Tag:Will Witherspoon
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: October 20, 2008 1:32 am
Edited on: October 20, 2008 1:35 am

Week 7 Rams Report

Dallas Cowboys 14 @ St. Louis Rams 34

Dallas is in a world of hurt without Tony Romo, and they figured that out quickly when Brad Johnson got the start.  Despite Marion Barber giving Dallas a 7-0 lead on his 1 yard touchdown run, the Rams would be in control the rest of the afternoon. 

On the opening drive for the Rams, rookie receiver Donnie Avery had a nice touchdown reception for 42 yards from Marc Bulger to tie the game at 7 all.  Steven Jackson would run all over the Cowboys for 160 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Two of Jackson's runs came in the 1st quarter to give the Rams a 21-7 lead.  St. Louis in fact would score 34 consecutive points until Dallas added a garbage score in the final 2 minutes of the game to make it 34-14, which was the final. 

The defense cane up big today and was able to make Brad Johnson's day a living nightmare.  He threw for 3 interceptions and was sacked 3 times.  O.J. Atogwe came up with 2 of those pics, with Will Witherspoon getting the other.  Johnson was never able to get into a rythum and was lucky he was only intercepted 3 times.  Several passes were in and out of the hands of Rams defenders but couldn't hang on. 










The Rams improved their record to 2-4 while Dallas fell to 4-3.  St. Louis is in 2nd place in the NFC West two games behind the Arizona Cardinals.  With this win Jim Haslett improves to 2-0 as head coach of the Rams after the game after taking over for Scott Linehan. 

Rams Player of the Game

No doubt its Steven Jackson.  He had an amazing game rushing for 160 yards on 25 attempts and scoring 3 touchdowns, including a 56 yarder in the 3rd quarter.  He also added 2 receptions for 16 yards. 









Week 8 Matchup

St. Louis travels out east to Foxboro, Massachusettes to take on the New England Patriots.  New England is a lot more managable without Tom Brady, but still feature explosive Randy Moss and a pretty good running attack with Sammy Morris

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