2011 NFL Draft: 2nd Round Possibilities for the St Louis Rams

Ethan NovakAnalyst IIApril 29, 2011

2011 NFL Draft: 2nd Round Possibilities for the St Louis Rams

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    SOUTH BEND,IN - SEPTEMBER 13:  Ethan Johnson #9 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish yells during the game against the Michigan Wolverines on September 13, 2008 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    The Rams had arguably the steal of the draft on Thursday with their selection of UNC defensive end Robert Quinn.

    With the defensive end need filled early, the Rams now have several options they can explore in the second round with the 47th overall selection. 

    They have needs at OLB, DT, OG, S and RB, and the Rams would love to fill all of them via the draft. 

    "What about a wide receiver?"

    No, they will not use an early-round selection on a receiver, especially since the only two receivers with No. 1 potential were gone in six picks.  When it comes to selecting a receiver early, it was Julio Jones or bust. 

    Speaking of which, how does everyone feel about the Falcons trading away two years worth of early selections to grab the receiver?  I hated the move and thought it rivaled Tennessee's drafting of Jake Locker for worst pick in the first round. 

    Okay, that is off topic.  Back to the matter at hand. Here are five potential second-round selections for the St. Louis Rams, complete with video. 

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame

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    I'd like to see the Rams explore Michael Hoomanawanui a little more, but if Rudolph falls to the Rams, he will be very tough to pass up.

    He has good size at 6'6" and 260 lbs.  He has explosive speed for a tight end and has the ability to stretch the field as well as most receivers in the draft.

    The downside to this selection is that Rudolph isn't dependable at all as a blocker.  He doesn't have great strength and thus, couldn't be counted upon in the running game. But a few trips to the weight room could always change that. 

Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois

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    Leshoure plays a lot like Steven Jackson and would provide a great 1-2 punch in the running game. 

    He has a lot of size at 6'2'' and 230 lbs and his speed allows him to get around the edge.  His quick burst of speed out of the snap helps him hit holes hard and fast.

    On the downside, he sometimes dances around too much and he lacks quick reads.

    However, since Leshoure plays so similar to Jackson, if the Rams can draft him and let him learn under Jackson for a few seasons, we could be looking at SJ 2.0 here. 

    Wishful thinking, but the possibilities will be difficult to pass on. 

Rahim Moore, S, UCLA

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    Moore is the best safety in this draft and he isn't expected to be drafted until the mid-second round.

    With the departure of OJ Atogwe, Rahim Moore would be a welcomed addition to the team. 

    Moore is a ball-hawking safety who has the ability to change games quickly.  He is solid playing deep zones, usually most comfortable playing center field. 

    Once again, this is another case where if he falls to the Rams, it's going to be tough for them to pass. 

Clint Boling, G, Georgia

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    This would be a bit of a reach, but the Rams are very eager to find their final missing piece on the offensive line.

    Boling is one of the biggest linemen in the draft at 6'5", 308 lbs.  He is very physical and very capable in the run game, which bodes well for Steven Jackson.

    Expect the Rams to take Boling if the previous three prospects listed are already gone. 

Titus Young, WR, Boise State

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    Before you cast me off as a hypocrite for saying the Rams might select a wide receiver a mere five slides after proclaiming that the Rams aren't in the market for a receiver, just hear me out.

    I could sit here and act like I'm an expert on the Rams draft and have some sort of inside information that no one else is seeing, but the fact is no one is a draft expert. 

    Mel Kiper, the guy with the hair that ESPN is paying to be an expert on the draft has no clue what is going to happen in that second round, I have no clue what is going to happen and you have no clue what will unfold, either.

    Honestly, did anyone have Christian Ponder going 12th overall?  Even Christian Ponder bought an extra large pizza to hold him over until the second round. 

    So yes, this is a bit of a wild card pick, but the entire draft is a wild card, isn't it?  We saw the 49ers select Aldon Smith while the much more promising Robert Quinn was still on the board.  The Titans selected Jake Locker when Blaine Gabbert was still in the green room.  Prince Amukamara had to wait two hours before he heard his name called.

    Young is an explosive playmaker and maybe, just maybe, the Rams will look at him as the newest toy in Josh McDaniels' equally explosive offense. 

    I'm just saying, this is the NFL draft. Prepare to be shocked. 

Additional Notes

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    -Yesterday, I held a live draft blog during the first round.  I don't know how many of you followed, but I'll be holding another one today.  I'll have it up around 2:30, three at the latest.  So make sure come over and stop by with any questions you may have regarding the Rams. I'd be happy to discuss/debate with you.

    -Yesterday on Twitter, Saints RB Reggie Bush made it clear that he is on his way out in New Orleans.  Now, it's just a thought, but what would everyone think of a Steven Jackson-Reggie Bush backfield?  Reggie Bush is the polar opposite of Steven Jackson in terms of skill set. 

    Bush is a shifty, speed back who still has plenty of flashes of being the dangerous running back he was supposed to be coming out of college. He'd also provide a very nice change of pace.

    It's nothing that has even been hinted at by the Rams at all, it's just an idea that popped into my head yesterday.  Give me some feedback on how you'd feel about it. 

    -Remember, live draft will be up shortly before the draft—stop in and say, hi.  Go Rams!

    Happy draft day, everyone.