Jeff Curry, US PRESSWIRE
April 27, 2012
The Rams did what a team finishing last in the division four of the past five seasons is supposed to do -- fill as many holes as possible in coach Jeff Fisher's first season. But in moving down repeatedly to add draft choices, the Rams gave up on opportunities to get blue-chip talent from their initial No. 2 overall pick (traded to Washington) and No. 6 overall pick (traded to Dallas) and instead gambled on the upside of LSU DT Michael Brockers (above) at No. 14. The Rams filled holes at receiver (Brian Quick, Chris Givens) and cornerback (Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson), in theory. Quick, in particular, is also a developmental prospect and virtually all of St. Louis' choices have character red-flags. It's not unreasonable to argue that kicker Greg Zuerlein might be the team's most impactful rookie, and that's not necessarily a great endorsement. Fisher has made a career out of getting talented but troubled players to perform well and he'll have to do the same with this crew. Jenkins serves as a perfect microcosm of the entire St. Louis draft, a boom-or-bust player that is all risk until proven otherwise.