|By Tony Moss, NFL Editor|
|Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Below we take a look at the 2010 draft selections of the St. Louis Rams, highlighting the ramifications of their two-day haul and assigning grades for their efforts.|
1 - Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma (6-4, 236);
2 - Rodger Saffold, T, Indiana (6-5, 316);
3 - Jerome Murphy, CB, South Florida (6-0, 196);
4 - Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati (6-0, 187);
5 - Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, Illinois (6-4, 264);
5 - Hall Davis, DE, Louisiana-Lafayette (6-4, 271);
6 - Fendi Onobun, TE, Houston (6-5, 250);
6 - Eugene Sims, DE, West Texas A&M (6-5, 248);
7 - Marquis Johnson, CB, Alabama (5-11, 192);
7 - George Selvie, DE, South Florida (6-4, 252);
7 - Josh Hull, LB, Penn State (6-2, 236)
Analysis: The Rams did what they had to do in picking Bradford, and will now have to try to get him signed and start a new chapter in team history. He was the most NFL-ready quarterback in this Draft, and it will be surprising if he's not the Week 1 starter. In the second, the Rams took a potential left tackle protector for Bradford, picking Saffold over other available LTs like Charles Brown (USC) and Bruce Campbell (Maryland). Murphy, the first pick of the third round, is a physical corner for a defense that could use a mean streak. Gilyard, the initial selection of the third day, will have a chance to get on the field immediately, as St. Louis possesses few credible receiving options. Hoomanawanui projects as a special-teamer. Davis, considered by some to be a Top 10 defensive end in this draft, has a high ceiling and could help. Onobun is a special-teams possibility who is better-known as a former basketball player at Arizona. Sims is unknown to everyone except Rams QB Keith Null, his former college teammate. The biggest name the Rams selected in the seventh round was Selvie, who was once regarded as an elite prospect but had a poor 2009 season and Senior Bowl.
Bottom Line: Succeeded at upgrading a terrible offense, failed at substantially bolstering a very thin front seven.