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2011 NFL Draft Results: St Louis Rams Take WR Greg Salas, Add Another Weapon

HONOLULU - SEPTEMBER 2:  Greg Salas of the University of Hawaii Warriors runs the ball during second half action at Aloha Stadium September 2, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
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Ethan NovakAnalyst IIApril 30, 2011

In the 4th round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the St Louis Rams selected Greg Salas, WR out of Hawaii. 

It marked the third straight pick that saw the Rams select an offensive playmaker and was an indicator that the Rams are dedicated to surrounding QB Sam Bradford with reliable targets.

So what is it about Greg Salas that had the Rams sold?

 

Size/Speed

Height - 6'1"

Weight - 210 lbs

40-yard time - 4.56s

 

Stats

Playing in the dangerous spread offense at Hawaii, Salas amassed 285 receptions, 4,345 yards, and 26 touchdowns in four seasons. 

 

Strengths: Reliable Target

Salas doesn't have elite speed or size, but he is very reliable in finding ways to come up with tough catches. 

He can make difficult and acrobatic catches in traffic and can build up serious speed when running vertical routes.  Salas shows little fear going over the middle and is willing to put his body on the line for the team. 

 

Weaknesses: There Are No Glaring Weaknesses

Salas actually doesn't have any flaws in his game that really stick out.  It isn't that he does everything incredibly well, he just is at least a capable prospect in every aspect of being a receiver.

His route running needs a little work and he could improve his strength, but overall Salas doesn't have any of the copious amounts of flaws you usually find in fourth round picks. 

 

Bottom Line: The Ram's draft approach is odd

The Rams have multiple needs at safety, outside linebacker, defensive tackle, running back, and offensive guard, yet they are choosing to go after pass catchers. 

This pick would have been a good pick had they not just taken Austin Pettis in the third round.  Where are they going to find room for all these guys?  They already have four receivers with guaranteed spots on the team (Avery, Clayton, Amendola, Alexander) and they have three very capable receivers behind them as well (Gibson, Robinson, Gilyard). 

Salas does appear to be more intriguing than Pettis.  His ceiling is a reliable receiver who can play on the outside while Pettis shows a ceiling of a slot receiver with good hands but little speed.

 

Grade: C

I like having Salas on the team, I really do.  The fact of the matter is, there are so many other needs on this team besides receiver.  Some analysts said Salas was the steal of day 3, so maybe he'll prove his 'C' grade wrong.

Please prove it wrong Salas...

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