St. Louis Rams Day 1 Recap

Day one of the 2009 NFL Draft saw the St. Louis Rams play it safe, and have a nice day. What became abundantly apparent in 2008 was that Billy Devaney and the St. Louis Rams are all about character. The selection of Chris Long and Donnie Avery made that crystal clear.

Heading into Saturday the Rams had several players they liked at #2, and there was a possibility that they could trade down. No trades were made and the Rams selected Jason Smith, OT Baylor. Jason Smith is a 6’5″, 310 pound monster tackle that the Rams can plug right into the lineup. With the offseason pick up of Jason Brown, the offensive line should be ready to role in 2009. Steven Jackson should have a big smile on his face today. As Day1 went on some surprises were taken and it started to look like one of the top rated linebackers may come our way. When both the Detroit Lions and New England Patriots passed on the top rated inside linebackers Rey Maualuga and James Laurinaitis it was the Rams turn. The Rams selected James Laurinaitis from Ohio State. This fills a huge hole the Rams have had since losing London Fletcher. The selection of Laurinaitis allows the Rams to move Will Witherspoon back to the outside.

I was very pleased with the Rams two selections on Day 1 of the 2009 NFL Draft. Jason Smith was rated as the top offensive tackle on most boards, and James Laurinaitis was rated as the top inside linebacker on a lot of boards. These were the two biggest needs for the Rams, and they filled both on day one. I look for the Rams to pick up secondary help, a backup running back and possibly a WR on Day 2.

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Tags: 2009 NFL Draft Billy Devaney Chris Long Donnie Avery James Laurinaitis Jason Brown Jason Smith Jason Smith Baylor OT Baylor Rey Maualuga St. Louis Rams Day 1 Recap St. Louis Rams Draft

  • Anthony

    I have been a Rams fan ever since I was a little kid I have seen you go through players and have not liked that you have gotten rid of good players that have helped the team the latest is torry holt what happened he has good hands and have made some amazing plays bruce was another he was with the Rams before the superbowl they have a bad year and you get rid of them I just dont understand it I was shocked when london left I can go on but I wont I have stayed a Rams fan through the bad years and it was hard defending the team but I am a true fan when you guys really started to click I was excited the Rams were the greatest show on turf I would like to see that again I cheer every year and of course I am disappointed when the Rams lose sometimes I take it hard but like I said I am a fan I want to go to a game thats my dream and when I go to St. Louis I will try its not sold out actually that would be the only reason I go to St. Louis but anyways I just wanted to know why you dont fight for the good players to stay we need them and get bulger some protection that guy gets hit so many times give him time and keep your good play makers and I am sure you guys will once again be the greatest show on turf and get another ring that is what I am hoping I will be watching this year again hope its a good year I dont want anymore bad ones I have seen enough thank you your #1 fan

  • Stlvinnie

    Welcome Anthony
    I too am just a fan. I do not work for the St. Louis Rams so I played no part in getting rid of London, Pace, Bruce, or Holt. Those last three decisions the Rams made based on salary cap numbers and trying to turn the team over and to become younger. The Rams picked up two more strong players on Saturday so hopefully the rebuilding will continue. I believe it will still take some time, but hopefully we should see improvement in 09′. With a new coach, a good free agent pick up, a couple new players from the draft, along with Hill, King, Burton, etc. starting 09′ healthy the Rams should be much improved. We will have to see if they can build off that.