St. Louis Rams Draft Grades

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Well I am not a big fan of NFL draft grades but since everyone seems to want to know my thoughts I thought I would just share with you a few of the many St. Louis Rams draft grades out on the internet already. I would like to point out that zero of the 252 players drafted have ever played one player in the NFL. Grades? Hmmmmmmm I don’t think it is quite time for grades yet, but some publications do, so enjoy. Overal the St. Louis Rams seem to be getting about a C average on there NFL draft grade. I sure hope we can move to the front of the class in 2008. 

 YAHOO C+

Long should be an impact player right away and boosts the grade, but the rest of the class leaves a lot to be desired. Taking smallish Avery over Devin Thomas or James Hardy was a head-scratcher. Avery put up big yardage numbers as a senior but scored “only” seven touchdowns, and rarely played against the kind of competition Thomas and Hardy faced. Greco could eventually develop into a starter. King has all the skills but can’t seem to put it together.

 USA TODAY C+

Much internal debate but they went with Chris Long, seeking some pressure from the edge, over DT Glenn Dorsey. Only got 5½ sacks from DEs last year and Leonard Little will soon be 34. Looks like not only a safe pick but a good one. WR Donnie Avery went too high but the Rams love the speed and have the positional need. CB Justin King should be the nickel back right away. They failed to address their o-line issues.

DRAFTSEASON B-

The Rams made the right call by taking Chris Long at no. 2 overall, as Adam Carriker is better suited to play inside. They reached badly when they made Donnie Avery the first receiver off the board. They rebounded nicely with two day 2 steals; Justin King in the 4th and Roy Schuening in the 5th.

CBS SPORTSLINE B

I love Long and second-round receiver Donnie Avery is a perfect slot receiver for their offense.

Best pick: Defensive end Chris Long, the second player taken in the draft, will be a star. He was my top-rated player in the draft.

Questionable move: Passing on Dorsey to take Long. Their careers are now tied together for as long as they play.

Second-day gem: Cornerback Justin King is an athletic corner who didn’t always play up to his ability. Maybe defensive coordinator Jim Haslett can get it out of him.

FREEP C+

Much internal debate but they went with Chris Long, seeking some pressure from the edge, over DT Glenn Dorsey. Only got 5½ sacks from DEs last year and Leonard Little will soon be 34. Looks like not only a safe pick but a good one. WR Donnie Avery went too high but the Rams love the speed and have the positional need. CB Justin King should be the nickel back right away. They failed to address their o-line issues.

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