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Know Your Enemy: St. Louis Rams, 2014 NFL Draft Rounds 4-7
With the Seahawks playing in football's most competitive division, we think it's pretty important to keep tabs on how the club's NFC West rivals operate in this year's NFL Draft.
After using two picks in the top 13, the St. Louis Rams filled a need at defensive back in round two, selecting Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner with pick No. 41 overall. They followed that up by taking the SEC Offensive Player of the Year in round three, Auburn running back Tre Mason.
Here's a look at what the Rams did on day three of the League's annual event:
The Pick: S Mo Alexander, Round 4, No. 110 Overall
Who He Is: A 6-foot-1, 220-pound safety out of Utah State who amazingly enough, used to work as a janitor at the Rams' Edward Jones Dome.
NFL.com Analysis: "Big, physical, athletic, converted linebacker with very intriguing athletic traits. Was humbled by the loss of football as a junior and made the most of his second chance as a senior. Graded well in his first year in the secondary and solid combine showing helped his draft standing. Possesses the size, aggressiveness, striking ability and movement skill desired at the position, yet will require considerable patience to be groomed."
What It Means: The Rams were looking to add depth to their secondary, alloting two of their first five picks to the position group.
The Pick: CB E.J. Gaines, Round 6, No. 188 Overall
Who He Is: 2013 First-Team All-ACC selection out of Missouri who measures at 5-foot-10, 190 pounds
What He's Done: Finished with a team-high five interceptions in 2013 to go with 75 tackles (third-highest on team). Had success defending Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans (held to four catches for eight yards in a game against Mizzou on Nov. 30, 2013), who went No. 7 overall in this year's draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
NFL.com Analysis: "Strong, physical zone corner with the toughness, awareness and football IQ to function highly in short spaces. A solid tackler, Gaines plays bigger than his size and takes a professional approach. Can make an immediate impact on special teams and work his way into a lineup."
What It Means: The third defensive back taken by the Rams in their first six picks, again showing that shoring up the secondary is a primary concern for St. Louis.
The Pick: QB Garrett Gilbert, Round 6, No. 214 Overall
Who He Is: A 6-foot-4, 221-pound quarterback out of Southern Methodist University
NFL.com Analysis: "A highly touted prep recruit who struggled to secure a starting job at Texas after cycling through three offenses in three years. Graduated early and transferred to SMU, where he settled down in a simplified system under the guidance of June Jones. Could fend for a job in a West Coast offense."
What It Means: A developmental quarterback at the NFL level that will work in behind Rams starter Sam Bradford.
The Pick: OT Mitchell Van Dyk, Round 7, No. 226 Overall
Who He Is: A 6-foot-7, 313-pound offensive tackle out of Portland State University
What He's Done: Leader of the Vikings' offensive line that helped set school records in total yards (6,486), rushing yards (3,330), rushing average (277.7 per game), total offense (540.5 per game), and rushing touchdowns (36) in 2013.
NFL.com Analysis: Van Dyk said he didn't expect to get drafted, and apparently neither did NFL.com, who did not have a pre-draft profile available for the offensive tackle.
What It Means: Second offensive lineman taken in the 2014 draft for the Rams, who gave up 36 quarterback sacks last season.
The Pick: DB C.B. Bryant, Round 7, No. 241 Overall
Who He Is: A 5-foot-9, 198-pound defensive back out of Ohio State
What He's Done: Three-year starter for the Buckeyes who recorded 22 tackles and an interception through five games in 2013 before an ankle injury sidelined him for the rest of the season.
NFL.com Analysis: "Did not work out in the spring while still recovering from a broken ankle suffered against Wisconsin in Week 5 and would be best suited for a role as a nickel safety or short-area, zone cornerback."
What It Means: Solid in run support with natural instincts to the football who adds even more depth to the Rams' secondary.
The Pick: DE Michael Sam, Round 7, No. 249 Overall
Who He Is: The first openly gay player in professional football, a 6-foot-2, 261-pound product out of Missouri
What He's Done: Secured SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-American honors in 2013.
NFL.com Analysis: "His best thing is his first step. He doesn't have length, so he wins with quickness. He's not going to be a player in space. He'll play with his hand in the dirt. I applaud St. Louis. He'll join one of most ferocious fronts in football. Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is very good at identifying what you do well; in sub packages, he can be creative." -- Mike Mayock
What It Means: The Rams add another proven threat to their defensive line who could also play as an outside linebacker.
The Pick: C Demetrius Rhaney, Round 7, No. 250 Overall
Who He Is: 6-foot-2, 301-pound center out of Tennessee State University
What He's Done: Has playing experience at offensive guard, tackle, and center.
NFL.com Analysis: "A compactly built, light-footed pivot who elevated his draft standing after clocking sub-5.0 40 times at his pro-day workout. Has the size, power and agility to eventually compete for a starting job."
What It Means: The third and final offensive lineman selected by the Rams in the 2014 draft. He ran a 4.97-second 40-yard dash at Tennessee State's pro day and his quickness and agility should have him in the competition for a spot on the team's 53-man roster.