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TGCummings's Rams 2012 Mock Draft

TGCummings 2012 Rams Draft

The Rams had a fine draft in 2012, maneuvering to stockpile picks like the ol' pros do. But did they create good value for themselves or leave good value on the board? Did they take too many chances with players of questionable character? They did fine, a solid B- in my book, but they could have done better. They could have done something like this ...

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Show/Hide Player Comments 1st (14th) NT Michael Brockers LSU rSo 6'6 1/4" 322 lbs. 5.36
 

Analysis: Though a bit of project, Brockers was the right choice after all the trading down. Sealing the interior of the offensive and defensive lines should be priority #1, because this will allow the talent on both sides of the ball the time and ability to do magical things. Brockers will solidy the run defense, and learn to penetrate and disrupt under Jeff Fisher's tutelage.


Show/Hide Player Comments 2nd (33rd) OT Cordy Glenn Georgia Sr 6'5 3/4" 345 lbs. 5.15
 

Analysis: Again, the idea here is to first solidify the trenches, and Cordy Glenn would strengthen the interior of the offensive line the way that Brockers solidified the defensive line. It all starts inside; you can buy QBs and WRs, but nothing else can happen if you cannot buy time.


Show/Hide Player Comments 2nd (39th) WR Stephen Hill Georgia Tech Jr 6'3 3/4" 215 lbs. 4.36
 

Analysis: Stephen Hill is a more complete package, and arguaby more game day ready, than Brian Quick. And he's built of better character than Janoris Jenkins. I would have been tempted to take Hill at #33 and taken my chances that an OG would be available at #39, but it's a question of need vs value. Luckily, this Hindsight Draft has both of my highest rated players at #33 available by #39.


Show/Hide Player Comments 2nd (50th) WLB Zach Brown North Carolina Sr 6'1 3/8" 244 lbs. 4.50
 

Analysis: I would have loved to have stayed at #45 and taken Kendricks, but the extra pick was too much value. Having pulled the trigger on the trade, I still want to complete my front seven with a player with skill and speed to burn. Zach Brown steps right in and completes the defensive front. There was a strong temptation to keep Isaiah Pead at this spot.


Show/Hide Player Comments 3rd (65th) CB Trumaine Johnson Montana Sr 6'2" 204 lbs. 4.61
 

Analysis: I can't argue with the value of this pick, and I'm overjoyed he's on the board after passing on Janoris Jenkins in the 2nd. Great, 1st round talent without the obvious character issues associated with Jenkins.

Trumaine Johnson vs Northern Iowa 2011

Show/Hide Player Comments 4th (96th) HB Lamar Miller Miami (FL) rSo 5'10 7/8" 212 lbs. 4.40
 

Analysis: Passing on Chris Givens, like Pead, was tough. I like the player in the post-draft era though I didn't pay much attention to him before the draft. But Lamar Miller gives the Rams a legitimate every down #2 back and successor to Steven Jackson. Has speed to burn, and has good ability with the potential to be great.

Lamar Miller High School Highlights
Lamar Miller Interview 11/5/2011
Lamar Miller 2011 Highlights

Show/Hide Player Comments 5th (150th) WR Juron Criner Arizona Sr 6'2 1/8" 224 lbs. 4.68
 

Analysis: Another great value pick in the 5th round, and another big body in the WR rotation with potential to eventually start. A possession guy to complement Hill's burning speed. Could have gone as high as the 2nd round, should not be here in the 5th.


Show/Hide Player Comments 6th (171st) K Greg Zuerlein Missouri Western St. rSr 6'0" 189 lbs. 4.86
 

Analysis: I love this pick in the 6th. Booming leg, and best kicker in the draft.


Show/Hide Player Comments 7th (209th) CB Alfonzo Dennard Nebraska Sr 5'10" 204 lbs. 4.55
 

Analysis: You want to take a chance on a talented, but troubled, cornerback? Do it in the 7th round, Mr. Fisher. Hard to impress value in a late round, but this guy has 2nd round talent and a 4th round grade AFTER his arrest.

Alfonzo Dennard vs Michigan St. 2011
Alfonzo Dennard vs Texas A&M & Oklahoma 2011
Alfonzo Dennard vs Iowa 2011

Show/Hide Player Comments 7th (252nd) P Shawn Powell Florida St. rSr 6'3 3/4" 248 lbs. 5.06
 

Analysis: Everyone thought we should've taken a punter in the draft. In hindsight, I would've. ;)


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Ramzee
Posted on: Thursday, May 03, 2012 @ 11:06 am
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"Sealing the interior of the offensive and defensive lines should be priority #1, because this will allow the talent on both sides of the ball the time and ability to do magical things."

lol I like that. If there were a quote of the moment on this site, this would have to make the list. Will comment more later.

Ramzee
Posted on: Thursday, May 03, 2012 @ 1:15 pm
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I remember you had Lamar Miller going in your dream draft in the 2nd. Always feels good to see guys you liked go a little later than you expected. Good value. Glenn is someone I liked as well as a 2nd rounder. Another value.

Wasn't real big on the Stephen Hill to the 2nd round hype. I see it in the measureables, I just couldn't draft a guy to be my future #1 for the Rams, with no other help, when he is as inexperienced and inconsistent as Hill is. Now on the flip side, if the guy develops and pans out as expected, you could have something special.

I like your reasoning on Dennard, whether or not Jenkins actually pans out. Jenkins could be special though, don't really see special in Dennard. Solid though and way more talented than the 7th round designation he got.

Nice draft!

jrry32
Posted on: Friday, May 04, 2012 @ 12:15 am
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I gotta strongly disagree that Hill is a more complete package or more game day
ready than Quick. If there's one thing I can't stand in a WR, it's an inability
to consistently catch the football. Hill drops far too many passes and has other
glaring holes in his game. He reminds me of Ashley Lelie.

I also am not a fan of Zach Brown. Like Hill, he's a great athlete that isn't a
great football player. He misses far too many tackles, has terrible technique and
isn't overly physical at times. I think Lavonte David will be a far better NFL
LB.

TGCummings
Posted on: Friday, May 04, 2012 @ 8:01 am
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Thanks for the feedback, guys! Yeah, David was on my radar, too, but Zach had my heart. Much like Hill. I like freaks with uncanny measureables but let's face it, Quick and Hill are both NFL projects that we have to take a wait-and-see approach on. Could be that neither produce much at the next level; could be that both wind up on Pro Bowl squads in just a couple of years. Beauty of the process is you take your measurements, watch your film, and make your guess.

The only thing I can tell you for certain is that I HOPE Quick becomes the far better player than Hill; I hope that with all my heart. ;)

Ramzee
Posted on: Friday, May 04, 2012 @ 3:16 pm
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Yup, we have Quick now whether we wanted him originally or not. I hope he makes many Pro Bowls. Doesn't hurt to have had a guy like Isaac Bruce read your card either.

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