It is no secret that we think Trumaine Johnson should have been the third or fourth corner off the board and St. Louis got a steal by nabbing him in the Third Round.
Let’s take a look at what other sites had to say and how they are reacting:
From Turf Show Times:
I will try and see if I can get ahold of him tonight and ask him on his thoughts… Griznation is so damn proud right now. Its pretty cool to have another kid from Missoula now on our roster. Yall will love this kid. He can be a little rigid but, he will pour his heart out on the field. TRUST ME! – RamRocker
From the Washington Post:
NFL.com said the 6-foot-2, 204-pound Johnson was arguably one of the best prospects to emerge from the Big Sky Conference in several years and he was rated the best draft prospect at the small college level and most underrated defensive back by the NFL draft report. Johnson started 42 of 47 games at Montana and had 15 career interceptions.
From the St. Louis Rams:
Johnson is a lanky defender who has the athletic ability to stay in a receiver’s hip and make plays. He uses his arms effectively in press coverage and jabs receivers to interrupt their routes and timing within the offense. He understands when to react in zone and possesses the long speed to take risks there and still recover. He is good at reading the receiver’s hips, reacting to their drop and quickly making a play on the ball. He is a very effective tackler and imposing athlete at the position.
From the reaction of the fans, the media and the Rams themselves, we are feeling pretty good about having Trumaine rated so high. One thing we do know is that speed, blanket coverage and hard hitting don’t slump. The AFC West just got a lot tougher in the secondary and the Rams look to have made some serious improvements in the 2012 Draft.
This 6’4″ 210 lb. wide out is a solid pick for a team that just lost their number 2 receiver to the San Francisco 49ers, Mario Manningham. Manningham, you’ll remember, is the guy that caught that beautiful seam up the sideline in the Super Bowl.
Rueben Randle will fill a need for the Giants, who have been lacking a guy that can go up and get it since the loss of Plaxico Burress.
Randle is a tall receiver who displays good balance throughout his route and leans on his defender well to create separation. He is learning how to work routes downfield and is a strong catcher of both high and low balls. He has good flexibility and really came along as a junior with his overall field awareness and ability to diagnose coverages to find his spots in zones.
Randle only had a semi-productive senior season, but a lot of that had to do with inconsistent quarterbacking. He won’t have that issue in NY, and Eli Manning will let this rookie know exactly what his role is in the Giants offense.
James is an absolutely electric runner from the last two years of NCAA football. He’s a huge part of the reason why the Oregon Ducks played in a National Championship game in 2010 and has sickening quickness and elusiveness.
He is capable of busting 80-yard runs when it looks like there is nothing their, reminding some of Barry Sanders. While it’s far to early to make any kind of comparison like that, James couldn’t have ended up in a better situation to make it happen.
Granted, he probably would’ve like to have gone higher in the second round, or even in the first, but going to a team that lost the NFC Championship game via fumble on a punt in overtime, well…is there a better situation out there?
I’ll shut up now. Watch the highlights.
NFL Draft 2012 #60: Baltimore Ravens Select Kelechi Osemele, T, Iowa St.
Kelechi Osemele, Offensive Tackle, Iowa State
From Mike Mayock:
“Another guy I really liked in this draft. I’m guessing he’s the kind of player John Harbaugh likes. He’s a phone-booth offensive guard. I don’t think he can live on the outside.”
With the loss of Ben Grubbs, this is a great pick by the Ravens.
This 6’3″ 266 lb. defensive end fits right into that wide-9 defensive front the Eagles have grown into. Curry is a special player coming off the edge in the pass rush and set the edge nicely against the run.
If the opponent gives him even a little bit of space, this guy is going to exploit it. His speed and quickness make him deadly, but he’s going to have to bulk up to play with the big boys on Sunday. There are linebackers coming into the league that are his size now.
Curry will have good value as a pass-rushing specialist. Curry is an explosive athlete who has the versatility to fit the defensive scheme of the team that selects him. He can stand up and play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, where he can focus on purely rushing the quarterback each play. In the run game, he is effective and can set the edge nicely against an offensive tackle, but has a difficult time getting to the ball if he is engaged early. Curry has second-round value.
The Eagles made a pick that fits right into their system. The question is what will he do to stand out?
NFL Draft 2012 #58: Tampa bay Bucs Select Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska
Lavonte David, Outside Linebacker, Nebraska
Career Highlights: David led the Big 10 in Assisted Tackles (67) and was second in solo tackles in 2010 (85). In 2011, Levonte was 6th in the Big 10 in Sacks (6), 2nd in Solo Tackles (65) and 4th in Forced Fumbles (3)
Career Stats: 150 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 1 INT, 3 FF
Here is a look at his strengths:
Lavonte has speed that is evident from the second the play starts. He is an instinctive player who is able to read offensive lines and trigger to get to the spot he needs to be. He understands angles and leveraging himself when taking on blocks, which allow him to overcome his size deficiency. His footwork is fluid in transition and when moving laterally, he routinely fits up against running backs in the hole and stonewalls them at the point. He can pursue against the run to the outside and use his instincts to meet players where they ultimately will be, and rarely whiffs on tackles. He can cover tight ends close in man and works well in zone coverage as he has natural, fluid hips to turn and pass set.
Just in case you were wondering Osweiler is the guy that will sit and learn behind one of the most prolific passers in the history of the NFL, Peyton Manning. He has a ton of upside and if you put him in a learning atmosphere with John Elway and Manning then perhaps you might end up with something.
His best talent is the strength of his arm and that will go a long way towards fitting into the style of offense Denver will take to this season.
Osweiler has a very deliberate, quick-twitched setup. He slings the ball naturally, and even though he pats the ball before throwing, his release is so compact and effective he isn’t hindered. His shining asset is his arm strength; he can hit nearly any NFL-caliber throw at this point in his career. He is a good leader and looks in control in the huddle and on the field. He has the pocket presence of a first-day pick and doesn’t go down easily.
It’s a little surprising to see the Broncos take a QB this high in the draft, so you know they must have been high on this QB.
NFL Draft 2012 #56: Pittsburgh Steelers Select Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Mike Adams, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State
Adams was a real wild card in this year’s draft and he looks to have found a place, Pittsburgh, where his first round talent can shine.
Here is a look at his strengths and weaknesses:
Adams has a good frame and just-good enough footwork to not get beat at the collegiate level. He employs a decent pass set to get back and anchor himself against the bull rush, and has the footwork to shuffle and keep his feet chopping when blocking to drive a man downfield in the run game. His big-game experience playing so many years and games at Ohio State helps his value.
Adams is not a very exciting player and can struggle at times with effort-based issues that don’t allow him to get much movement on the line when run blocking. He is more of a catch and react blocker than one who delivers blows, and will need to play with more fire and look to unleash his inner-athleticism to be able to succeed at the next level. Those suspensions and injuries will also eat away at his draft stock.
6’5″ 314 lbs. 33″ arms, 9 3/4″ hands. Konz is considered by many to be the best center in this draft class. He was the staple of an offensive line that stands to have several picks in this draft.
His NFL draft grade of 86 is one of the highest you will see this late in the draft, and perhaps the highest you will see moving forward into round 3.
Konz looks natural sitting in his stance and swiveling his head to make all the line calls, which is impressive given his uncommon height. He is a smooth athlete who has demonstrated the ability to uncoil his hips into defenders and blow them back to create quick holes in the run game. Konz is a smart player who picks up stunts well and uses his strength and anchor to sit and stall any oncoming bull rushers. He works fluidly with his guards when pulling and sealing. He has all the tools to be an elite center for years to come.
The Falcons need a center and they are fortunate to get their guy with this 55th overall pick. Konz could be their future their for the next ten years if he puts in the work to stick around.
NFL Draft 2012 #52: Tennessee Titans Select Zach Brown, OLB, N. Carolina
Zach Brown, Outside Linebacker, North Carolina
Career Highlights: Brown ranked well in the ACC in 2011. He was fourth in solo tackles (62), eighth in total tackles (105) seventh in tackles for loss (14) and 8th in sacks with 6.
Here is a look at his strengths:
Brown finds the ball, reacts, and finishes through the ball carrier. His speed is without a doubt his strongest asset and the key to his game. Brown is a natural mover, and his strength isn’t compensated by his play speed, as he is well-polished in removing himself from blocks and getting to the ball. He is strong over the tight end and has the footwork and hip mobility to run with any tight end in coverage. There are few running backs even at the NFL level who can outrun Brown and get an edge in the run game, and few will slip open against him in the pass game. While he excels out in space, he is also able to play in the box and sniff out runs as a gap defender and make explosive plays at the point of attack. He uses his pure athletic ability and speed to dip and run by linemen into the backfield. Brown also displays the power to run through running backs both in protection and carrying the ball.
This 6’5″ 303 pound mountain of a man knows how to clog holes and exceptional wuick and powerful. He is one of few NFL-ready prospects at his position. At Penn State, he proved to be very disruptive in the opponents backfield.
Still is a strong player who gets off the line quickly for his size and shows the explosion to blow back offensive guards into their own backfield. He excels as a run defender by using his strength to occupy a blocker while he reads the play and reacts, which is ideal for a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense. He has the ability to use hand technique and footwork to remove himself from blocks and get in the backfield. For a massive nose tackle, he is an above-average pass rusher who can use an array of swim and dip moves to get to the passer.
The Bengals have had a very solid draft this year, and if they keep it up, they will give the Steelers and the Ravens a run for their money in 2012.
NFL Draft 2012 #50: St. Louis Rams Select Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati
Isaiah Pead, Running Back, Cincinnati
Career Highlights: Pead was the 2011 Big east Offensive Player of the Year. he was 3rd in Attempts with 237, First in Rushing Yards (1259), YFS (1578), Rushing TD (12) and Total TD (15).
Career Stats: 545 attempts, 3288 Rushing yards, 87 Rec, 721 Rec Yards, 33TD
Snead is a perfect compliment to Stephen Jackson. He has the ability to be an every down back and should team up with Jackson to beat up opposing defenses. The Rams have to know that teh path to the Playoffs goes through San Francisco and you have to be able to run on them to beat them.
Here is a look at his strengths:
Pead has an initial step out of his stance that is comparable to some of the best backs currently in the league. He hits the hole explosively and gets up to top speed quickly, which allows him to get upfield and find a seam without getting touched. He has good vision once he gets through the hole, and displays the foot quickness and lateral agility to make the first defender miss. But he is careful to stick his foot in the ground and get upfield to pick up yards. He can dance around defenders but prefers to cut once and go. He can get the edge on a defense and has the breakaway speed thereafter. His burst, footwork and vision allow him to be a viable pass-catching option out of the backfield. Although he didn’t do it much at Cincinnati, he is likely to catch a lot of passes at the next level
Worthy is a 6’2″ 308 lb. defensive tackle that can hold down the fort for the Packers when B.J.Raji needs a breather. Worthy proved himself to beast for the Spartans throughout his career there and has a small enough frame that he can still move around and keep offensive linemen frustrated.
Worthy is very thick and powerful throughout his upper body and has thigh power that helps him blow back interior linemen off the snap. He has a surprising burst for a player his size and is capable of knifing and slanting the line to get into the backfield almost instantaneously. He is a leverage-savvy player who understands how to win with either his quickness or bull rush.
Worthy adds to a spot the Packers were lacking last year and the numbers on the defense went down expectedly from 2010 to 2011.
The San Diego Chargers have an agenda in this draft and its to beef up their defense that went from being the best in the NFL in 2010 to the low twenties after the departure of defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.
The 6’4″ 299 lb Reyes figures to play defensive end in the Chargers 3-4 defense.
Reyes has a big frame and he uses it well. He has a strong lower body which provides him a good anchor when going up against double teams. He is savvy with his hands to keep offensive lineman off him. Reyes has a motor inside and relies more on his feet and technique to beat guys. Reyes will be a reliable player at the next level who consistently displays high effort and rarely gets completely blocked inside.
So far the Chargers have added depth to their linebackers and defensive line in the draft. Odds are they will add an offensive lineman or two at some point as well.
NFL Draft 2012 #48: New England Patriots Select Tavon Wilson, FS, Illinois
Tavon Wilson, Free Safety, Illinois
Career Highlights: Wilson was 9th in the Big 10 with 56 tackles in 2009. He was also 9th in passes defensed in 2010 with 9.
Career Stats: 140 Tackles, 3 INT, 25 PD