Tag:Orlando Pace
Posted on: April 27, 2009 1:32 am

Recapping the Rams Draft

The Rams knew the departure of Orlando Pace created a big hole at tackle, and the Rams didn't let a golden opportunity slip by them.  St. Louis selected Jason Smith of Baylor University with their No. 2 overall pick in the first round.  Eventhough the 6'5" 309 pound lineman was converted from tight end, he has the skills necessary to take over for the Rams at left tackle.  Filling the spot of Orlando Pace isn't an easy task because that is Marc Bulger's blind side. 

In the second round the Rams selected James Laurinatis of Ohio State.  He is tagged as one of the most productive linebackers in the history of Ohio State football.  He started 39 of the 51 games he played in as a buckeye and recorded 375 tackles which includes 24.5 for loss of yards.  He racked up 13 sacks and also forced four fumbles.  In college he played middle linebacker which will allow the Rams to move Chris Draft and Will Witherspoon back to the outside linebacker positions.   

While I was a little upset that the Rams didn't select Aaron Curry in the 1st round, I am happy that we drafted a top priority in selected a lineman.  The second round pick of Laurinatis really excites me.  I think this is a great pick for the Rams, and he should fit nicely into our defense.  We needed to shore up our defense and we got a very talented playmaker that can play inside linebacker. 

Day 2 of the draft saw the Rams select Bradley Fletcher of Iowa with the second pick of the 3rd round.  Fletcher, 6'1 196 pounds, is slated to be either the nickel or dime back for the Rams defense.  He only started 4 games previous to his senior year, but showed lots of promise in his performance against South Carolina in the Outback Bowl. 

Darrell Scott of Clemson was selected by the Rams in the 4th round.  He has a 6'4" frame to go along with 312 pounds of run-stopping ability.  The Rams are hoping that Scott can rotate with Adam Carriker and Clifton Ryan to give help to the Rams woes of run defense.  Before suffering injuries in his senior year Scott tallied 161 tackles, 9 sacks, and 18.5 tackles for loss in three years of starting. 

The Rams turned their attention to wide receiver taking Brooks Foster from North Carolina.  Foster hauled in 97 receptions for 1237 yards during his college career including 6 touchdowns.  He had a knee injury during his senior year, but had successful surgery after the season ended.  The need is certainly there for Foster, as Torry Holt was released to create cap room, and Drew Bennett never panned out after signing a big contract before the 2007 season. 

In the sixth round the Rams went quarterback as they selected Keith Null of West Texas A&M.  Null 6'3" 220 pounds was mentored by coach Ryan Leaf as he served as a backup his first two seasons.(thats right former No. 2 pick overall bust Ryan Leaf).

Chris Ogbonnaya was the Rams' final choice of the 2009 NFL Draft.  A product of Texas, whose name I have no idea how to pronounce, had 73 carries for 373 yards with 4 touchdowns in 2008.  He coupled that with 46 receptions for 540 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Overall I feel pretty good about the picks the Rams made.  With the new coaching staff in place I feel this team is heading in a positive direction.

Posted on: November 17, 2008 1:53 am
Edited on: November 17, 2008 1:54 am

Week 11 Rams @ 49ers

Rams 16 @ 49ers 35

After getting whooped on the east coast by the New York Jets 47-3, the Rams traveled to the west coast to face NFC West rival San Francisco.  The 49ers, losers of six straight games would start out red hot and never have to worry about the outcome of this game.  Despite the Rams shutting out the 49ers in the second half, St. Louis surrendered 28 second quarter points falling to last place in the division with a 2-8 record.   

Frank Gore got the scoring started for San Francisco on a 5 yard touchdown run that was set up by Allen Rossum's 29 yard punt return giving the offense a short field to work with.  The Rams would answer back by settling for a Josh Brown 24 yard field goal.  After having 1st and goal from the 49ers 5 yard line, St. Louis couldn't put the ball in the end zone resulting in 3 points.  San Francisco would score touchdowns on their next four possessions.  Vernon Davis scored on a 2 yard pass by Shaun Hill to extend the 49ers lead to14-3.  On the following drive for the Rams, Marc Bulger fumbled at his own 16 yard line that set up Frank Gore's 1 yard touchdown run, his second on the day.  Next, Bulger was intercepted by Walt Harris which resulted in Shaun Hill's 1 yard touchdown run.  Lastly, the 49ers scored on another 2 yard pass from Hill to Bryant Johnson to close the quarter.  Going into halftime it was 35-3 49ers; almost as bad as the previous week when it was 40-0 Jets at the half.   

St. Louis would outscore the 49ers 13-0 in the second half to make the final 35-16.  Josh Brown connected on field goals from 44 and 48 yards.  The Rams finally found the end zone in the final two minutes of the game as Marc Bulger hooked up with Dane Looker for a 2 yard touchdown pass. 

Turnovers hurt the Rams badly and gave the 49ers short fields to work with.  The defense played poorly again, but it doesn't help their cause when their backs are already against the wall.  The 1985 Bears would have trouble keeping opponnents off the scoreboard when the drive starts in the red zone.  Marc Bulger had all three of the Rams' turnovers having 2 passes intercepted and 1 fumble lost. 

Antonio Pittman did a decent job filling in for Steven Jackson again, as he continues to nurse an injured right thigh.  Pittman carried the ball 14 times for 95 yards.  That's a pretty good performance for a backup running back on the road. 

Orlando Pace, Ronald Bartell, and Richie Incognito left in the 1st half with injuries that could mean they miss some playing time. 

Rams Player of the Game

Donnie Avery had a career best 9 receptions for 93 yards today.  He progresses more and more each game as he learns the ropes.  I think he will just keep getting better.  He has game breaking speed and is capable of beating defenders. 

Week 12 Matchup

St. Louis heads back home to take on the Chicago Bears.  Chicago (5-5) lost to Green Bay 37-3 at Lambeau Field.  The Bears defense is in trouble as they are getting beat badly on defense against the run as well as the pass.  The Bears feature a great rookie running back in Matt Forte, whom is a fun player to watch. 

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