101ESPN St. Louis audio: Miklasz Show

December, 28, 2012
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The Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams will rely heavily on their 2012 draft classes when facing one another in a Week 17 game at CenturyLink Field.

Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers will be chasing Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Robert Turbin. First, though, Brockers might have to get past Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy.

If Brockers does his job well, teammate Janoris Jenkins might have a better chance of picking off Wilson's passes.

When the Rams have the ball, Seattle's Bruce Irvin will try to get sacks before the Rams can complete passes to wide receivers Brian Quick and Chris Givens. Teammate Bobby Wagner will be trying to tackle Quick, Givens, Daryl Richardson and possibly Isaiah Pead.

If those Seattle defensive rookies help stop the Rams' offense, we can expect St. Louis kicker Greg Zuerlein to line up for field goals.

Every player mentioned to this point was a 2012 draft choice for the Rams or Seahawks.

As the chart shows, each team has gotten offensive or defensive snaps from nine of the 10 players it drafted in 2012.

Those players have combined for nearly 6,000 snaps on offense or defense, to say nothing of their contributions on special teams. They have combined for nearly 200 games and more than 70 starts. And they have done it for teams with a combined 17-12-1 record, a sign of just how far the NFC West has advanced recently.

Bernie Miklasz and I discussed these draft classes among other subjects during our latest conversation on 101ESPN St. Louis. Here is the audio.

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