Instant Analysis: Rams Fill Needs On Final Day

The St. Louis Rams started the final day of the 2013 NFL Draft needing to find depth in the backfield, the secondary and on the offensive line. After making one trade and making three selections, the Rams added three players with great leadership skills to their roster.

St. Louis drafts Alabama OG/OC/T Barrett Jones with the 113th selection.

While fans were screaming for a running back here, the Rams front office found a player who brings solid skills, intelligence and adds much needed depth and versatility in Barret Jones. The two-time All-American played well at all five positions on the line. To go along with his national championships Jones won the Rimington and William V. Campbell trophies in 2012 and claimed the Wuerffel, Outland, and Jacobs Blocking trophies in 2011. The addition of someone with his skill set is especially important considering the age and health issues that have plagued center Scott Wells and the impending situation with Rodger Saffold. He is coming off a foot injury, but should be good to go in Week 1. It might not have been the “sexy” pick, but it was a great value pick for the Rams.

Jones Tweeted this picture shortly after his selection:

Rams select Miami (FL) CB Brandon McGee with the 149th pick.

The Rams needed to use one of their final three picks to add depth in the secondary. McGee has some explosiveness and displays great recovery speed. He has strong hands and plays loose and is capable of sticking routes over the middle or flipping and covering the sidelines on the deep ball. He will need to improve as a blitzer and isn’t that tall, standing at just 5’11, but he is capable of playing bigger than he his. With only 3 other corners on the roster heading into the draft, this pick makes a lot of sense in the 5th round. McGee reacts to being picked on Twitter:

St. Louis trades both 6th round picks (184, 198) to Houston for 160th pick to select Vanderbilt RB Zac Stacy. 

Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy. (Photo:http://www.vucommodores.com)

Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy.
(Photo:http://www.vucommodores.com)

After missing out on Marcus Lattimore and Stepfan Taylor, who found homes in San Francisco and Arizona, the Rams needed to get a bigger back. Sending both 6th rounders to the Texans so they could pick up a workhorse like Zac Stacy makes perfect sense. Stacy is coming off his second consecutive season with more than 1,000 yards and at least 10 touchdowns. He carried the ball 207 times in 2012 and finished his career with 3,143 yards and 30 touchdowns, both are school records. He is an ideal fit for the Rams offense and will make a solid compliment back for Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead.

Stacy reacts to his selection on Twitter:

The Rams picked up everything they needed on the final day of the draft and should finish with one of the best draft classes in the league. I’ll be releasing my overall grade later today and am anxious to see how other analysts grade the Rams overall draft.

Current and Former Rams React To Day 3 Selections on Twitter.

Rams defensive end Robert Quinn:

Rams running back Terrance Gannaway:

Former wide out, “Big Game” Torry Holt:

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