Amobi Okoye, DT - Louisville
Based on your feedback it is safe to say I made the right choice going with Branch, but the Rams are happy enough to scoop up Okoye, whose game might fit in better with the Rams, especially in the controlled environment of the dome. VanRam over at TurfShowTimes says it best --
Okoye has proven to have such a natural intution for the game, and his role in it, that he is a senior in college at the ripe old age of 19...a time when want-to-be writers like me pondered another year as a freshman. And he was good too. His stock has recently climbed because of various work out days, and I'm a bit surprised to have the chance to grab him 13th.
Just over 300 pounds, size is a concern. Ideally, an NFL conditioning program and lots of endoresments for Ted Drewes Frozen Custard will add 10-15 lbs to Okoye's frame. But he is only 19, which is something worth repeating. As my Mile High colleague pointed out yesterday, Branch would have been the better choice for immediate help on the D-line, but things didn't fall that way. Okoye offers some help now, but the potential to be a cornerstone of the defense for years to come helps make the pick even easier than those 250 rushing yards per game allowed by the Rams last year.
A nice pick for the Rams, a team that needed to do something to help fix that putrid defense, except when they plpayed Denver and held our Broncos to 10 points and 5 turnovers.
The Carolina Panthers are on the clock....