The Rams were left without a fifth round pick after trading up to take defensive back LaMarcus Joyner. Therefore the Rams had to wait a long 78 picks before their first of two 6th round picks.
With their first sixth round pick, the St. Louis Rams selected Missouri standout cornerback E.J. Gaines. With this pick the Rams add depth to the cornerback position which desperately needed it. Gaines is a physical, aggressive corner that fits the personality of the Rams defense.
Gaines made first-team All-SEC and had team-high five interceptions. Last season against Texas A&M, he held Mike Evans who was taken in the first round, to a mere four catches for eight yards. Gaines will most likely just be a solid depth player and special teamer, but some experts had Gaines with a third or fourth round grade, so taking him in the 6th round was really good value.
Nolan Nowrocki of nfl.com had this to say about Gaines,
“Strong, physical zone corner with the toughness, awareness and football IQ to function highly in short spaces. A solid tackler, Gaines plays bigger than his size and takes a professional approach. Can make an immediate impact on special teams and work his way into a lineup.”
With their second pick in the sixth round, the Rams looked to get a quarterback. Unfortunately the guy they most likely wanted was taken a pick ahead of them by the quarterback heavy New York Jets, Tajh Boyd.
Instead the Rams still got a project quarterback in Garrett Gilbert out of SMU. Gilbert has good accuracy and as well as good size standing at 6’4. Gilbert started his college career at Texas, but after a disappointing career there, he transferred to SMU.
Gilbert resurrected his college career at SMU as he averaged 352 yards per game last lesson which was 4th in the nation and in the final six games of the season Gilbert dominated as had 17 touchdowns and two interceptions to go along with 2,237 yards.
The Rams got a two depth players in round six, and will look to do the same in round seven. The Rams hold the 226th, 241st, 249th, and 250th selections.