There's a common theme in early grades of the Rams' draft: taking risks on big talent with big question marks.
The media - locally and at large - has already made Janoris Jenkins the poster child of this draft and Jeff Fisher / Les Snead's risk/reward approach to adding talent. Jenkins' extensively documented rap sheet and just as extensively documented skillset make this an easy storyline to pick up on. Throw in some dramatic contrast against the "Four Pillars" philosophy of the previous regime, and you've got the makings of a nice little script.
But perhaps the biggest risk in the draft went six picks before Jenkins, as the Rams took little-seen wide receiver Brian Quick from Appalachian State University. To hear Ray Sherman tell it, the Rams may have acquired the next Terrell Owens. It's hard to get an endorsement any better than that without invoking the Almighty ... Jerry Rice, I mean.
The Rams coaches obviously liked what they saw in their hush-hush in-person scouting session, an all-essential component of their evaluation of a player with little to no game-tape against the kind of NFL-caliber competition that power-conference players like Rueben Randle or Julio Jones faced in school. But at least one avid tape-grinder whose opinion I respect is not as sanguine about the pick.
I discovered this while asking Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) about a shared personal favorite of ours at the top of Day 3: Cal receiver Marvin Jones. Waldman's immediate answer opened the door for a philosophical approach to the draft that goes 180 degrees from that of the new Rams front office. Here is our exchange, with additional input added via email after the fact.