November 25, 2014

Rams grab four players on day two of NFL draft

The St. Louis Rams have four picks in the 2nd and 3rd round on Friday night. The Rams selected WR Brian Quick from Appalachian State at #33 and CB Janoris Jenkins from North Alabama at #39, RB Isaiah Pead of Cincinnati at #50 and Montana CB Trumaine Johnson at #65.

Quick has very uncommon size at 6’4 and he surprised scouts, including the Rams with his ability to run. The former basketball player and high jumper shows that despite his short time playing football, he understands how to run routes and get open.

Jenkins comes with some baggage. The former All-American was kicked out of Florida after three arrests and testing positive for marijuana multiple times.

Three team sources told NFL Network’s Albert Breer that Jenkins admitted in pre-draft interviews to having smoked marijuana while at North Alabama. Jenkins has denied that.

Pead is a north-south runner with quick feet to feel his way through creases. Makes small, quick cuts through creases and side-steps defenders in or past the hole to find room to get into his stride. Does not run over defenders often, but keeps legs moving near the goal line to make his way in. Holds the ball low at times, but has generally good ball security (no fumbles in 2009, two in 2010).

Johnson has a safety frame playing cornerback. He’s not so big that his speed is negatively impacted, however. Johnson has quick feet to adjust on a dime and make a play on the ball. Opens his hips with ease to turn and run with the receiver.  An unknown in regard to press coverage, though his size makes him intriguing in that area. Needs to play with better instincts, especially against shorter routes. Arrested in October while trying to break up a fight. Johnson is the second cornerback picked by the Rams.  The team was depleted at that position last year.