Thursday, April 26, 2012
Brockers helps Rams' defense, not their QB
By Mike Sando
The St. Louis Rams watched the Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals snatch up wide receivers in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft.
That left the Rams to address another need when they selected LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers with the 14th overall choice.
The question now becomes whether the Rams were right in letting Justin Blackmon (Jaguars) and Michael Floyd (Cardinals) land elsewhere, leaving quarterback Sam Bradford without a No. 1 wide receiver. Both wideouts came off the board one spot ahead of where the Rams were scheduled to select.
Brockers, 6-foot-5 and 322 pounds, does give the Rams a starter at a position of great need. The team signed veteran defensive tackle Kendall Langford in free agency, but that move was only the beginning. There was much more work to be done after the Rams gutted the position.
The Rams still have the 33rd, 39th and 45th choices, all second-rounders.
St. Louis has too many needs to focus on just one of them. The Rams' strategy to this point -- accruing lots of picks at the price of position within a round -- will test their ability to find quality later in the draft.
Outside linebacker is another position the Rams need to address in this draft.