St. Louis Rams: Initial Grades for 2015 NFL Draft Class

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Round 2: Rob Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin


Havenstein is the perfect fit as the right tackle that Jeff Fisher has been seeking since he arrived in St. Louis in 2012. He’s clearly been searching for a modern-day version of his starting right tackle with the Titans from 1997-99, Jon Runyan, who was an absolute giant at 6-foot-7 and 330 pounds. Since Fisher’s arrival, the Rams have brought in waiver pickup Ty Nsekhe (6’8, 325), undrafted free agent Sean Hooey (6’9, 320), 2014 seventh-rounder Mitchell Van Dyk (listed during college at 6’9, 290; ended up being 6’7, 300), and practice squad player Steven Baker (6’8, 310), none of whom have really accomplished much in a Rams uniform.

By investing a high-round pick in Havenstein, the Rams now have a chance at adding a Runyan-like talent to their line. The 6-foot-7, 321-pounder has the potential to be a road-grading run blocker at the right tackle position, and he fits what the Rams want to do well. He probably wasn’t the most talented all-around tackle available when the Rams were on the clock–a player like Pittsburgh’s T.J. Clemmings might have greater upside down the road–but he fits the Rams’ philosophy very well and should thrive in their run-heavy scheme.

Next: Round 3: Jamon Brown