St. Louis Rams 2015 Draft Picks
Rams shock the world and make a little bit of history on day 1 of the NFL Draft
ST. LOUIS- With the 2015 NFL Draft over, its time to take a look at the St. Louis Rams picks this year. The Rams came into this draft with some key needs to help bolster this offense. In particular at offensive line. So when the Rams sitting at pick number 10 were on the clock, me and every other Rams fan figured they would go with an offensive linemen. Jeff Fisher and Les Snead made what I was to believe the first shocking mood of the night and they decided to pick what a lot of NFL analysis believed to be the best Running Back prospect since Adrian Peterson. As Commissioner Roger Goodell stood at the podium and announced, "With the 10th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select Todd Gurley". This was the first time a running back as been taken in the first-round since 2012. I was in complete shock. While I did agree that Gurley is a top running back, I just thought getting a top offensive linemen was more important. As I kept thinking about the pick, it started to make more sense to me. Anytime a running back gets compared to the likes of Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch, can I really complain about that? Some of Jeff Fisher's best teams had a stud running back. Now Todd Gurley is coming off a devastating ACL injury and the timetable for his debut is unclear. If he can get back to that dominant form for the Rams like he was at the University of Georgia, we could be looking at the next top back not only in the NFC West but possibly the NFL.
Rams beef up the offensive line and add a QB for day 2
Going into day 2 of the NFL Draft, I was assuming the Rams would fill the holes at offensive line. Not only did they fill those holes, they did it with a vengeance. In the second-round, the Rams picked up Wisconsin offensive tackle Rob Havenstein. Havenstein is 6'7"- 321 lbs, he started 42 of his 54 games that he played in and was considered the leader of the Wisconsin offense. He was named first-team All-American by the AFCA and also was first-team All-Big Ten in 2014. Look for Havenstein to enter training camp battling for the right tackle position. Going into the third-round, the Rams were not done addressing the line. The Rams decided to grab Louisville offensive tackle Jamon Brown. Brown stands at 6'4"- 323 lbs, in 2014 he was voted second-team All-ACC and started all 13 games at left tackle. I say look for Jamon Brown to be the Rams right guard this year. Some analysis and scouts projected him being a better fit at guard rather than a tackle. With their second third-round pick, the Rams got Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion. Mannion is the perfect fit for a Jeff Fisher style of quarterback, he stands at 6'6"- 229 lbs. He played in a pro-style offense at Oregon State, so the transition won't be too difficult. He can make all the pro-style throws and at Oregon State he led those teams back to bowl games. Now he won't start this year with newly acquired qb Nick Foles at the helm, but Mannion is in a great position to sit back and learn. Sean will be in a position battle with veteran Case Keenum for the number two quarterback position behind Foles. I am not saying Mannion is the future, but considering Foles and Keenum have one-year left on their contracts. It's good that the Rams picked up a young quarterback to develop. Look what it did for Aaron Rodgers.
On the third and final day of the draft
Head Coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead went to work on adding more bodies to the offensive line on the final day of the draft. In the weeks leading up to the draft, some mock drafts had the Rams taking University of Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff. Since he got selected at the 5th pick by Washington Redskins, what the Rams didn't let anybody know is they had their eye on another offensive lineman from Iowa. In the fourth-round the Rams picked up Tackle Andrew Donnal. Donnal stands at 6'6"- 313 lbs, he was an honorable mention All-Big Ten star in 2014. He started all 13 games at right tackle. I believe he maybe in a position battle at the right tackle and right guard spots coming into camp. Some NFL analysis were surprised he dropped all the way to the fourth round. The Rams then had to wait until the sixth-round to make another pick. With the sixth-round pick, it was a name very familiar with Mizzou fans. University of Missouri wide receiver Bud Sasser was the next to be picked. Sasser standing at 6'2"- 210 lbs, became the primary receiver for the Tigers after the dismissal of Dorial Green-Beckham. Sasser had 77 receptions for 1,003 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014. Coming into camp he will get a chance to battle for one of the wide receiver slots, but look for him to make an impact on special teams to make this squad. The Rams with their second sixth-round pick, grabbed Fresno State guard Cody Wichmann. He is 6'6"- 315 lbs, and will most likely add depth to this once thin offensive line. In the seventh-round, we all know Jeff Fisher just had to pick up a couple of defensive guys. The Rams with two seventh-round picks grabbed Baylor Inside Linebacker Bryce Hager and Memphis defensive-end Martin Ifedi. These two will also look to make the team through special teams.
When Jeff Fisher was a coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles, he evaluated Texas Linebacker Britt Hager. Britt Hager was drafted by the Eagles in 1989 and is also the father of current Rams draft pick Bryce Hager.
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Jeff Fisher and Les Snead
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The Rams filled the needs and now it's time to get to work.
Jeff Fisher and Les Snead made an impact on this draft offensively for their football team. They were able to get an impact player (when he gets healthy) in Todd Gurley, stacked the offensive line and got a quarterback to develop. They made some great moves in the draft this year in my opinion and now it's time for this coaching staff and team to get to work. Next up is OTA's, rookie mini-camp and then training camp. I believe they have made the moves through free agency, trades and draft to not only compete in the NFC west. I have faith they have a great shot at winning the NFC west. Those are my opinions, but I want to hear yours. Don't forget to vote on what you think the Rams draft grade should be, and please leave a comment and tell me what you think about this Rams team this year. Do they have a shot at winning the division and making the playoffs? Do you feel they should have drafted other players this year? Leave a comment and we can have a discussion. Thank you for reading, I will be writing another one later this week.