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 Fourth Round Draft Pick Greg Salas, wide receiver from Hawaii.
The Rams definitely decided to draft wide receivers who produced high numbers in college instead of trying to take a project player to develop. Much like Austin Pettis, Greg Salas produced ridiculous numbers during his time in college. Salas had 26 touchdowns during his four seasons on the island. What is ridiculous is his production during his past two seasons. In 2009 Salas had 106 receptions for 1,590 yards and 8 touchdowns. Then in 2010 Salas got better and had 119 receptions for 1,889 yards and 14 touchdowns. I don’t care what league you are playing in and what kind of offensive system you are in those are numbers that make you pay attention.
Salas is considered a decent sized receiver at 6’1 210 pounds and is considered to have very good hands. The knock on Salas is that he played the slot receiver position in college and did not have to face the press coverage that he will see in the NFL. He is also considered a sloppy route runner, which will have to be improved upon when he gets into training camp.
What Will Make the Pick a Success
For the Rams the key to success for Salas is much the same as it was for Pettis…Immediate production in 2011. The Rams need someone who can get open in the end zone for Sam Bradford. If Salas can come in and get 3-7 touchdowns in his rookie season then the selection of Salas would be a wild success. It would seem that Salas could have success in three and four wide receiver sets.
What Will Make the Pick a Failure
The pick is a failure if Salas performs like last year’s fourth round pick did. The Rams have Danny Amendola who would figure to be the main slot wide receiver. If Salas cannot find his way onto the field and is merely holding a roster spot then the selection would be a failure.
I really give the Rams credit in taking wide receivers who have proven production instead of picking players that did not produce in college, but “project” in the NFL. I am more intrigued by Salas than I am by Pettis and will be interested to see what Josh McDaniels can do with someone like Salas. Hopefully the Rams hit on both of these picks and they are some building blocks for the future.
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