2011 NFL Draft Results: St Louis Rams Take WR Greg Salas, Add Another Weapon
So what is it about Greg Salas that had the Rams sold?
Height - 6'1"
Weight - 210 lbs
40-yard time - 4.56s
Playing in the dangerous spread offense at Hawaii, Salas amassed 285 receptions, 4,345 yards, and 26 touchdowns in four seasons.
What grade do you give the Rams selection of Salas?
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.
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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