The draft is now officially in the books, and I’ve had time to really examine each of the Rams selections, so that means it’s report card time. Some of these were easier to grade than others, but here’s my take.
Michael Brockers – B
I really like Brockers and how he fits on this team, but the grade is a B because a 2-14 team needs to leave the first round with a big-time player. He’s probably going to be very good, but he isn’t going to turn this franchise around.
Brian Quick – B-
The Rams absolutely love this guy, so I’m more than willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. But, for a team that is in desperate need of a big-time playmaker at the position, picking a project from a small school with the first pick of the second round knocks the grade down a bit. If he’s as good as they think, then a B- will end up being low.
Janoris Jenkins – A
It’s no secret that I love this pick, and getting a Top-10 talent at 39th is very good. He might be a risk, but it’s one worth taking for this team.
Isaiah Pead – C
I felt like this was a reach at the time, and I still feel that way. There were better all-around guys on the board, and there were better small, change-of-pace guys there as well. This was my least favorite of all the selections.
Trumaine Johnson – B-
I like his size, and it looks like there is potential there. But he’s another guy who looks like more of a project, and I just don’t know how much of an impact he will have right away.
Chris Givens – B
I love the speed, and looks like a guy who could be exciting when given an opportunity. We have been calling for playmakers, and this guy will at least increase the gamebreaking potential.
Rokevious Watkins – B
He has great size, and I really like his versatility. He has the potential to be a starter at guard, or he can be one of those swing guys who can be a backup at multiple positions.
Greg Zuerlein – B+
He is a nice combination of leg strength and accuracy, and he comes at a much cheaper price than Josh Brown. Brown didn’t have a great year last season, so I like the new blood.
Aaron Brown – C+
The team needed to pick up a linebacker at some point, and Brown looks like a serviceable guy for the seventh round.
Daryl Richardson – B-
He can catch the ball out of the backfield and he showed some explosiveness.
Topics: 2012 NFL Draft, Aaron Brown, Brian Quick, Chris Givens, Daryl Richardson, Draft Grades, Greg Zuerlein, Isaiah Pead, Janoris Jenkins, Michael Brockers, Rokevious Watkins, St. Louis Rams, Trumaine Johnson