For something like two months the St. Louis Rams were given one, uniform set of 2012 NFL Draft results: Justin Blackmon at No. 6, with offensive linemen and defensive help after, in no particular order. Now: The Rams' draft results start with Michael Brockers, a mostly unexpected defensive tackle at No. 14, and move on to wide receivers in later rounds. Here're the complete draft results, for posterity:
No. 14 overall: DT Michael Brockers. Brockers is a raw pass-rusher who should provide immediate help at stopping the run. Which is good, since the Rams allowed 4.8 yards per carry last year. Some were skeptical, but here are four reasons not to hate the Michael Brockers pick as a Rams fan.
No. 33 overall: WR Brian Quick. Quick is a big, raw wide receiver who the Rams thought enough of to open the second round with. Which leaves us wondering what the Rams will do with Danario Alexander.
No. 39 overall: CB Janoris Jenkins. The Rams made an enormous gamble with Jenkins, who has Top 10 talent but also some major character problems. But it earned the Rams some high draft grades.
No. 50 overall: RB Isaiah Pead. Pead was a major surprise as the Rams' belated final second-rounder. He's a speedy change-of-pace running back who'll earn most of his touches on third down and could do some lining up as wide receiver. Here's 200 words about Isaiah Pead, which is 200 more than I knew before they drafted him.
No. 65 overall: CB Trumaine Johnson. The Rams' third rounder is a cornerback who might be a safety, big and quick but with a lot to learn before he'll worry Cortland Finnegan or Janoris Jenkins.
No. 96 overall: WR Chris Givens. Givens is the smaller, speedier counterpart to Brian Quick, confusing though that might be. He mentioned the Greatest Show on Turf immediately after being drafted, which is the right way to ingratiate yourself with the St. Louis Rams fanbase.
No. 150 overall: OG Rokevious Watkins. The Rams didn't have a fifth round pick, due to the Brandon Lloyd trade, until they swapped second-rounders with the Chicago Bears. They used their bounty to finally select an offensive lineman.
No. 171 overall: K Greg Zuerlein is a kicker, for some reason. But he's going to start!
No. 209 overall: LB Aaron Brown is a linebacker from the University of Hawaii, which might make him pals with Greg Salas.
No. 252 overall: With their near-irrelevant compensatory pick the St. Louis Rams drafted Daryl Richardson, a running back from Abilene Christian who has a shot at earning some special teams time if Isaiah Pead gets out of there.