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Rams get second overall draft pick

Rams get second overall draft pick
ATLANTA - For the second straight season, the Rams are being "rewarded" for having the NFL's second-worst record. Once again, St. Louis gets the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.

Last season, the Rams chose Virginia defensive end Chris Long at No. 2 overall. This season, they'll draft behind Detroit, which earned the No. 1 overall pick by virtue of going 0-16.

The Rams and Chiefs both finished with 2-14 records. But Kansas City - barely - had a stronger strength of schedule. As a result of that tiebreaker, the Rams draft second and the Chiefs third.

A lot could change before April, but for now the Rams could take the best offensive tackle available with that pick. Although most underclassmen have yet to declare, right now that's Michael Oher of Mississippi (6-5, 320 pounds), Eugene Monroe of Virginia (6-5, 315) or Jason Smith of Baylor (6-5, 300).

Schedule set

Although the times and dates won't be set until the spring, the Rams know who their opponents are in 2009.

At home, the Rams face Green Bay, Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota and New Orleans, as well as NFC West foes Arizona, San Francisco and Seattle.

On the road, the Rams play Chicago, Detroit, Jacksonville, Tennessee and Washington, plus their division foes.

Fourteen of the 16 opponents were predetermined entering this season because of the NFL's scheduling formula. The only games decided based on the Rams' division finish were the New Orleans and Washington contests. The Saints (NFC South) and Redskins (NFC East) finished last in their divisions, as did the Rams in the West.

milestone for Jones

Somehow, Donnie Jones didn't make the Pro Bowl. But the Rams punter became only the second player in NFL history to finish a season with a punting average of 50 yards a kick.

Jones finished exactly at 50.0 yards per punt, with 4,100 yards on 82 boots this season. On a day when Jones dropped two punts inside the 20, he pulled out the milestone on the last of his five kicks Sunday.

Jones' 64-yard punt with 10 minutes, 45 seconds left in the game rolled into the end zone for a touchback. It put Jones exactly at 50.0 - and he didn't punt again against Atlanta.

dubious milestones

The Rams' 14 losses this season is a franchise record. Only six other Rams teams have won two games or fewer. Most recently, the 1982 Rams went 2-7 during a strike-shortened season, and the 1962 Rams went 1-12-1.

The Rams' total of 465 points allowed this season was the second-worst in franchise history. The high-scoring 2000 Rams, who made the playoffs as a wild-card team, gave up 471 points.

The Rams' total of 232 points scored this season was the 10th-lowest total in franchise history. The inaugural Rams team, the 1937 Cleveland Rams, holds the franchise record for fewest points scored (75).

The Rams' point differential of minus 233 points - subtracting the 232 points scored from the 465 points allowed - is a franchise record, easily surpassing the negative differential of 175 points last season.


The Rams escaped the season finale with no serious injuries. Cornerback Jonathan Wade missed some time after suffering a first-quarter hip pointer but returned to finish the game.

Sunday's inactives were: G Jacob Bell (hamstring), CB Fakhir Brown (ankle), G Richie Incognito (illness), DT Antwon Burton, OT Anthony Davis, DE Eric Moore and S David Roach.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 29, 2008

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