G/C Barrett Jones – 4th round (#113)
The St. Louis Rams started day three of the NFL Draft by adding a piece to the offensive line.
St. Louis selected Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones in the fourth round, a player regarded as one of the smartest prospects in the entire draft.
Jones started four years on the offensive line for Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa and played three different positions on three different national championship teams: right guard, left tackle, and center.
The Rams envision him as an interior lineman at either the center or guard position.
Jones won two different distinguished awards for the Crimson Tide, earning the Outland Trophy in 2011 (given to the nation’s top interior lineman) and the Rimington Award in 2012 (given to the nation’s top center).
He graduated from Alabama with a master’s degree in accounting and a 4.0 GPA.
CB Brandon McGee – 5th round (#149)
The Rams then addressed an area of need on defense in the fifth round of the draft, taking Miami cornerback Brandon McGee.
McGee was timed at 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine. He was a captain his senior season and started his last two years with the Hurricanes, totaling three interceptions, 11 pass deflections and 109 tackles in 44 games.
McGee tied for sixth on the team in tackles his senior season and figures to provide depth for a team that entered Saturday with just four cornerbacks on the roster. He was the 149th overall selection.
RB Zac Stacy – 5th round (#160)
The St. Louis Rams traded both of their sixth-round picks to the Houston Texans and concluded their draft by selecting Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy in the fifth round.
The 5-8, 216-pound Stacy was third in the SEC with 1,141 yards rushing as a senior with 10 touchdowns. He’s the school’s only player to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons and holds school career records of 3,143 yards and 30 touchdowns.
The Rams need depth at running back after losing Steven Jackson in free agency, leaving them with a pair of second-year players in Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead.
The burly Stacy could help in short-yardage situations.
All three of the selections made by the Rams on day three of the draft were captains of their respective teams in 2012.