ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams opened the second day of the NFL draft by taking Indiana offensive tackle Rodger Saffold.
The Rams took quarterback Sam Bradford with the No. 1 pick on Thursday, and moved to protect that investment by taking Saffold with the 33rd overall selection Friday night.
The 6-4, 312-pound Saffold started 41 games in his college career and was a second-team All-Big Ten pick as a senior.
During his tenure in the lineup, the Hoosiers had 29 100-yard games.
The Rams hung onto the pick despite widespread rumors they would be willing to trade down. They've been dissatisfied with incumbent left tackle Alex Barron.
The St. Louis Rams addressed defense in the third round of the NFL draft, taking cornerback Jerome Murphy of South Florida.
The 6-foot, 196-pound Murphy started at cornerback, strong safety and nickel back his senior season and started all 13 games. He holds the school career record by playing in 52 games, 25 of them starts, and has been praised for his ability on press coverage.
The Rams are thin at cornerback behind starters Ron Bartell and Bradley Fletcher.
St. Louis was 29th in both total offense and defense last season and upgraded offense the first two rounds. Quarterback Sam Bradford was the first overall pick on Thursday.
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