*************2016 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

1.1 Jared Goff, QB, Cal

A fine pick. The Rams got the cleanest QB in the draft, addressed their biggest need, and are one of the few teams that ended the day instantly better. Sure they had to trade away their future picks, but the Rams are instantly better, and could compete even without the picks in the next few years.


I am torn on what to grade this pick. The Rams addressed the one need that they have needed to address for way too long. The team has a brutally nasty defense, some talent at receiver, and a very good runningback. Hopefully Goff can instantly even out the offense and help the team sneak into the playoffs.

*************2015 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.10 Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

The Rams took a beat up runningback with a bum knee at 10 when they have a decent guy from last year! But in a terrible draft pool like this and no player of value left over it makes a lot of sense here. Todd Gurley is the only player from this class that I think could be the best player in the league (at his position). If you can get him at 10 then great. Sure they could have reached on Ereck Flowers, but they got a great value. I love this pick, but if they counter it by not walking away with line and receiver depth the rest of the way then the team grade will be bad.


2.25 Rob Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin

This is way too early for him, but he is a mauling run blocker that will help Gurley move. The Rams also got a 3rd and 6th rounder to fall back which saves this pick.


3.72 Jamon Brown, OG, Louisville

Another pick that is early, but it is hard to hate them helping their biggest need.


3.89 Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State

This was a free pick so you can't hate it, but... eh. Mannion had a good pro day, and that is about it. They could have waited to make this pick and could have picked up extra help at receiver (or another 6th round offensive linemen)


4.119 Andrew Donnal, OT, Iowa

6.201 Bud Sasser, WR, Mizzoue

6.215 Cody Wichmann, OG, Fresno St

7.224 Bryce Hager, LB, Baylor

7.227 Martin Ifedi, DE, Memphis


It's hard to judge this team. The Rams are a very talented team, and they clearly got some guys that will make them better, but they took a ton of risks and poorly evaluated a lot of guys. It's hard to hate getting better though.

*************2014 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.2 Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

I won't hurt the Rams for taking Robinson, but I really don't understand his height. He played guard a year ago, is an elite run blocker in a passing league, and is very raw in pass protection. He really should have been in the middle of the draft. With that said he is an instant starter for the team, and outside of Sammy Watkins there wasn't an instant starter for them to take.


1.13 Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

Another guy that I don't quite love, I won't dock the team for the pick. He is a rushing monster with Geno Atkins potential.


2.41 Lamarcus Joyner, S, FSU

Good pick here. Rams needed safety help, and they got the best one left (and good value).


3.75 Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

Anyone who doesn't like this pick is an idiot. The team has some guys, but they don't have a Tre Mason. He is a MJD kind of bowling ball that was unstoppable at times this last year. A steal in the mid 3rd.


4.110 Maurice Alexander, S, Utah State

6.188 EJ Gaines, CB, Mizzou

6.214 Garrett Gilbert, QB, SMU

7.226 Michael Van Dyk, OT, Portland State

7.241 C.B. Bryant, S, OSU

7.249 Michael Sam, DE, Mizzou

I'm not going into this pick. He is actually a good value at this pick, but anyone with that much media is going to get taken off of boards.

7.250 Demetrius Rhaney, C, Tennessee State


I love this draft... for the Seahawks. The team did a good job of getting some great talent, and the team is better, but at the end of the day I don't think this team is any more of a playoff team than before the draft. The best pick was Tre Mason who can contribute, but the team ultimately got a right tackle and defensive line depth with two top-15 picks.

*************2013 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.8 Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

The Rams loved a guy and they jumped up to make sure that they got him. The pick cost them essentially a second and a seventh rounder to do so, but the team is getting a major threat and a huge upgrade.


1.30 Alec Ogletree, MLB/OLB, Georgia

The Rams lost a 2nd rounder earlier, but they got a 3rd and a 6th back to move back. They are getting a guy that I mocked to them about 10 picks earlier, and while I think there were a couple better guys, they are getting a major threat in the center of their defense.


3.71 T.J. McDonald, S, USC

Well.... Well McDonald may have been the best defensive player for USC last year, but that isn't saying much. He has potential, but there were 5+ other guys better and safer than him on the board.

3.92 Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia

I think it is safe to say that Sam Bradford will be ok with this draft. I would love to see the Rams have one big nasty receiver, but they have a ton of awesome weapons now.


4.113 Barrett Jones, RT/OG/C

Great versatile depth here.
5.149 Brandon McGee, CB, Miami

5.160 Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt


This is one of those drafts that I can get behind. I don't agree with every pick, and I do wish that they had gone after a runner, but this is a draft that helped the team on every part of the team. Two guys should splash immediately, and I see up to 5 starters.


 *************2012 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

1:14 Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

When it is all said and done the Rams went from the 2nd overall pick to the 14th overall pick for two 2012 2nd round picks, a 2013 1st rounder and a 2014 1st rounder. Great move. In all reality I'm not in love with the Brockers pick, but the trade value for it all was amazing.


2:33 Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State

I really wish that there was a bigger trade market for the 1st pick in the 2nd round, but there just never seems to be a blockbuster trade that happens. With that said, I love that the team got a receiver for Bradford, but the Quick was about 4 receivers too early.


2:39 Janoris Jenkins, CB, N. Alabama

Fisher got his Pac Man! Janoris Jenkins would have been the first corner off the board if he could behave. I hated him as a 1st round pick, but he is a steal here in the 2nd round, especially when you got him for trading with the Skins.


2: 50 Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati

The Rams picked up a 5th rounder to move down which definitely is awesome, but the team reached on Pead. Pead was at best the 6th best runner in the draft, and the team should have found away to keep trading down.


3: 65 Trumaine Johnson, S, Montana

I marked Johnson down as a safety because he will likely end up there or as a nickel. He has good potential and is a good value here.


4.96 Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest

A lot of people are treating this pick like Givens is guaranteed to splash, but those people probably thought that when the Rams drafted Mardy Gilyard with the 96th pick in 2010. I actually am happy with the Givens pick, but the team won't succeed until they get a real, solid option.


5.150 Rokevious Watkins, OG, South Carolina

I love that the team is getting some help, but this is a huge reach. Jeff Fisher hates drafting offensive lineman, which might explain why his teams never did well with pocket quarterbacks. This is one reason that I hated the Fisher hiring, because it might kill Sam Bradford.


6.171 Greg Zuerlin, K, Missouri Western

I actually like drafting kickers, and Zuerlin sounds like an intriguing kicker to plug in.


7.209 Aaron Brown, OLB, Hawaii

7.252, Daryl Richardson, RB, Abiline Christian 


This is the all-potential draft of the year. Brockers, Jenkins and Quick should all get starting time, but who knows if they will be as good as their potential. The team got ok depth throughout (except on their OL), but they did walk out with extra first round picks for awhile


*************2011 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 


1.14 Robert Quinn, DE, UNC

Robert Quinn fell because he had one year of production in college and had some major character issues. After a year off he also didn't impress at the combine. With that said, this was the perfect pick for the Rams who had few picks sitting there for them.


2.47 Lance Kendricks, TE, Wisconsin

There were so many wide receivers that fell to the team with this pick that I don't quite love the tight end pick, but it does fill a need and add a weapon.


3.78 Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State 
Pettis is a little bit of a reach here, but he is a huge asset for the team. Again, I'd rather the team went WR in the 2nd and TE here, but can't hate them for filling a big need.


4.112 Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii

Another very good pick. The team needed a slot to add to the mix, and Salas is possibly the best in the draft. 


5.158 Jermale Hines, S, Ohio State

This is a bit of a reach for Hines, but it was a position that could use some support.


7.216 Mikail Baker, CB, Baylor

A 7th round sleeper at corner. I say that because I've never heard of him.


7.228 Jabara Williams, OLB, Stephen A. Austin

A few friends in the community had Jabara as a huge sleeper, so a decent overall pick.


7.229 Jonathon Nelson, CB, Oklahoma

More good DB depth. No complaints here.


Draft Grade: A-

 I really like this Rams draft class. The team really knows what is going on right now in the league. Last year the team got a franchise QB, and built some protection around him. This year the team made sure to find that quarterback weapons while adding some late round defensive depth. Next year I expect the team to unload on defense, but that's a different story. In a division where Derek Anderson, Charlie Whitehurst, and Alex Smith are the other current starters I think the Rams have the right idea.


The more that I look through the picks, the more I love the Ram's draft. The team did more than any other team in the division to improve, and could easily be coached to win the division this year. But they are setting themselves up to need just a few more tools to contend. The team needs just a few more tools to be a major contender and if you evaluate this draft as the second of the three, then you have to be very happy.