Day 2 Draft Blog: The latest on the Rams, NFL Draft

Day 2 Draft Blog: The latest on the Rams, NFL Draft

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Michael Brockers (R) of LSU holds up a jersey as he stands on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected #14 overall by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

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by Jeff Abeln / News 4 Sports

KMOV.com

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 12 at 12:28 AM

(FootballStL) -- With their final pick of the night (65th overall) the rams chose corner back Trumaine Johnson out of Montana. 

Johnson is on a conference call right now and said, 'I can't even explain it. I'm so happy right now.'

Johnson has good size for a corner (6'2, 204) and said he hopes he'll play there, but said if the Rams ask him to play safety he said he will.

In the meantime, Steven Jackson is tweeting, "Someone please tell Isaiah Pead I'm trying to call him."  Nice to see the captain already reaching out to the rookie; classy touch. (Update: 8:58 p.m.)

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Isaiah Pead just spoke with the media and he sounds like a very intelligent person; extremely well spoken.

He admits he's a bit small (5'10) but says one of his strengths his his strength. He loves to work out and takes pride in it.  He also says his speed and vision are strengths as well.

Pead plans on being a sponge around Steven Jackson. He says, 'I'll be in his back pocket.'  Pead wants to learn as much as he can from the three time Pro Bowler.

I can't wait to see these two in camp.  Jackson is a team guy first, but there's NO WAY he wants to lose his starting job.  Jackson will take time to show Pead the ropes no doubt about that.  (Update: 7:49 p.m.)

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The Rams drafted a running back with their 4th pick in the draft. (50th overall).  Isaiah Pead out of Cincinnati is the newest Ram.

Pead finished sixth in school history with 545 rushing attempts, good enough for over 3,200 yards; third best career total in school history.

Pead was named the 2011 Big East Conference Offensive Player of the year, 2011 Liberty Bowl MVP and 2012 Senior Bowl MVP.

You can bet Steven Jackson will do his best in helping Pead adapt to the NFL lifestyle, on, and off the field. (Update: 7:33 p.m.)

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The Rams traded the 45th pick to the Bears for the 50th pick and a fifth-round selection. (Update: 7:10 p.m.)

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With their third pick in the draft the Rams went with a corner back/return specialist, Janoris Jenkins out of the University of North Alabama. (39th overall).

During his college career, three years at Florida and one at North Alabama, he was touted as a shutdown corner.

Jenkins has endured legal trouble throughout his college career.  Jenkins was kicked out of Florida after three arrests and testing positive for marijuana multiple times according to nfl.com.

Jenkins just got done with his media conference call.  He was asked if he was surprised he was still around in the second round, he said, "kind of surprised."

The former All-American said he was pretty sure his 'off the field' issues hurt his draft stock, but said he has put his legal troubles in the past and he's ready to move forward.  Jenkins was asked now that he's in the NFL can he stay out of trouble, he answered, "yes, positive." (Update: 6:58 p.m.)  

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The Rams second pick (33rd) overall, Brian Quick, just gone done with a conference call with the media here at Rams Park.

He seemed extremely, extremely excited when talking with us.  He called from his house in Columbia, South Carolina.

Quick said he did not expect to get drafted this high.  He said it was an honor that Issac Bruce and Torry Holt called his name when the announced the Rams' selection.

The former Appalachian State University Mountaineer said he wants to help the organization and add to the success of the Rams. (Maybe he meant improve the success of the Rams).

Quick said his strengths are 'good speed, and great hands.'

An interesting note about Brian Quick is that he didn't play football until his senior year of high school; his cousin persuaded him to play. (Update: 6:45 p.m.)  

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The Rams select wide receiver Brian Quick from Appalachian State University with their second pick. (33rd overall).

Quick caught 202 passes for 3,148 yards and 31 touchdowns.  Quick ran  4.55 in the 40-yard dash.

Quick is a big target at 6'3 and 220 pounds, so I'm sure Sam Bradford is excited.

Was he their first receiver they wanted, no, but the Rams hope Quick can make fans forget about missing out on Blackmon and Floyd 'quickly'. (sorry I had to)

The Rams have two more picks in the second round and one in the third round. (Update: 6:11 p.m.)

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