--Coach Jeff Fisher loves what he has in first-round pick Michael Brockers.
Said Fisher, "Michael, he's a big man. At 322 pounds he's explosive, he's very instinctive. For not having played, for not being a four-year starter, he's very, very instinctive. He can play across the face of blocks, he pushes the pocket, he can collapse, he can get on an edge, he plays with effort. I mean, what else can you say? And there's so much more ahead of him. He's going to develop into a fine player.
"And he's an outstanding young man, great character guy, hard worker. He's the complete package, now. He's what you want in a defensive tackle, especially in our division with the downhill runs and things like that. One person I know that's smiling right now is (linebacker) James Laurinaitis."
Asked if Brockers is NFL ready, Fisher said, "He's NFL ready. He's not what you refer to as a project that's going to take a couple years to get on the field and make a play here and there. He's going to play. He's a good football player."
With free-agent additions on the line like defensive tackles Kendall Langford and Trevor Law, and end William Hayes along with returning ends Chris Long, Robert Quinn and Eugene Sims, and returning tackle Darell Scott, general manager Les Snead said, "Not only do we get one of the players we wanted, but we made the defensive line unit one of our strongest units on the team."
Fisher also said Brockers was in a group of players being considered if the Rams had been forced to stay at six and pick.
Said Fisher, "We had Michael up there with No.-6 value and he was one of our considerations. We had other players up there with that No.-6 pick value, so when you have a number of players up there and the guy that you have interest in is no longer there, it makes sense to go. We talked about our needs and to be able to get pick No. 45 from Dallas was a deal we couldn't refuse."
--His off-field issues dropped cornerback Janoris Jenkins out of the first round, but the Rams are confident they will provide the support that will allow Jenkins to reach his potential.
"With Janoris, I don't see risk - but I see so much potential for reward," Fisher told Miochael Silver of Yahoo! Sports. "He has a chance to be a very productive player in this league. We can't change the past, but we can provide an opportunity for him to be successful in the future."
General manager Les Snead told Fisher, "This is part of the philosophy I've talked about - build, develop, coach. So everybody in this room who touches this player is going to be part of making him successful. He will be successful."
Jenkins ended up at North Alabama after marijuana use resulted in his departure from Florida. He already has four children with three women. Ass for the marijuana issue, Jenkins told the Palm beach (Fla.) Post, "I was just being a college student. I'm pretty sure there were more guys than me that smoked. I just got caught."
Jenkins also told SiriusXM, "Everybody that skipped over me, they just gonna pay for it. When they (Rams fans) get to know me, once you guys get to know me, I'm gonna be a role model for the kids outside of football. Y'all are gonna realize that I'm not a bad person, I just made a few mistakes and I learned from them. And y'all are also getting a great football player that's gonna buy into the program."
That's what Fisher is counting on. In their vetting of Jenkins, Fisher said, "We did Combine interviews, we had a top-30 visit, we had a member of our organization go down to Florida and spent several days down there, spent time in North Alabama. We talked to many, many, many people that crossed paths with him since he was a young boy growing up in Pahokee, Fla. So we did our work and every person we talked to said, 'Take him.'
"They said he's a great kid. He's an exceptional football player. Made a few mistakes in school, obviously has a young family, but he's got all that stuff under control. We've got plans in place and we're excited about his future here."
When asked if his time with Adam (Pacman) Jones with the Titans would help him deal with Jenkins, Fisher said, "I'm not anticipating any issues whatsoever with Janoris. OK; I'm not. The issues, (with) Pac was ... he checked out pretty good on all our background checks. He had one minor incident as a freshman. His issues came after he got into the league. Janoris is ... again we're not concerned about him. He's a first-round talent, he's a good football player. He's got one of the best in the room in Cortland Finnegan and he's going to be a great talent for us."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I mean, no, because I never shot up a strip club or nothing like that." - Cornerback Janoris Jenkins, asked on SiriusXM Radio, whether Rams coach Jeff Fisher liked him because of his experience with Adam (Pacman) Jones in Tennessee.
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