ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Choosing Sam Bradford No. 1 over a pair of highly-touted defensive tackles set the tone for the St. Louis Rams. All three days, they concentrated on improving the NFL's puniest offense.
Five of the first seven picks went to upgrading an attack that averaged just 10.9 points per game and mustered a touchdown or fewer in 13 games with Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson the lone threat. The early exceptions: South Florida cornerback Jerome Murphy to begin the third round and end Hall Davis of Louisiana-Lafayette in the fifth.
Indiana offensive tackle Rodger Saffold (second round) adds protection for Bradford after allowing just one sack his senior season. Prolific Cincinnati wide receiver Mardy Gilyard (fourth) fortifies the team's weakest position. Tight ends Michael Hoomanawanui of Illinois and Fendi Onobun of Houston were taken in the fifth and sixth.
"Was it perfect?" general manager Billy Devaney said. "No draft is ... but I feel great about how the three days went."
So much offense, they could afford to reach for the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Onobun. After four years as a reserve basketball player at Arizona, Onobun transferred to Houston for his first taste of organized football since the seventh grade, totaling two catches for 33 yards and a touchdown, but he impressed a pair of Rams assistants at a workout last week.
"We're taking a flyer, we know that," Devaney said. "It's a project in its truest sense. But if you get a starter from the fifth round on, you're kind of lucky to be honest."