2011 NFL Draft Grades: Austin Pettis A New Direction For Desperate Rams

For the St. Louis Rams, Austin Pettis's selection in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft is a chance to start over—to wipe the NFL Draft grades at wide receiver clean. Last year's middle-round gamble didn't pay off; Mardy Gilyard, a dynamic playmaker at Cincinnati, struggled to learn the playbook and disappeared with the Rams, even after injuries decimated the team's wide receiving corps, and nobody's quite sure where his future lies, even with a new playbook to learn or not learn. 

Pettis is a big target with average speed who caught 39 touchdowns in four years at Boise State. He's not going to appear on highlight reels for his work in the open field, but he's more likely than Gilyard, at this juncture, to actually get on the field.

Last year Sam Bradford's only consistent targets were short-yardage specialist Danny Amendola and the tight end flavor of the week. If Pettis gets up to speed faster than Gilyard he could give Bradford a slightly deeper option to trust, and a red zone target to acquire. That's worth a tentative B according to my rubric, especially if it means fewer bullets behind the line of scrimmage in Josh McDaniels's new offense. 

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation St. Louis

You must be a member of SB Nation St. Louis to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation St. Louis. You should read them.

Join SB Nation St. Louis

You must be a member of SB Nation St. Louis to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation St. Louis. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.