With their first rookie mini-camps under their belts the Rams 2012 draft class has officially begun their journey in the NFL.
According to Rams head coach Jeff Fisher the 40+ some rookies (10 drafted and undrafted rookies) arrived in St. Louis and went through what Fisher called an orientation. He said “mini-camp” would imply the players were going at full speed and in shape – and clearly these rookies were not at that stage – but they are slowly but surely going to get there.
After Saturday’s practice Fisher said, “We were very impressed. Since we talked last, we had a three hour meeting last night and installed a bunch more offense and defense and then again did the same this morning. The offense came out and had a walk-thru. The defense did not. I thought both sides responded pretty well.”
Here are the draftee profiles as compiled by the Rams on their website (click on the player’s name for more info) and some of their quotes. Enjoy and get to know the new kids on the block.
Round 1.14 - DT Michael Brockers #96 (LSU)
On fitting in with Laurinaitis, Long and the rest of the defense: I just want to come in and work hard and just try to earn wherever I can be. I mean, those guys are great players and I would love to be out there making plays with them and improving this defense, but I have to work for it first and earn it.
On what his greatest strength is: I play the run. I’m a run stopper. I push the pocket. I do whatever the team needs me to do. I feel like that’s because I’m so versatile. I do whatever the team asks me to do.
Round 2.1 (33) - WR Brian Quick #83 (Appalachian State)
On how he describes himself as a receiver: My strengths are my yards after the catch, just trying to get the extra yards. I have great hands. I have good speed. I wouldn’t say I have any weaknesses, but I will tell you this, I have a lot that we can work on at the next level. I have to get myself prepared for the next level and the defenders. It’s going to be a little tougher. I have to get my mind prepared and get myself prepared physically and mentally for what I’m about to face.
Round 2.7 (39) - CB Janoris Jenkins #21 (Northern Alabama)
On what he tells people when they ask about his past: I just be honest. I don’t have anything to hide. That was my past. That was a year ago, and I took my second rap to go to UNA for a reason, just to show people that I wasn’t a bad kid, that I wasn’t running from my problems.On what he does best as a cornerback: I can press-man, I can play off-man, I can play zone. I’ve got a feel for the ball, route recognition, quick. A cornerback.On if he played against former SEC wide receivers Julio Jones and A.J. Green during his time at Florida: I played against those guys. I also performed very well. I played against (former South Carolina receiver) Alshon (Jeffery), A.J., and Julio. Neither one of them scored. Just fun games.”
Round 2.18 (50) - RB Isaiah Pead #24 (Cincinnati)
On what his biggest strength is: Biggest strength, I would probably say is my speed and vision, and the type of mentality all in one. I couldn’t really choose either one, but one that makes me under-estimated is maybe my strength. I’m a small guy, but I have good strength in me. In the weight room, I’m always one of the top guys of the program with the most weight, so I’d say that’s my strength.
On the running backs that he patterns his game after: I would say I like (Saints RB) Darren Sproles, I like (Chiefs RB) Jamaal Charles. Old school guys, of course, I kind of like (Former Rams RB) Marshall Faulk and (Former Jets RB) Curtis Martin. I like (Former Broncos RB) Terrell Davis, and you can never count out (Former Lions RB) Barry Sanders. Those are kind of my guys.
Round 3.2 (65) - CB Trumaine Johnson #22 (Montana)
On what he does best: I can cover. I’m a cover corner, I believe I’m a cover corner. My ball skills, especially tackling. I take pride in tackling and a lot of corners don’t do that right now in the league.
On if he believes he can start right away or contribute: I believe I can come in right away and contribute. That’s even on special teams. Like I said, I take pride in special teams also, and hopefully I get a chance to play at corner.
Round 4.1 (96) - WR Chris Givens #13 (Wake Forest)
On being considered a good route runner and how that happened: Really my coach in college. We really worked hard on my routes trying to…he’s a bit of a perfectionist and demanded me to be as close to perfect as I could be. So each day I worked on just the little things and just paying attention to detail, so I could be one of the better route runners.
On if playing on artificial turf will play into his strengths: Yes, sir. I think so. The turf is a little bit faster, so that’ll just be a little added benefit I guess. I’m really just going to go out there and have fun each and every Sunday.
Round 5.15 (150) - OL Rokevious Watkins #73 (Southern Carolina)
On if he was strictly a guard at South Carolina: I actually played every position on the line at South Carolina except for center. I actually snapped during practices, so it was pretty much every position.
On what he does best: I like to do it all, but I take pride in the physicality. There’s nothing better than grabbing a defensive lineman and slamming him on his neck. I enjoy it, and it’s legal.
Round 6.1 (171) - K Greg Zuerlein #4 (Missouri Western)
On if kicking is a position that doesn’t change much depending on the level you’re playing at): I feel that way. I thought that way. Really since high school and college, it doesn’t matter what class you’re in, in high school or what division of football you play, the field goal posts are the same, the hash marks…from NAIA to Division 1. So if you can do it at any level in college, it should translate to the NFL.
On what his secret is to making so many long field goals in a row: I think my mental approach to the kicking game. A lot of kickers, I’d say most kickers, have the physical ability to kick 50-yard field goals, because I’ve seen a lot of kickers do it. The side of the game that I feel like gives me a little bit of an extra edge that allows me to do that, because a lot of people have the leg strength, it’s just when they get back there it’s like, ‘Oh that’s kind of far away.’ But it’s the mental side that gets you through that stuff.
Round 7.2 (209) - LB Aaron Brown #50 (Hawaii)
On his playing style: I go 100 percent from the time the ball is snapped until the referee blows the whistle. I’m giving 110 percent in between the lines, just trying to go out there and succeed.
Round 7.45 (252) - RB Daryl Richardson #26 (Abilene Christian)
On his running style: I can take it to the house any play. I’m very explosive, very aggressive. I’m just really explosive and aggressive.