Thus far, the Rams have done nothing to improve their sagging receiver corp in the 2010 draft. This is a serious problem because Sam Bradford lacks quality targets to throw to.
This can change quickly tomorrow. Several outstanding receivers with high draft grades remain on the board. Let's hope this situation does change for the better.
With that said we have the following (mostly) excellent prospects to chose from:
- Dezmond Briscoe , WR Kansas: 7.8 grade
- Dorin Dickerson , TE Pittsburgh, 7.7 grade
- Anthony McCoy, TE USC, 7.7 draft grade
- Aaron Hernandez, TE Florida, 7.4 grade
- Dennis Pitta , TE BYU, 7.4 grade
- Mike Williams , WR Syracuse, 7.2 draft grade
- Carlton Mitchell , WR South Florida, 7.1 draft grade
Regrettably, two of these candidates can be discarded quickly for legal reasons. Anthony McCoy's urine test was positive for marijuana metabolites. I doubt the Rams will consider him for this reason. Aaron Hernandez, described by some as a poorman's Tony Gonzalez, has had a few run-ins with law. I doubt the Rams will want to consider him.
Shout out to Nolan Cromwell: Please stand up for your fellow Kansas Jayhawk Dezmon Briscoe . Dezmon is now officially the highest rated Wide Receiver left on the board. and we need him desperately.
Dezmon is a 20 years old from Dallas Texas. He stands 6'2", weighs 207, and runs a 4.51 in the 40. Sam Bradford will remember him well. Briscoe racked up 269 yards against Oklahoma in 2008. His NFL grade is 7.8, which is outstanding for this round of the draft.
At Kansas, Briscoe was extremely productive, catching 218 passes for 3,240 yards and 31 touchdowns. I believe Briscoe should be our selection with the 99th pick in the 2010 draft. He is precisely the kind of Jayhawk our new Jayhawk WR coach would like to coach. Let's do it!
After taking Briscoe, I would do whatever is necessary to wrangle another high fourth rounder, perhaps making a deal with the Vikings (100), Bucs (101), or Texans (102) so that I could select either Dorin Dickerson or Dennis Pitta. If it takes a bit of mortgage, I would do it.
Dorin Dickerson is a particularly intriguing candidate. Though he is nominally a TE/H-Back, many believe he will be WR in the NFL. Interestingly, he is also regarded as a fullback prospect due to the fact that he rushed for 1,429 yards on 182 carries for a whopping 7.9 average. That doesn't sound much like a fullback to me.
Certainly, Dickerson has more than enough speed for the WR post. Dickerson is 22 years old, stands 6'2" and weighs in at 226 pounds. He ran a blistering 4.40 in at the combine.
At that size, very few players in the NFL can match his speed. Pitt used Dickerson to create match up nightmares for enemy DCs. His highlight film is almost hilarious at times because he is often 20 yards away from the closest defender when he catches the ball. Believe me, this is because of his speed.
Dickerson is precisely the sort of big, physical, and fast receiver that makes the WCO work, to the extent that it can work these days. He is also the sort of large bodied target that Sam Bradford likes to throw to. He also has a bit of experience blocking, a fact that would make him valuable to Steven Jackson.
I like him. He looks damn good.
Dennis Pitta is described by many as a poorman's Dallas Clark. His highlight reel convinced me this statement is true. The fact is, he may not be so poor. If you study the way he works himself open, he resembles Dallas Clark in many respects.
Dennis is 25 years old, due to time off for his Mormon Mission. He stands 6'5", weighs in at 248 pounds, and runs a 4.63 in the 40. At BYU, he caught 221 passes for 2,901 yards and 21 touchdowns. By all accounts, he is young man of excellent moral character.
While Daniel Fells has shown some signs of promise (nice TD play on that special teams gadget), we could use another quality tight end. The tight end is an absolutely crucial receiver in the WCO, often being the check-down of last resort. A good tight end makes the difference between a lot of throw-aways and a highly efficient passing game in the WCO.
Dennis is my homeboy. He was born in Fresno California. He grew up in Moorpark California, a short distance from my place of work...not to mention Stan Kroenke's house.
These are the best prospects on the board for the Rams.
What about the offensive line? As we approach round four of the NFL Draft, nearly all of the good offensive linemen have been plucked off the board.
Unless you are willing to consider Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Campbell, who scored a grade of 7.8. I am extremely uncomfortable with the notion of taking Bruce Campbell. This workout-warrior strikes me as being Alex Barron, the 2.0 Edition. I don't want to go there and do that again. He looks terrific, he just doesn't block very well. As I said, Alex Barron, 2.0.