The third round of the draft has been a mixed bag for the Rams so far under Devaney. He has yet to move aggressively up or down, into or out of the round, and their value board seems to settle on slightly flawed players that project to fill a need, more or less.
2008: G - John Greco. Greco is a straight-line blocking force who has seemingly matured into the discussion for the starting guard spot, but for whatever reason struggles to stay on the field. Potentially a very nice value pick, but only if he wins that job.
2009: CB - Bradley Fletcher. Fletcher lost most of his rookie season to the Turf Monster, but has become a starter at cornerback in his second season. A definite win.
2010: CB - Jerome Murphy. Last year saw the Rams reach for cornerback again, choosing the physical safety/CB crossover Jerome Murphy. But outside of a handful of special teams hits, Murph wasn't able to make a big splash in his rookie season, struggling in coverage when he played, riding the pine when he didn't. The jury is out, but the Rams may have to change their plan on Murphy if he's going to realize the draft value of a top-100 pick.
And if 2011 plays out the way it does in the latest mock draft by Erik Galko of Optimum Scouting, the Rams could dip into the defensive backfield ranks for the third year in a row -- a move seemingly necessary after we lost the Atogwe sweepstakes.
14. St. Louis Rams - Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
Ideally they'd like Julio Jones for develop with Sam Bradford as a franchise #1 receiver. However, based on his workout, there seems to be no way that will happen now for the Rams. Still, they can fill another need by adding a dominant pass rusher for this Steve Spagnuolo that values attacking the quarterback with multiple rushers. Quinn is a good value here and can be a dynamic 4-3 rusher in the mold of Justin Tuck and Julius Peppers with time.
47. St. Louis Rams - Titus Young, WR, Boise State
-Missed out on a receiver in the 1st, Young is a deep threat that could give Josh McDaniels weapons
78. St. Louis Rams - DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson
-Atogwe is gone, and though it's not a great time to find his replacement, McDaniel has the talent
DeAndre McDaniel didn't wow at the NFL Combine, but in a weak safety class still projects as top-3 or top-5 at the position. His consensus scouting report casts him as an aggressive and productive tackler, something you'd expect from a converted linebacker, and he flashes a little bit of ball skills as well. However, he has a huge character blemish on his record stemming from an ugly aggravated assault and battery arrest in 2008. Obviously Spagnuolo's Four Pillars exam would be applied sternly to the player before a pick was made.
Would this pick be a good move or an opportunity missed? That depends on how you think about the value of the pick, and the talent already on the Rams roster.