2011 NFL Mock Draft: St Louis Rams' 7-Round Projections
Will they find a new weapon for Sam Bradford? Will they finally find a legitimate back up to Steven Jackson? Who will replace the aging James Hall at defensive end?
I'm not Steve Spagnuolo or Billy Devaney, so I can merely speculate.
That being said, let's speculate away!
Round 1, Pick 14: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
At 6'3 and 220 lbs, Jones is going to be a monster in whatever passing game he is a part of.
Jones has solid strength, explosive speed, and good enough hands to make an immediate impact with the Rams. His ability to find holes in zones and beat corners vertically has just about every team in the league wanting to get their hands on him.
Thankfully, 12 of the 13 teams selecting above the Rams have needs larger than wide receiver and the only other team (Cincinnati) considers Georgia WR A.J. Green to be the better prospect.
The Redskins are considered to be the biggest threat to steal Jones away from the Rams, but with all their problems along the defensive line, look for them to select one of the many talented lineman in this draft.
-Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
-Aldon Smith, DE, Mizzou
-JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin
Round 2, Pick 47: Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma
The Rams were considering drafting a safety long before OJ Atogwe bolted for the Redskins. Now that he is gone, the Rams are going to need to draft a safety more than ever.
Carter appears to be a great fit for head coach Steve Spagnuolo's system. He has good size at 6'1 and 210 lbs, and he isn't afraid to lay down big hits. His athleticism and football smarts allow him to stick with slot receivers and he will only continue to improve under Spagnuolo and Flajole's defensive scheme.
-Sam Acho, DE, Texas
-Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
-Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
Round 3, Pick 78: Clint Boling, G, Georgia
The Rams are slowly building a solid offensive-line. Youngsters Roger Saffold and Jason Smith appear to be the long term solutions at tackle, Jason Brown was great at center, and Jacob Bell held his ground at left-guard. Why not pick up the final missing piece, a right-guard, with Boling?
He has good size for a guard at 6'5 and 308 lbs and is very mobile for a big man. He doesn't have much experience so he will need a couple seasons to develop his skill set, but the potential to be an above-average guard in the NFL is very good.
-Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut
-Will Rackley, G, Leigh
-Chris Carter, OLB, Fresno State
Round 4, Pick 111: Shane Vereen, RB, California
It took four rounds, but the Rams finally find their backup to Steven Jackson.
Vereen isn't going to blow people away with size or strength, but his vision and shiftiness have many scouts seeing him as a very serviceable third-down running back. He is great at catching the ball out of the backfield, a trait that could be very valuable in McDaniels' spread offense. This, mixed with his exceptional blocking abilities, make it appear that Vereen could be the type of backup that the Rams haven't had since Jackson backed up Pro-Bowler Marshall Faulk.
-Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah State
-Lawrence Guy, DE, Arizona State
-Mark Herzlich, OLB, Boston College
Round 5, Pick 142: Sione Fua, DT, Stanford
Spagnuolo is always looking to shore up his defensive line and Fua could be a quality late-round selection. His football-IQ is impressive and he could have a positive impact against opposing teams' running game.
Like most late round picks however, Fua has plenty of holes in his game. He isn't much of a pass rusher and doesn't possess much talent getting off of blocks with his hands.
With this pick, the Rams would be getting a big body to stuff the middle. If anything, he would be an upgrade to current big body who stuffs the middle, Gary Gibson.
-Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State University
-Kendric Burney, CB, University of North California
-Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State
Round 6, Pick 175: Scott Lutrus, OLB, Connecticut
The Rams don't have much at outside linebacker, so why not take a shot in the dark with a late round pick? Lustur has quality football-smarts and has the ability to play man-to-man or zone effectively.
His injury history and lack of speed will cause him to fall into the sixth, but he could be a steal for the Rams here.
If nothing else, he could be an effective special teams player.
-Cliff Matthews, DE, Stanford
-Jeremy Beal, OLB, Oklahoma
-Terrance Toliver, WR, Louisiana State University
Round 7, Pick 206: Markus White, DE, Florida State
White has NFL size and enough skills to be a serviceable lineman in the league. White still has plenty to learn at the position and their aren't too many people in the league better than Spagnuolo when it comes to teaching defensive players.
Seventh-round selections are always shots in the dark, but this is one pick that could be a real hit.
-Alex Green, RB, Hawaii
-Julius Thomas, TE, Portland State
-Chykie Brown, CB, Texas