NFC West day three draft rewind: St. Louis Rams

Barrett Jones

Former Alabama center Barrett Jones, who holds a masters degree in accounting, was the Rams’ first selection on day three of the 2013 NFL Draft

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.

Zac Stacy

Former Vanderbilt RB Zac Stacy went to the Rams with their final pick of the draft

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.

St. Louis Rams
A pick-by-pick look at the players chosen by the NFC West rival St. Louis Rams in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Round Pick No. Player/School Position Height, Weight
1 8 Tavon Austin/West Virginia WR 5-8, 174
1 30 Alec Ogletree/Georgia LB 6-2, 244
3 71 T.J. McDonald/USC S 6-2, 219
3 92 Stedman Bailey/West Virginia WR 5-10, 193
4 113 Barrett Jones/Alabama C 6-4, 309
5 149 Brandon McGee/Miami CB 5-11, 193
5 160 Zac Stacy/Vanderbilt RB 5-8, 216

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OT Michael Bowie is Seahawks’ final draft choice

Michael Bowie

The seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft belonged to offensive line coach Tom Cable when it came to the Seahawks’ selections. The team had four picks in the final round and used three of them on O-linemen – including NE Oklahoma tackle Michael Bowie, the Seahawks’ final selection.

The 6-foot-4, 332-pound Bowie was the 36th pick in the round, and 242nd overall. It was a compensatory selection.

Earlier, the Seahawks selected New Hampshire guard Jared Smith and Vanderbilt guard Ryan Seymour in the seventh round.


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Seahawks’ third pick in seventh round: New Hampshire OG Jared Smith

Jared Smith

With their third pick in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Seahawks again addressed depth on the offensive line by selecting New Hampshire guard Jared Smith.

The 6-foot-4, 302-pound Smith was the 35th pick in the round, and 241st overall. It was a compensatory selection.

The Seahawks also selected Vanderbilt guard Ryan Seymour with the 14th in the seventh round.


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Seahawks’ second pick in seventh round: Harding LB Ty Powell

Ty Powell

With their second pick in the seventh round of the 213 NFL Draft, the Seahawks selected Harding University outside linebacker Ty Powell.

The 6-foot-2, 249-pound Harding was the 25th pick in the round, and 231st overall.

The Seahawks needed depth at linebacker, with Malcolm Smith expected to step into the starting spot on the outside opposite K.J. Wright.

Harding is the first player drafted from Harding in 30 years, and today just so happens to be his 25th birthday. What a way to celebrate.


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Seahawks’ first pick in seventh round: Vanderbilt guard Ryan Seymour

Ryan Seymour

The Seahawks have four picks in today’s seventh, and final, round of the 2013 NFL Draft. They used the first to add depth to the offensive line by selecting Vanderbilt guard Ryan Seymour.

The 6-foot-4, 301-pound Seymour was the 14th pick in the round, and 220th overall. The Seahawks got the pick in the trade that sent middle linebacker Barrett Ruud to the Saints last year.

The Seahawks also are scheduled to make the 25th, 35th and 36th picks in the round.

Can a seventh-round pick even make the roster? Yes, and the prove is in some of the team’s previous seventh-round selections, a group that includes linebacker Malcolm Smith (2011) and guard J.R. Sweezy (2012), who finished last season as starters; running back David Sims (1977), who scored 14 touchdowns in 1978; free safety John Harris (1978), who intercepted 10 passes in 1981; linebacker Sam Merriman (1983), who led the club in special-teams tackles in 1984; tackle Ron Mattes (1985), who started from 1986-88; defensive end Michael McCrary (1993), who had 13.5 sacks in 1996; and kicker Josh Brown (2003), who averaged over 100-points per season from 2003-07.


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Seahawks select LSU running back Spencer Ware in sixth round

Spencer Ware

The Seahawks had one pick in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft today and used it to select LSU running back Spencer Ware.

The 5-foot-10, 229-pound Ware was the 26th pick in the round, and No. 194 overall. The Seahawks also selected LSU cornerback Tharold Simon in the fifth round.

Ware had 367 yards rushing and 230 receiving last season, when he started four games.

The Seahawks have four picks in the seventh, and final, round.

Ware joins the players previously selected in the sixth round by the Seahawks, a group that includes defensive end Michael Sinclair (1991), kick returner and Olympic sprinter Michael Bates (1992), tight end Itula Mili (1997), defensive tackle Craig Terrill (2004), tight end Anthony McCoy (2010) and cornerbacks Byron Maxwell (2011) and Jeremy Lane (2012).


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Seahawks select Rice TE Luke Willson with third fifth-round pick

Luke Willson

With their third selection in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Seahawks picked Rice tight end Luke Willson.

The 6-foot-5, 252-pound Willson was the 25th pick in the round, and 158th overall. Earlier today, the Seahawks selected Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams and LSU cornerback Tharold Simon with the fourth and fifth picks in the fifth round.

The Canadian-born Willson joins a list of previous fifth-round draft choices by the Seahawks that includes All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman (2011), Pro Bowl-caliber strong safety Kam Chancellor (2010), special-teams standout Don Dufek (1976), guard Edwin Bailey (1981), Pro Bowl kick returner Bobby Joe Edmonds (1986), kick returner Charlie Rogers (1999), Pro Bowl special-teams player Alex Bannister (2001) and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (2002).


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Seahawks also add cornerback Tharold Simon in fifth round

Tharold Simon

The Seahawks made back-to-back picks in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft today, taking LSU cornerback Tharold Simon one pick after selecting Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams.

The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Simon was the fifth pick in the round, and 138th overall. The pick was acquired from the Raiders in the Matt Flynn trade last month.

Simon has the size the Seahawks like in their corners.

He joins a list of previous fifth-round draft choices by the Seahawks that includes All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman (2011), Pro Bowl-caliber strong safety Kam Chancellor (2010), special-teams standout Don Dufek (1976), guard Edwin Bailey (1981), Pro Bowl kick returner Bobby Joe Edmonds (1986), kick returner Charlie Rogers (1999), Pro Bowl special-teams player Alex Bannister (2001) and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (2002).


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Seahawks select defensive tackle Jesse Williams in fifth round

Jesse Williams

With the first of three picks in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Seahawks selected Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams today.

The 6-foot-3, 325-pound Williams was the fourth pick in the round, and 137th overall. The Seahawks traded into the spot, sending the Lions the 165th and 199th picks overall.

While third-round pick Jordan Hill, a D-tackle from Penn State, provides some pass-rush ability from the interior, Williams brings some bulk.

The Australian-born Williams joins a list of previous fifth-round draft choices by the Seahawks that includes All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman (2011), Pro Bowl-caliber strong safety Kam Chancellor (2010), special-teams standout Don Dufek (1976), guard Edwin Bailey (1981), Pro Bowl kick returner Bobby Joe Edmonds (1986), kick returner Charlie Rogers (1999), Pro Bowl special-teams player Alex Bannister (2001) and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (2002).

Williams’ selection even came with a congratulations from the Prime Minister of Australia:


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Seahawks select wide receiver Chris Harper in fourth round

The Seahawks kicked off their third day of the 2013 NFL Draft this morning by selecting Kansas State wide receiver Chris Harper in the fourth round.

Chris HarperHe signed with Oregon as a quarterback out of high school, but moved to wide receiver and then Kansas State.

The 6-foot, 234-pound Harper was the 26th pick in the round and 123rd overall.

This was the first of 10 scheduled picks for the Seahawks today, as they have three in the fifth round, two in the sixth and four in the seventh. The 12 total picks tie the franchise record for most in the seven-round drafts that began in 1994. They also had 12 in 2001.

Harper joins a list of previous fourth-round picks by the Seahawks that includes center John Yarno (1977), Pro Bowl running back Chris Warren (1990), kicker John Kasay (1991), linebacker Dean Wells (1993), defensive end Phillip Daniels (1996), linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski (2000), guard Rob Sims (2006), defensive end Red Bryant (2008) and linebacker K.J. Wright (2011).

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