The St Louis Rams and their number one draft pick may have a long road ahead getting back to the top of the NFL. Drafting a quarterback number one is a 50-50 shot for most NFL teams and when the pick does pay off it is usually a few years down the road.
St Louis Rams first NFL Draft pick and first overall Sam Bradford.
Sam Bradford, the coveted quarterback from Oklahoma, may not start right away for St Louis, but he will have to see the field in the 2010 NFL season. Bradford is the most NFL ready quarterback to come out of the draft but his injuries over the last two seasons gave some teams doubts as to his durability.
Bradford is good under center or out of the shotgun and has a quick release. Bradford has great instincts for a quarterback and normally, has a sixth sense to move out of the way at the right time. Of course, if he was perfect he would have never got clobbered and injured, so take that evaluation with a grain of salt. Bradford will play in his first NFL season but late in the season.
St Louis Rams second NFL Draft pick and 33rd overall Roger Saffold.
Roger Saffold, an offensive tackle from Indiana, gives St Louis some versatility on the offensive line, since he can play anywhere on the line. Saffold will be used as a super-sub to keep the St Louis offensive line fresh during games. Saffold will see action in his first NFL season.
St Louis Rams third NFL Draft pick and 65th overall Jerome Murphy.
Jerome Murphy, a cornerback from South Florida, is a boom or bust corner. He is not afraid to gamble for the pick and this leads to him looking foolish on occasion. Murphy is good with the back peddle and can cover to the outside of the field but his gambling ways could find him on the bench or the UFL if doesn’t listen to his new coaches. Murphy will have the opportunity to play in the his first NFL season.
St Louis Rams fourth NFL Draft pick and 99th overall Mardy Gilyard.
Mardy Gilyard, a wide receiver from Cincinnati, is the gem of the St Louis draft. Gilyard is a total package, with speed, great hands and outstanding play making ability. Gilyard is also an explosive returner that can be a game changer at critical moments of a game. Gilyard will play in his first NFL season and could be an NFL Rookie of the Year candidate.
St Louis Rams fifth NFL Draft pick and 132nd overall Michael Hoomanawanui.
Michael Hoomanawanui, a blocking tight end from Illinois, follows a trend for the last year, of adding big blocking tight ends. Hoomanawanui is a big tight end but he does not have the power of most large tight ends. Hoomanawanui will play in his first NFL season but need to add some weight to continue to be a force in the NFL
St Louis Rams sixth NFL Draft pick and 149th overall Hall Davis.
Hall Davis, a defensive end from tiny Louisiana-Lafayette, is quick off the corner and has a nose for the quarterback but his small school experience could be a detriment. Davis will see the field on occasion in his first NFL season and if the Rams start off poorly, he will see more time.
St Louis Rams seventh NFL Draft pick and 170th overall Fendi Onobun.
Fendi Onobun, another tight end grabbed by St Louis, played four years for Arizona. Onubon is the receiving tight end to compliment their first pick. Onubun is the perfect tight end, not afraid to run the route across the middle and take the hit as well as deliver it. Onubon will make the team and play some special teams in his first NFL season.
St Louis Rams eighth NFL Draft and 189th overall Eugene Sims.
Eugene Sims, a defensive end from West Texas, is a speedy rusher that can get to the quarterback and help out on the run when needed. Sims will have to deal with the raised expectations of the NFL but he will make the team. Sims will play in the NFL in his first season and play special teams.
St Louis Rams ninth NFL Draft and 211th overall Marquis Johnson.
Marquis Johnson, a defensive back from Alabama, will have his work cut out for him to make the team. Johnson was part of a solid defense at Alabama but many question his ability to make the jump to the NFL. Johnson will earn his spot on the team based on the first three pre season games.
St Louis Rams 10th NFL Draft pick and 226th overall George Selvie.
George Selvie, a defensive end from South Florida, was over shadowed by Jason Pierre-Paul last season and that could benefit St Louis. Selvie has an excellent first move off the snap of the ball and knows how to find the quarterback. He also has a tremendous ability to chase down and tackle offensive players. Selvie will make the team in his first NFL season.
St Louis Rams 11th and final NFL Draft pick and 254th overall Josh Hull.
Josh Hull, a linebacker from linebacker U, Penn State, is a great pick up with the last NFL Draft pick for St Louis.
Hull was drafted for one reason, special teams and will make the team in his first NFL season.
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