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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Rams address clear need at defensive tackle

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams have addressed almost every need but receiver after selecting Clemson defensive tackle Darell Scott in the fourth round (103rd overall).

A fourth-round defensive tackle generally has a chance to become part of the rotation in hopes of developing into something more. Scott appears to have the versatility to play inside or outside depending on the situation, based on what I've heard from scouts. Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo was with the Giants in 2007 when they used a third-round choice for defensive tackle Jay Alford, who also showed versatility.

The Rams, with Billy Devaney serving his first full season as general manager, are hoping to reverse their horrible luck with defensive tackles in past drafts (Claude Wroten, Jimmy Kennedy, Damione Lewis). The chart shows every defensive tackle Devaney's teams have drafted since he broke into the NFL with San Diego in 1990.

Draft Rd. Pick Devaney's Team Defensive Tackle
College Conference
1991
2 36 Chargers
George Thornton
Alabama
SEC
2003
2 57 49ers Anthony Adams
Penn St.
Big Ten
1995
3 93 Chargers Don Sasa
Wash. St.
Pac-10
2009 4 103
Rams Darell Scott
Clemson
ACC
2000 4 113
Chargers Leonardo Carson
Auburn
SEC
1999
5 139 Chargers Adrian Dingle
Clemson ACC
1992 6 147
Chargers
Reggie White
N.C. A&T
MEAC (I-AA)
1996 5 155
Chargers
Junior Soli
Arkansas
SEC
2002
5 172 49ers Josh Shaw Michigan St.
Big Ten
2007
6 185 Falcons Trey Lewis
Washburn
Mid-American (II)
1992
10 258 Chargers
Arthur Paul
Arizona St.
Pac-10