With day three of the 2013 NFL Draft in the books, we take a look back at the moves made around the NFC West, starting with the St. Louis Rams.
St. Louis started day three by grabbing Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones out of Alabama with their fourth-round pick (No. 113 overall).
Jones was considered one of the nation’s top centers in 2012 when he was named to All-American and All-SEC teams, and won Outland and Rimington Awards for best interior lineman and center. He spent the 2011 season at left tackle, moving to the position from right guard after then-Alabama left tackle James Carpenter departed the college ranks to your very own Seattle Seahawks.
St. Louis addressed a pair of needs in round five when they took cornerback Brandon McGee (No. 149), a 5-foot-11, 193-pound product out of the University of Miami, and running back Zac Stacy (No. 160), a 5-foot-8, 216-pound bruiser out of Vanderbilt.
McGee’s addition makes sense when you look at the Rams’ current roster, which lists the veteran Cortland Finnegan, and last year’s rookies Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson as the only players at the position for the club.
Stacy adds a physical dimension to the Rams’ run game to play alongside Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson. He finished his 2012 season at Vanderbilt with 1,141 yards and 10 touchdowns and went on to make an appearance in the East-West Shrine Game. He was the only Commodore player invited to the NFL Combine, where he ran a 4.55 40-yard dash and put up 27 reps on the bench press – good for the workout’s top performer at his position.
To take Stacy the Rams gave up their pair of sixth round picks (No. 184, No. 198), which made the fifth-rounder Stacy the club’s final selection of the 2013 draft.
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