St. Louis Rams Select Chris Ogbonnaya

With the 211th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. The St. Louis Rams have selected Chris Ogbonnaya RB, out of Texas. At 6′ and 220 pounds Chris Ogbonnaya does not appear to be the  backup to Steven Jackson that I have been looking for all day. With only 66 carries in his first three years at the University of Texas I would once again say that this is a reach for the Rams. Chris had 15 carries against Oklahoma this year, and that was his career high. I see Chris being no more than a special teams player at best. I hate to say it but I don’t think the Rams got much done on day two of the draft. I can’t believe they did not pick up a big power back for short yardage and to spell Jackson. I also am very surprised the Rams did not go out and get a hammer of a Safety. I don’t want to complain in April, but they will have to show me something.

From DraftCountdown:

Naturally athletic…Very good size and bulk…Strong and runs hard…A patient runner…Excellent hands…Runs great routes…Above average blocker…Smart…Special teams ability…A hard worker…Team  leader.


Ogbonnaya only managed 73 rushes for 373 yards and four scores n 2008, but his 46 catches for 540 yards and three touchdowns also caught scouts’ eyes. His play on coverage units also makes him a draft-able prospect.

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  • ricardo

    ok , i thought we were turning this thing around on draft days. pick one was ok at best , smith will be the right tackle to start? and laurinitis was the safest pick of all , good value there. but our biggest needs were not filled after that. no wide recvr until the fifth round? and the third best on his team? dt was not a big need , and wasting 6-7 picks on developmental players or special teamers that you probably could have signed as free agents ? my draft guide didnt list either player in the top 30 at their positions. and rb always fall , so would like to have seen them draft another ot in round three. william beatty was there for the taking , setting up your o-line for awhile if smith or beatty is on right side. would loved to have gotten sanchez , and all the thunder, but thats the rams. always safe , middle of the roaders.

  • http://NFL Brennen

    the rams had more crucial needs than sanchez. that would be too much money locked up into one position as well and seeing that there was almost no way bulger would be moved they weren’t going to do that. my biggest beef may have been leaving jarron gilbert on the board and taking fletcher. all the analysts were talking about how he would be a first rounder had he gone to a larger school. if they were going to go to some one who could play DT that should have been the pick in my opinion. James Laurinaitis fills a larger hole than beatty seeing as the rams haven’t had a good MLB in a while. I would have also liked to have seen the rams go after louis murphy or a big posession receiver if they wanted to take someone. I don’t really understand trading for laurent robinson, he hasn’t really proved much and it cost the rams shots at players who i feel would be better picks for them. ie: rhett bomar and coye francies (cb). hopefully they decide to go out and make a splash in what is left of the free agent market there are still some guys out there who would bring a lot to this rams roster.

  • Stlvinnie

    Rhett Bomar is not going to play in this league. The trade with Atlanta is fine, but it makes it hard to understand why the would then take the 3rd best WR on the North Carolina Tar Heels. I really can’t explain anything that was done on day two. I am interested in hearing what the coach and Devaney have to say.

  • Brennen

    i forgot to add this before i posted the last one but can you really be surprised that they rams aren’t taking a ton of risks this draft? look at the last couple drafts and how players have turned out? traded down to take tye hill and antonio cromartie was still on the board. and i understand hindsight is 20/20 but i remember wanting him after hearing from multiple sources that he would have been a top 5-10 player if not for his injury that season. jimmy kennedy really worked out didn’t he? I wish i could remember the analyst i heard say this but he said that a bad draft class can set a team back 3-5 years. therefore since it’s a new regime i’m not surprised that they didn’t try and make any blockbuster moves although i would have liked to have seen some of the moves i mentioned above and maybe attempting to land duke robinson solidifying that line with jason smith, richie incognito, jason brown, and praying that barron will finally live up to his expectations. this would take pressure off of they young receiving core by allowing the rams to run all over teams with jackson. also i hope that the rams aren’t planning on moving barron to the left side and trying to transition another LT to RT. because at some point you don’t you just have to chalk it up to a bad pick and let another guy get a shot?

  • Stlvinnie

    I also thought Duke Robinson would have been a good pick. They could have at least gotten players to develope as a backup at a need position. You have Incognito which NO team in the league wanted, and Jacob Bell who misteriouslyy lost 30 pounds between Tennessee and St. Louis. Also what if we lose Barron next year? We then need another OT. Also Little plays maybe half the plays in a game and The DE from Florida State and Georgia Tech were right there. Damn the more I think about today the madder I get. Thanks for getting my late night rant going. :)

  • nxs

    Chris Ogbonnaya is going to be a steal. Check out what he did against your beloved Mizzou Tigers:

  • ricardo

    yes hindsight is 20 / 20 . but my picks for 13 years now were decided BEFORE the draft. rams are always safe. sanchez may not have experience yet , and the money is only tied up till next year when you can release bulger for nothing. so sanchez would be ready then. but think of this lineup that the rams could have drafted . curry , laurinitis , michael johnson , andre smith , troy kropog , marko mitchell , captain munnerlyn . and wasted years linep – cutler , revis , george , moss , wayne , clady , harrison , and all the wates second and third rounders. this team needs to better understand the draft process , and that didnt show this year either. i dont think the fans are paying good money in this economy for five year plans. and if they wanted to solidify the o-line , why only one pick. britton round two , urbik round three would give some identity to this unit..

  • ricardo

    wasting another year with bulger and having smith at right tackle , doesnt protect him as they said was a need, no backup to jackson , and if smith gets hurt , same line as last year except for brown. so what was accomplished? null was coached by ryan leaf , enough said… sanchez would have been the future , in a division of aging broken down qb’s , and they are still talking about him from draft day. nooone saying he is god , i am not really a fan , but the chatter would have kept the franchise moving forward , and not hoping we have a great year from bulger. wont happen… go kurt warner , keep beating the rams. curry and crabtree are coming to town licking their chops..

  • ramdraftnik

    this guy is right.. a ton of wasted draft picks , turnover and lousy coaching . mike martz is really laughing.. we ran off the most exciting football , because we coulnt control the front office. so now look at this mess. reminds me of bidwill locking the doors on coryell . i just wish we werent so fickle to have something good , only to let someone tear it down due to controversy. blues with mike keenan , bill laurie , now the rams after georgia’s death . hope this turns around soon , or l.a. we are coming back..

  • Jan

    Chris Ogbonnaya?? Wooooo-Hoooo! Finally, somebody I can cheer for. Don’t hate on Ogbonnaya! He was playing behind Selvin Young and Jamaal Charles. He started off at UT as a tailback. Give him the benefit of the doubt. Once he had his chance, he ran with it! (pun intended!) :)

    Ogbonnaya is the one reason I may spend time following the Rams this year. (At least Ogbonnaya is exciting to watch.) I mean, come on, I was at a Trivia Night last weekend and NOT ONE person in the whole building could name the Rams head coach. :( Let’s find something to get excited about!