In a draft with few surprises, the Rams surprised most experts with their first round pick. At the end of round one, they grabbed running back Trung Canidate from Arizona State. The Rams are enamored with his speed, and think he can spell Marshall Faulk and return kicks right away. They may have reached in round two, taking raw cornerback Jacoby Shepard, who started only two games in college. After that, the Rams seemed to turn their attention to the area where they had the most need: offensive line. John St. Clair, a center from Virginia, was projected by many as a late first round or early second round pick. The Rams got St. Clair with the final pick of the third round, and will probably move him to tackle. On Sunday, St. Louis gave Chicago two picks to move up 21 spots and take guard Kaulana Noa of Hawaii in the 4th round. They followed that pick with defensive lineman Brian Young from Texas-El Paso, defensive back Matt Bowen from Iowa, and a another offensive lineman, guard Andrew Kline from San Diego State. Shortly after the draft, the Rams signed four free agents, including center Rob Riti from Missouri.
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