7th Round (207) – Brandon Kaufman, WR, Eastern Washington
Again, this regime didn’t draft Jon Baldwin, who seems to be slow to catch on in the NFL. Kaufman is 6-foot-5, 216 pounds and put up some eye-popping collegiate numbers. I'm talking video game numbers.
Now let’s get to the St. Louis Rams:
2nd Round (37) ***Acquired from CIN*** – D.J. Swearinger, FS, South Carolina
This was the pick they got from the Bengals in the earlier trade. The Rams currently have the worst group of safeties in the league. They’ve actually gotten worse at the position despite getting rid of Craig Dahl.
Swearinger, if you’ve ever seen him, play just looks like a Jeff Fisher kind of guy.
2nd Round (46) - ***Traded to New York Jets***
3rd Round (78) – Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
Call me crazy but I think Jeff Fisher, who LOVES physical running backs in a rotation, rolls the dice on Lattimore. He won’t be ready at the beginning of the year, but Lattimore seems determined to come back from the gruesome knee injury he suffered against Tennessee this year.
Knee injuries aren’t the death sentence they used to be, and before his, Lattimore was a first round pick, easily. St. Louis has plenty of speed in the backfield with Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson. Now they add a little size and a potential franchise back down the line.
3rd Round (84) ***Acquired from CIN*** – Zaviar Gooden, OLB, Missouri
This may look like a homer pick, but I can tell you for certain that the Rams have interest in the former Missouri Tiger.
The Rams sent coaches to personally work out Gooden at Mizzou’s pro day. He’s also the best athlete among the entire linebacking corps and Les Snead always looks to add athletes and speed to his roster.
Gooden can be an immediate force on special teams, and contribute in nickel packages as a safety-trapped-in-a-linebackers-body who is able to cover tight ends and running backs out of the backfield.
4th Round (113) – Sanders Commings, CB/S, Georgia
The Rams only have three cornerbacks on the roster, albeit, three very good ones. Commings is versatile enough to help at any spot in the defensive backfield.
5th Round (149) – Oday Aboushi, G/T, Virginia
Aboushi is versatile enough to play on the right side at tackle or kick inside to guard. There are no guarantees that Rodger Saffold stays with the Rams beyond 2013.
6th Round (184) – Conner Vernon, WR, Duke
The Rams really like Mizzou WR T.J. Moe, but instead opt for Conner Vernon. Vernon is like a metronome at wide receiver.
He catches everything. He’s tough. He’s smart. He’s the perfect replacement to Bradford’s old favorite security blanket, Danny Amendola.
And rest assured, the Rams will be taking more than one pass catcher in this draft. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they use two of their premium picks at wide receiver if they happen to miss out on Austin, the guy they really want.
7th Round (222) – Phillip Steward, OLB, Houston
Like the safety position, outside linebacker was a barren wasteland on this roster.