The Field Goal: Aftermath

The Field Goal: Aftermath

The basis for a good outcome is thoroughly doing your homework. The NFLDraft 2003 for the St. Louis Rams was just that. The 12th selection and number one pick in Jimmy Kennedy was what this team needed to bring back some credibility on the defensive side.<br>

The Field Goal: Aftermath Draft 2003 Part One
By Rams Nation's Oscar F Lopez

The strong ,powerful and lightning quick Kennedy has oustanding leverage. His conditioning is to be admired, coming from Penn State. His athletic ability is also well documented with 78 tackles. Given all the Draft hoopla, the Rams came out with what everybody considered the best in the draft and he could turn out to be a great player.

The overall view of Pisa Tinoisamoa is that he has some things to improve on but given some playing time he can contribute greatly at special teams. The developing of this young man into what some perceive as a strong safety will benefit the defensive side of the ball. His instincts and reaction time will be key. Given a chance to contribute, Pisa will soon show why he was a second round selection.

The perception of Kevin Curtis is too little to late. With his lack of commitment to football overall the last three seasons. Everyone is questioning the acquisition of a prospect with a lot of question marks. Kevin has good size and runs routes soundly. The NFL is a totally different monster. The gamble here I believe is for the Rams to insert him and prepare him to be a 4th receiver just like the departed Ricky Proehl. He has good body mechanics with catching the ball on the run. His work ethic is probably the deciding factor for his 3rd round selection.

The selection of Shaun McDonald in the 4th round was a surprise to many. He was slotted to be taken in the early 3rd. But no matter now. The Arizona State prospect is well on his way to proving he is the real deal. McDonald has quick and fast speed. His route seperation is oustanding. His fearless approach down the middle will boast well for the offensive minded Rams. His lack of size physically will be tested bigtime against the divisions large cornerbacks.

The overall review for four rounds was that the homework was done.Good value from key needs was the end result.
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