I like the Rams pick of WR Mardy Gilyard in 4th round, tremendous value. He’s a playmaker. Their next 2 picks: Zzzzzz
TE Mike Hoomanawanui: 6’3, 271 lbs
DE Hall Davis: 6’4, 278 lbs
The Rams had their “sizzle” pick at the start of the morning, bringing Gilyard aboard, but with these next two selections Devaney and company clearly were picking from the “steak” column. These guys are simply huge for their positions. Neither Hoomanawanui nor Hall should expect to make much of a dent on the stat sheet, as Hoomanawanui is in the “big beefy blocker” category of tight ends, and Hall is in the “big, slow, run-stuffer” category of defensive linemen. In fact, I could see him playing at DT sooner than at DE.
Meanwhile, though, Seattle regained their monopoly on draft-day sizzle, turning their fifth-round pick into the Jets’ all-purpose weapon Leon Washington.
It is a sad day for TOJ and Jets fans everywhere. Leon was a fan favorite and an electric playmaker during his career with the Jets. Unfortunately, he sustained a brutal injury last year and had ongoing contract problems with the team. After the Jets decided to draft McKnight, a player with a comparable skill set, there wasn’t any room left for Leon on the roster. I wish him the best of luck on a speedy recovery in Seattle and hope the rumors of him starting the season on the PUP list aren’t true.
– Turn On The Jets: “Jets Trade Leon Washington, Draft John Connor“
As a Rams fan, you couldn’t help but throw your hands up in dismay at the combination of events. Even if Washington has a long road back in rehab, the reward is potentially stunning for the relatively small investment. I find it really hard to believe that either of the Rams picks at this level will be that far separated from guys you could find in the undrafted list. The ceiling just doesn’t appear to be that high here, even if Hoomanawanui has untapped potential in his big soft hands.
@RamsHerd But he has a funny name! Rams have a weakness to TE’s with funny names.
Well, there’s always that.