– For those of you who follow From the Sidelines and this site in general, you already know that I won’t be making any outrageous proclamations in the days following the draft. In fact, the only exercise more fruitless than the mock drafts that we all do before the draft are the grades that are handed out in the days after the draft. No matter what you read about this draft or what you think about the Rams’ draft or any other teams, the fact of the matter is you don’t KNOW anything.
– So, while I will refrain from offering anything other than some analysis of how the Rams’ eight additions fit on the roster and speculate on how they might contribute in year one, I now offer you a run down of what some of the draft analysts around the web are saying about how the Rams fared…
– Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com – Prisco said that he loved the pick of DE Robert Quinn in the first round. Also liked the selection of Hawaii WR Greg Salas. His overall analysis…”They addressed a need with Quinn and then spent the next three picks getting Sam Bradford some help. The draft made sense.”
– Kerry Byrne, SI.com – Called the future of the Rams’ defensive line “potentially devastating” with the addition of Quinn. Said he would have liked to see the Rams grab a running back and an offensive lineman or the grade would have been higher.
– Mel Kiper, Jr. ESPN.com – Liked that the Rams added a lot of weapons and said the Rams look like a franchise “ready to take that next step.” Liked the Quinn choice and praised the effort to add weapons in Salas, Austin Pettis and Lance Kendricks for QB Sam Bradford.
Needs: A- Value: B- Overall: B
– Todd McShay, ESPN.com – Did not offer a grade but says the Rams’ best move was adding Salas with the 112th pick in the draft. Said he would’ve preferred the Rams went with a receiver other than Pettis in the third round.
– Adam Caplan, FoxSports.com – Liked the Rams draft overall, offering this analysis: “The Rams appear to have put together another solid draft class. General manager Billy Devaney does a really nice job of drafting for value.”
– Jarrett Bell, USA Today – Bell offered this analysis of the Rams’ picks: “With both of the premier WRs gone, the Rams opted for a defensive playmaker with DE Robert Quinn. They landed new targets in the form of TE Lance Kendricks and WRs Austin Pettis and Salas. Pettis isn’t a blazer, but has two traits that QBs love: sure hands and production (39 TDs).”
– Clifton Brown, The SportingNews.com – Brown also gave the Rams a B, saying “Two wide receiver prospects to help quarterback Sam Bradford, plus a pass-rushing defensive end in Robert Quinn made it a good weekend.”
– Jason Cole, Yahoo! Sports – Liked the value the Rams got in Quinn at No. 14 and was pleased with the fact that the Rams made such a concerted effort to add talent for Bradford and the offense to work with right away.
– Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News – Also raved about the value of getting Quinn at 14 in the draft and the addition of value receivers Pettis and Salas in rounds three and four.
– Nolan Nawrocki, Pro Football Weekly – Says the Rams addressed all major needs with the exception of a backup running back and upgraded their speed off the edge with Quinn. Likes the reliability of Kendricks, Pettis and Salas and says the Rams did well for depth and special teams late in the draft. Went so far as to say Hines and Nelson both have “starter” potential. His overall summation: “The Rams easily could come away with three starters, potentially five, and upgraded special teams.”
– So there you have it. I’m sure more will be released in the next few days but really, none of this will matter until about three years from now when we can truly look back and see how these players developed.
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