From The RamCave: 5/9/22

Todd Lyght, one of the most underrated Rams’ CBs of all time.

By Joe Torosian.

Draft Study & What Could Have Been:

1973: Cullen Bryant #31, Ron Jaworski #37, Jim Youngblood #42. Note: All second round picks.

1974: John Cappelletti #11…(Randy Gradishar #14)
Note: Jack Reynolds was great, but how would Gradishar have fit in. A great linebacker.

1975: Fanning, Harrah, France
Note: Covered this draft on Friday.

1976: Kevin McLain #26…(Benny Cunningham #28)
Note: McLain was a bust, but the drafting of Cunningham would have given the Rams a weapon at tight-end.

1977: Bob Brudzinski #23…(Tommy Kramer #27)
Note: This one intrigues me. Kramer (Two-Minute Tommy) was a high-level NFL quarterback for ten years. How different would some seasons have played out if Kramer had been under center.

1978: Elvis Peacock #20…(Ozzie Newsome #23)
Note: A hall of fame the Rams missed out on. Think of the difference Newsome could have been for Ferragamo or…Tommy Kramer…?

1979: George Andrews #19 & Kent Hill #26
Note: Nice picks. Injuries derailed Andrews, and Hill—after seven-plus seasons of excellent play became the key piece in the Jim Everett deal with the Houston Oilers.

In 1978, instead of Elvis Peacock, the Rams could have taken Tommy Kramer and been set for a decade at QB.

1980: Johnnie Johnson #17…(Art Monk #18)
Note: No problem with the original J.J….but Monk was a hall of fame.

1981: Mel Owens #9…(Ronnie Lott was #8…Keith Van Horne #11)
Note: Could have secured the line with Van Horne. Could have taken Lott’s SC running mate, Dennis Smith.)

1982: Barry Redden #14…(Luis Sharpe #16 3PBs 13year starter)
Note: I’m partial to offensive linemen.

1983: Dickerson #2
Note: Good call.

1984: Hal Stephens 5/133/DE East Carolina & Norwood Vann 10/253/LB East Carolina)
Note: Stephens was draft pick received from the Lions for Mike Fanning. Then the Rams drafted Vann who had a nice run as a special teamer.

1985: Jerry Gray #21…(William Perry #22)
Note: The Fridge would have been a solid edition to the middle of the Rams d-line.

1986: Mike Schad #23…
Note: GM John Shaw.

1987: Donald Evans #47…
Note: GM John Shaw.

1988: Gaston Green #14…(Anthony Miller #15)
Aaron Cox #20
Note: GM John Shaw.

1989: Bill Hawkins #21…(Andre Rison #22)
Cleveland Gary #26…(Steve Wiśniewski #29).
Note: GM John Shaw…How incredible would it have been to pair Rison with Everett in his prime with Wisniewski blocking for them?

1990: Bern Brostek #23…(Rodney Hampton #24)
Note: Brostek wasn’t bad…he just wasn’t Ken Iman, Rich Saul, or Doug Smith.

1991: Todd Lyght #5
Note: Lyght’s career with the Rams is severely underrated.

1992: Sean Gilbert #3…(Troy Vincent #7 5PBs 13seasons)
Note: I prefer Vincent.

1993: Jerome Bettis #10
Note: No problem.

1994: Wayne Gandy #15…(Isaac Bruce #33 Whew!)
Note: Gandy wasn’t bad…but thank goodness for The Bruce.

1995: Kevin Carter #6…(Warren Sapp #12)
Note: Sapp has issues coming out of college, and issues after leaving the NFL, but in-between he was way better than a solid Kevin Carter.

1996: Lawrence Phillips #6…(Willie Anderson #10, Marvin Harrison #19, Ray Lewis #26)
Note: Just a bummer.

1997: Orlando Pace #1
Note: Bingo.

1998: Grant Wistrom #6…(Keith Brooking #12, Randy Moss #21, Alan Faneca #26)
Note: Another “Next Jack Youngblood.”

1999: Tory Holt #6
Note: Yeah, it worked out.

Tangent Dreams

Tangent Dreams: A High School Football Novel (Available thru Amazon–click on pic)

2000: Trung Canidate #31
Note: A new nightmare begins.

2001: Damione Lewis #12 (Steve Hutchinson #17), Adam Archuleta #20…Ryan Pickett #29 (Reggie Wayne #30, Drew Brees #32)
Note: Nightmare continues.

2002: Robert Thomas #31
Note: Nightmare plays on.

2003: Jimmy Kennedy #12…(Troy Polamalu #16)
Note: Nightmare goes on.

2004: Steven Jackson #24…
Note: If only he could have arrived a few years later. Tragic waste of a career by a franchise.

2005: Alex Barron #19…(Aaron Rodgers #24, Heath Miller #30, Logan Mankins #32)
Note: Nightmare reboots.

2006: Tye Hill #15…(Antonio Cromartie #19, Nick Mangold #29)
Note: Nightmare reboots.

2007: Adam Carriker #13…(Darrelle Revis #14)
Note: How can a scouting department be this bad for so long?

2008: Chris Long #2…(Matt Ryan #3…Duane Brown #26)
Note: Not a whiff…

2009: Jason Smith #2…(Malcolm Jenkins #14, Alex Mack #21)
Note: Nightmare re-imagined.

2010: Same Bradford #1…(Sun #2, Trent Williams #4)
Note: Nightmare’s last hurrah.

2011: Robert Quinn #14…
Note: Nightmare is over.

2012: Michael Brockers #14…(Chandler Jones #21, David DeCastro #24, Harrison Smith #29)
Note: And then there was Snead.

2013: Tavon Austin #8…(DeAndre Hopkins #27)
Alec Ogletree #30…(Robert Woods #41)
Note: Small relapse.

2014: Greg Robinson #2…(Khalil Mack #5, Mike Evans #7)
Aaron Donald #13.
Note: Potential nightmare crushed by greatness of Donald.

2015: Todd Gurley #10…
Note: A short, but great ride.

2016: Jared Goff #1…
Note: Don’t hate this guy.

2017: Gerald Everett #44…(Joe Mixon #48, JuJu Smith-Schuster #62)
Note: Might have been other options.

2018: Joseph Noteboom #89…
Note: We’re about to find out.

Temple City & The Company of The Ages

Temple City & The Company of The Ages (available thru Amazon. Click on pic)

2019: Taylor Rapp #61…(D.K. Metcalf #64)
Note: “Taylor, thank you…Here’s your hat, there’s the door.”

2020: Cam Akers #52…Van Jefferson #57
Note: Value.

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