2014 NFL Draft: 5 Day 3 Prospects Who St. Louis Rams Must Target

2014 NFL Draft: 5 Day 3 Prospects Who St. Louis Rams Must Target

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The St. Louis Rams have done a quality job of getting value out of Day 3 picks in the draft during the Jeff Fisher and Les Snead regime, most notably when they were able to pick up running back Zac Stacy in the fifth round, who went on to rush for 973 yards as a rookie. Here are five players who could be intriguing to the Rams on Day 3 of the 2014 draft.

5. Danny Kistler Jr., OL, Montana

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5. Danny Kistler Jr., OL, Montana

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Kistler Jr. isn’t a consensus draftable player, but there are several qualities that would make him a good match for the Rams. He’s 6-foot-8 and 315 pounds, and the Rams like that type of size for their tackles. He can play both tackle and guard and provide versatility, and he comes from Montana, which has been a pipeline for the Rams thus far during Jeff Fisher’s administration because of connections he built while his son Brandon played there.

4. L’Damian Washington, WR, Missouri

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4. L’Damian Washington, WR, Missouri

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The Rams don’t have a huge need for receivers with all the wideouts they’ve drafted over the past several years. Washington can be a superstar in punt and kick coverage, however, and he would be a nice depth guy who has a high football IQ as well as very good size and speed. Though he’ll fall to Day 3 in this deep receiver class, he may be an upgrade over some of the Rams’ current options.

3. Charles Leno Jr., OL, Boise State

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3. Charles Leno Jr., OL, Boise State

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Leno might not have prototypical size at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, but he’s a skilled technician who will be capable of providing quality depth at both guard and tackle. After losing three offensive linemen from their 2013 roster, the Rams are in need of depth up front, and Leno has a high enough football IQ to contribute immediately as a backup.

2. Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, Boston College

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2. Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, Boston College

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With the acquisition of former defensive backs Alec Ogletree and Ray Ray Armstrong in 2013, the Rams showed that they value athleticism over anything else at the outside linebacker position. While Pierre-Louis wasn’t exceptionally productive at BC, he is extremely athletic and at the very worst can be an impact special teams player, with the potential to develop into a starter with good coaching.

1. Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida

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1. Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida

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The Rams haven’t replaced Cortland Finnegan at cornerback, and they were already short on depth at the position coming into 2013. It’s very possible that they could take a corner on Day 1 or 2, but even if they add one, it may still make sense to take Purifoy if he’s available in Round 4. He’s insanely athletic and is probably the best special teamer in the draft. He has the potential to eventually develop into an effective starter.


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