See the entire series HERE.

St. Louis Rams

The Rams finally did a couple of things that we and many others have been calling for – they took the WR seriously early in the draft by selecting Brian Quick and they addressed my biggest gripe with them for years by drafting RB with Isiah Pead (Cadillac Williams is a free agent and will likely be playing elsewhere).  This team has done a disservice to Steven Jackson by not providing him with a real backup. Remember when they played him in 2010 with what ended up being a spinal injury?  Do you think that they would have done that if they did their jobs and had any depth at the position?

As we watched the draft and blogged live, the sentiment seemed to be that they misplayed their hand a couple of times in trading down and missing the top wide receivers in the draft.  Apparently their strategy was to get a wide receiver or best player available out of the first couple rounds and aside from that maybe they wanted all the poor character players in the draft.  It will be interesting to count the arrests between Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson.  They could be a dynamic duo for years and they could also cause the team and city much embarrassment as neither seems very mature and neither seems to acknowledge the fact.

Strictly looking at on field potential, the Rams had a very good draft.

Here is how we see the St Louis Depth Chart as we enter training camp.

QBSam BradfordA.J. FeeleyKellen Clemens
RBSteven JacksonIsaiah Pead
WR1Brian QuickSteve SmithDanario AlexanderAustin Pettis
WR2Chris GivensDanny AmendolaGreg Salas
TELance KendricksM. Hoomanawanui

WINNERS: Sam Bradford (ADP  158/QB#23) &  Brian Quick (ADP 122/WR#47)

Sam Bradford got some new toys.  Aside from a short period where he had Brandon Lloyd to toss the ball to Sam Bradford has had precious little receiving talent to target.  Not only did the team add the tall, strong, speedy Brian Quick out of Appalachian St., but they also spent the first pick of the fourth round on a true vertical threat in Chris Givens out of Wake Forest.  On top of the new receivers they finally ensured that they won’t be completely one-dimensional if the aging Steven Jackson misses some time.  Adding Isiah Pead in round two is a very important move.  The bottom line is that Bradford is still no more than a low-end QB#2, but at least there is light at the end of the tunnel for Bradford and dynasty owners.

Brian Quick goes to a team where he will be needed to play immediately.  Therein lies the irony.  Quick has all of the physical tools but most experts expected him to be drafted into a position where he would have a little time to mature.  Coming from a small school and being expected to produce immediately will be a challenge.  He has the tools to do it, however, and the reason we like him from a fantasy perspective over some of the other highly drafted receivers in the 2012 draft is simply opportunity.  He has the QB to get him the ball, he will get good coaching, and he’ll get on the field early and often.  Quick could end up being the top producing rookie receiver.  Watch him closely in preseason and if all goes as planned you could end up with a guy that will have some consistency issues, he is a rookie after all, but produces high end WR#4 numbers overall with some big weeks in there.

LOSERS: The 2011 WR Draft Class (Austin Pettis and Greg Salas)

Last year the Rams drafted two wide receivers that are essentially carbon copies of each other and neither was overly impressive but both proved they have a place in the league.  We were wondering, along with most people I think, why they selected both Austin Pettis and Greg Salas…and apparently they themselves were wondering why.  That addition of two superior receivers in this draft puts to rest any thoughts that either of the 2011 draftees have a shot at being primary receivers.  They are possession receivers and with Danny Amendola returning there may not be a lot of possessing to be done for them considering the new additions.

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