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Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Drafting for defense: Rams

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

DraftRd.PickRams Pick
Pos.Rams Starter?Pro Bowls
200812Chris Long
DEYes0
2007113Adam Carriker
DTYes0
2007384Jonathan Wade
CBNo0
2006115Tye Hill
CBYes0
2006368Claude Wroten
DTNo0
2006377Jon Alston
LBNo0
2005250Ron Bartell
CBYes
0
2005366
Oshiomogho Atogwe
SYes0
2004391
Anthony Hargrove
DENo0
2003112Jimmy Kennedy
DTNo0

The premise: The Rams' defense, like most in the NFC West, has struggled this season.

A closer look: The chart shows the last 10 defensive players St. Louis drafted in the first three rounds.

The facts: None of the 10 has earned a Pro Bowl berth. Five of the 10 were defensive linemen. Of those, only Chris Long and Adam Carriker have promising futures with the team. Cornerback Tye Hill, recovering from knee surgery, has struggled. The only linebacker of among the 10, Jon Alston, serves as a backup for Oakland.

The future: Long and Carriker appear headed for productive careers. Wroten is serving a suspension. Atogwe had eight interceptions in 2007, but it's unclear whether he'll become a consistently good player over time.