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Rams Draft Wrap

by Steve Savard

KMOV.com

Posted on April 27, 2008 at 4:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 3:26 PM

I thought it would be Glenn Dorsey's name called yesterday but Chris Long should help the Rams as well. After sitting down with Long for an extended interview (which will air tonight on Sports Sunday), I understand why the Rams brass was so impressed with him. He's articulate, humble and driven. He's exactly the kind of guy St. Louis sports fans love to embrace. Think Grant Wistrom, who was immensely popular here.

To me, the make or break pick of the draft is the second round selection of Donnie Avery of Houston. He was the first wide receiver taken in the draft. That means the Rams had their pick to fill their need. They chose a guy who was not among the highest rated at his position. The draft experts consider it a reach. So if he doesn't pan out, the Rams will be skewered for the pick. I'll say this for Avery though---his strengths are what the Rams need. Avery has great pure speed and he's aggressive with the ball after the catch. He can also return kicks. Time will tell on this one but the Rams really need Avery to produce.

The steal of the draft may be the fifth round pick---offensive guard Roy Schuening of Oregon State. Steven Jackson recommended him to the coaching staff a couple months ago. His college career was a lot like Mark Setterstom's at Minnesota. Schuening started 50 games and is considered strong and intelligent (he was an academic all Pac 10 selection). He projects as a guard or center although he did play tackle last season due to injuries. He's considered a strong run blocker.


I like the fact that the Rams addressed offensive line needs on day two. It just remains to be seen how much help third round pick John Greco of Toledo will be right away. .

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