The St. Louis Rams 2010 Draft Class is making strides to become one of the franchises best ever overall selections. As College scouts are out beating the pavement, turning over every rock working to discover those diamonds in the rough for the upcoming 2011 Draft, those selected in the last draft are paying dividends this season.
The first overall selection in the 2010 draft was Sam Bradford better known now as the “Big Easy”. Sam is ahead of the curve when it comes to quarterbacks. The bust rate for his position is 60%, not only has he started every game, he has lifted this team up, making those around him better and taking a lot of the heat off Steven Jackson, one of the best running backs in the NFL.
It looks like the Rams have found their left tackle in Roger Saffold. A second round pick, An athletic offensive linemen that plays smart and tough, with passion and desire. I like the fact that he stepped in right away and was competitive while competing for the starting job, which he secured before the start of training camp. Corner Jerome Murphy has filled a back-up role for now, while contributing as a starter in the sub-packages (nickel/dime), aligning inside and is playing extremely well. Mardy Gilyard the Rams dual threat as a receiver and returner showing flashes of promise, despite slightly swimming in assignments, like most rookies do, he will settle in and contribute down the road. The big man from across the river, Michael Hoomanawanui, is the biggest surprise to those that seldom watched him play collegiately. He is extremely athletic, with good feet balance and soft hands. Once he secures his blocking this is a Pro Bowl tight end.
The following are reserve players that have dressed and contributed throughout the season, and have made their mark on this young team. Fendi Onobun a former basketball player in college that is still learning the game, freak athlete with huge upside. Two defensive ends Eugene Sims and George Selvie started out fast and have hit the rookie wall. Both have promising careers and I look for them to develop in the Spagnuolo defense. Last is Josh Hull a linebacker that was injured early in the season and placed on IR. Has the athletic ability and football instincts to play both inside/outside linebacker positions, and is a key special teams nut.
I feel San Francisco had an outstanding draft in 2010, they drafted for value while filling a lot of needs. All of their draft picks have dressed and participated in every 49er game since September 26th. Anthony Davis starting at right tackle, is playing well off the edge. Player with size, athletic ability and feet. He has taken his rookie lumps but you see the upside in this player is huge. Mike Iupati offensive guard, is a mountain of a man, weighing in at 330 pounds and moves like he is 250. Very athletic to pull to trap and anchors the inside. Both of these young linemen bring toughness, competitiveness and girth to an already talented front. Taylor Mays is a freak athlete, a size, speed prospect that several teams really struggled with on draft day on position (linebacker or safety). Six-foot three 233 pounds, the 49ers are using him at the safety position. He has struggled through several growing pains when defending against coverage, but has a presents vs. force. NaVorro Bowman a hybrid linebacker/safety is used all over the field and primarily in the sub-packages. Good speed, athletic ability and coverage skills to play deep in the backend. He adds versatility to an already stout defense. Running back Anthony Dixon who slipped in the draft, because of off the field issues, landed on a squad that runs the ball, and he will learn from Frank Gore. A power running with very good balance and feet along with vision will be a good running back at this level. Nate Byham a blocking tight end that has put on a few pounds and is more willing and plays hard every snap as a blocker.