NFL Mock Draft: Rams Select Ted Ginn Jr. No. 13
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The Rams will have to settle for this playmaker. In all honesty, they hope for a sudden slip by Amobi Okoye or Alan Branch to fill their biggest need at defensive tackle. But with both tackles off the board early, the team has to consider other options. They might ponder taking Darrelle Revis here, but the team has a greater need at receiver and, more importantly, kick/punt returner.
Torry Holt is still Big Game-worthy, no doubt, but he'll be 31 when the season begins. Isaac Bruce, at 35, has defied age, but the shoe hanging above his head is only tenuously perched. Drew Bennett is nice, but with the losses of Kevin Curtis and Shaun McDonald this offseason, the team needs a slot receiver to groom for starting duty. Ted Ginn Jr. is extra-super-appealing in that regard because he can also return kicks and punts. Devin Hester made returners more desirable; the Rams will have to worry less about defense if they're constantly winning the battle of field position or getting points from special teams.
Some see Ted Ginn Jr. slipping after a disappointing workout, but one of three coaches in attendance that day was Scott Linehan. The interest is there. The knock on Ted Ginn Jr. is that, while undoubtedly fast and with good hands, route-running is a weakness. The ability to work with one of the best route-runners in the league should be beneficial. In the meantime, Ted Ginn Jr. can stretch the field with the fly route, allowing space for Torry Holt, Randy McMichael, and Steven Jackson to do their things.
Team Needs: DE, DT, LB, CB, S, WR, KR
Player Selected: Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Ohio State
Also Considered: Darrelle Revis, CB, Pittsburgh; Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida State; Leon Hall, CB, Michigan
No. 1 Raiders: JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU
No. 2 Lions: Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech
No. 3 Browns: Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin
No. 4 Buccaneers: Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson
No. 5 Cardinals: Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma
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