NFL Draft: Rams Finally Get It Right with Chris Long

john dmytrukCorrespondent IMay 2, 2008

I am not going give the post analysis of the draft, since it has been beaten to death already, but I want to give you a couple of my thoughts.

The Rams finally got it right on Saturday when they drafted Chris Long. This pick will have a positive impact of the defensive line which has been neglected since the departure of Winstrom. Scott Linehan has already declared him to be a starter, and will join Carricker and Little.

In the past the Rams have pulled some cheap tricks to fill their needs, such as the time in LA when they needed a running back, so they got two for the price of one really good running back. They signed Curtis Warner and Marcus Dupree, both attempting comebacks from knee surgeries. Needless to say, they didn't work out. So, just like the past, I thought they would fall for the Dolphins' bait and give up their first round pick for Jason Taylor.
I must admit that I seriously thought about it. He would have met all their needs as an end in their 3-4 defense. But then I had a reality check. Taylor may only last five years.

Why give up draft pick who has maybe ten or over years in front him for someone with five years left?

So, their I stood in front of my TV nervously waiting the Rams' pick. I waited to hear the following, "St Louis has traded their first pick to Miami."

I felt relieved when then selected Chris Long. They finally got it right.