Ranking the LA Rams' last 10 first-round draft picks

2013 NFL Draft, Roger Goodell
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VI: 2013- First round LB Alec Ogletree (30th overall)

Some fans love him, and some fans do not hold him in high regard, but when the St. Louis Rams drafted 6-foot-3 250-pound linebacker Alec Ogletree with the 30th overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the team was looking for a solid tackler who could run their defense. In many ways, that is what the Rams got.

Ogletree played five seasons in the Horns and earned All-Pro honors in 2016. Ogletree was not the fastest, biggest, or most powerful NFL player, but he could certainly play football. In his five seasons with the Rams, he averaged over 100 tackles, 1.1 quarterback sacks, 1.2 interceptions, 6.2 tackles for a loss, 2.2 quarterback hits, and 8.6 pass defensed per season. He ultimately was packaged with a 2019 seventh-round pick and traded to the New York Giants for 2018 fourth-round and sixth-round picks.

V: 2012 - First round DT Michael Brockers (14th overall)

While you could argue that I have DT Michael Brockers too high on this list, I will point out that he played nine consecutive seasons for the LA Rams. And in many ways, he was the sidekick to the elite production of All-Pro DL Aaron Donald. Brocker was a 6-foot-5 297-pound defensive lineman who was quite adept at stuffing the run. That allowed teammates like Aaron Donald and DE Robert Quinn before him to hunt quarterbacks at will.

Brockers was an outstanding player and teammate, the first player to welcome newcomers to the team. While he never threatened to lead the league in quarterback sacks, he did average better than 3.1 quarterback sacks per season over his nine years. He also averaged 44 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, and 7.1 quarterback hits per season as an interior defensive lineman.

Brockers was an unselfish player who was more than willing to gobble blockers to free up his teammates.