against the run, his ball skills are horrid. Not to mention, he's coming off a serious injury.

The Baffling

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    And to wrap it up, here's a look at the picks we hated:

     

    Demetrius Rhaney, OC (seventh round, No. 250 overall)

    It's hard to call a seventh-round pick baffling, but I just did. Rhaney is undersized, weak at the point of attack and gave up too many sacks for a center. St. Louis would have been better off drafting a more polished product.

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