Top 30 Draft Selections in St. Louis Rams History

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Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett (80) runs the ball after a catch against Detroit Lions cornerback Ron Bartell (41) during 2nd Half of a game at Ford Field. Bears won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

25. Ron Bartell, CB, Round 2, Pick 50 Overall, 2005

Ron Bartell played during a terrible era of St. Louis Rams football, as the team went 19-83 during his seven-season tenure in St. Louis. He was, however, one of the few bright spots on a Rams defense that was generally disastrous while he was a part of it. While he didn’t have any seasons that stood out as Pro Bowl caliber, he was consistently reliable in coverage and rose to the challenge time after time, a task that was difficult considering the circumstances under which he played.

Bartell was particularly good during a 2008 season where he played in all 16 games, intercepted three passes, defended 19 passes, and forced two fumbles while making 57 tackles, including a sack. His career numbers with the Rams were perfectly solid as well, as he played in 89 games (starting 64), while intercepting eight passes (one of which he ran back for a 47-yard touchdown), defending 57 passes, forcing nine fumbles, and making a total of 311 tackles. He suffered a neck injury in the opener of the 2011 season, and he signed with the Oakland Raiders after the season but was never the same, disappearing from the NFL after the 2012 season.

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