St. Louis Rams

Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense32nd122.2 (7th)175.3 (31st)
Defense23rd113.8 (19th)254.1 (22nd)

Notes, Quotes

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--After the Rams selected safety Jermale Hines, coach Steve Spagnuolo and general manager Billy Devaney joked about adding another Ohio State player to the roster.

Speaking of Buckeye James Laurinaitis, the Rams' middle linebacker, Spagnuolo said, "I didn't want to listen to him yell at me because we didn't take an Ohio State guy, right?"

Said Devaney, "We started panicking a little bit. We realized it was getting late in the day and we hadn't added a Buckeye to the defense, so we thought we'd better not waste anymore time."

--In the fifth round, the Rams traded with Atlanta and moved down 13 spots while picking up a seventh-round choice.

Asked why the Rams weren't able to get a sixth-round choice, in a round they didn't have a pick, Devaney said, "In kind of the history of the draft, once you get into the fifth round, fifth-, sixth- , seventh-round guys making the team, it's not that great a difference from fifth rounders to seventh rounders. So if you can, in our mind, stockpile some extra picks, you're kind of playing the odds of hitting on a couple of guys.

"We didn't move back that far. It just dictated, we weren't going to get a sixth-round pick. The value, the compensation, didn't come close to being a sixth-round pick. The seventh-round pick was exactly the value of that trade."

--The draft ended without the Rams adding more depth b behind running back Steven Jackson.

Said Spagnuolo, "That's been in the discussion, and then you sit there and say, 'OK, here's where we're at. Which one do we want to take now?' You can't get them, whatever the 'needs' are, if somebody has a number on them, it's hard to get them all filled in a draft. That's why you have free agency and you have trades. I know Billy and the staff and everybody is doing their best job to get good football players."

Said Devaney, "Hopefully we get to the point - I think we are - we're not that far off that we go into a draft and we can be more position specific. We still have areas that we have to fill, and we're not going to do it all in seven rounds of a draft. That's just the reality of it. Fortunately, we're not kicking off next Sunday. We have whatever needs that aren't filled these next couple rounds and whatever we don't get in this draft, there's other ways to go about filling those needs, and we still realize what they are and what we have to do."

Asked if they hoped to get a running back in the draft, Devaney said, "No, we never really said we have to. If it happened, it happened. It was probably close a couple of times and we didn't force it, like, 'Gosh, we better reach for this guy because we have to have a running back.' There were running backs that we were thinking about taking and they went before our next pick came up. But we didn't react by saying, 'OK, we lost the back. Now we've got to drop down in value in this round and take a back no matter what if he doesn't warrant going there.' It didn't work out."

--Cornerback Mikail Baker and Rams tackle Jason Smith were teammates at Baylor.

Asked about their relationship, Baker said, "Me and Jason have been playing for a lot of years, before we even got to Baylor. We were both raised in Dallas and we were in the same district for four years. I mean for three years, I played against him. He played for W.T. White and I played for Skyline, so I've known Jason for a long time.

"He also is a converted player. When I first got there, we were both on the offensive side of the ball. He played tight end, I played receiver, but Jason couldn't catch a cold so that's why he played tackle."

Baker was switched from receiver to cornerback during his career at Baylor.

--Jesse Farmer, a senior at Pattonville High School in the St. Louis area, attended the draft as a guest of the Rams and did the announcement of the team's fourth-round pick.

Farmer played football at Pattonville, and his family home was destroyed by the tornados that hit on April 22. Farmer and his entire family attended the draft.

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