By this point pretty much everyone knows the stories of the top two draft picks for the St. Louis Rams. Whether you liked or disliked the picks of Robert Quinn and Lance Hendricks you at least have come to an understanding of why the picks make sense for the Rams. Over the next week I will take a deeper look into the later round picks for the Rams. Today we’ll go in depth with Fifth Round Draft Pick Jermale Hines, safety from Ohio State
Jermale Hines was a steady performer for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Hines made an impact as a true freshman on special teams and continued to work his way up into a starting job as safety in his Junior season. Hines was First Team All Big 10 in 2010 having 66 tackles, one interception and four pass breakups.
Hines is a hard-hitting player that is a headhunter. He likes to attack on passes and really is good at stopping the run. Hines did play a hybrid at times with the Buckeyes playing both linebacker and safety. The knock on Hines is that he does not fight through blocks and tries to run around the block. You can get away with that in college, but in the NFL that will be a problem.
What Will Make the Pick a Success
Luckily for Hines he is walking into the perfect situation for a fifth round draft pick. Hines will have an immediate opportunity to win a starting job, if he can prove that he is ready to handle playing in the NFL. With Craig Dahl and James Butler as the current starters there is plenty of opportunity to get on the field right away.
Hines has a chance for success as a special teams player. He did a really nice job in coverage at Ohio State and you can never have enough of those types of players on your roster.
What Will Make the Pick a Failure
If Hines can’t come in and challenge the current safeties on the roster for playing time during his rookie season AND can’t help on special teams. The Rams would be willing to take some time to get him up to speed on the defensive side of things, but Hines has to come in right away and be a difference maker on special teams. If Hines can’t be a contributor there then he might have a tough time making the roster.
Hines seems like a Steve Spagnuolo type of safety….Strong against the run and a big hitter. If the Rams can get him up to speed quickly then I think there is a strong possibility that Hines could be a starter by mid-season. I really think that Hines could be a steal in the fifth round. He certainly has a great situation to walk in to.
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