2009 NFL draft revisited: Rams

December, 4, 2010
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A quick look at the St. Louis Rams' 2009 draft class ...

Best pick so far: James Laurinaitis, MLB, Ohio State. The Rams took him in the second round when some thought USC's Rey Maualuga was the better prospect. The Rams were right. Laurinaitis became a starter right away and he continues to improve.

Second-guessing: The Rams wound up using the second overall choice for a right tackle. Conventional wisdom says that's not great value even though Jason Smith looks like he'll be a solid starter for years to come. Smith looks better than some of the players taken immediately after him, including fellow tackle Andre Smith.

Key variable: Third-round choice Bradley Fletcher. The Rams paid a steep price for moving him into a backup role against the San Francisco 49ers.

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