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Rams finally admit the mistakes of 2006

On the same day that the Rams traded their first-round draft pick from 2006 for a bowl of soup, they also dumped their second-round pick from that season: Joe Klopfenstein.

At least they got something back for Hill.

Klopfenstein was advertised as a catch-first tight end, but he only had 13 grabs over the last two seasons after a reasonably productive rookie year.

As pointed out by Evan Silva over at Rotoworld (PFT’s second cousin by marriage), the Rams’ 2006 draft class was comically bad, especially on the first day.  Hill and Klopfenstein are practically Canton-bound compared to the team’s three third-round picks.

Tight end Dominique Byrd had multiple run ins with the law before getting cut. 

Defensive tackle Claude Wroten was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and eventually dumped.

The last third-rounder, linebacker Jon Alston, lasted one season before getting released.  (He’s now on the Raiders.)

Two players remain on the Rams from the 2006 draft (guard Mark Setterstrom, defensive end Victor Adeyanju), but neither start for the team.

And that, ladies and gentleman, is how you wind up drafting second overall in consecutive seasons.

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16 Responses to “Rams finally admit the mistakes of 2006”
  1. wrath4771 says: Sep 1, 2009 6:38 PM

    So if anyone has a brain aneurysm in the future and decides to give Scott Linehan or anyone from the Rams organization a second chance, lets review:
    Jay Cutler for Tye Hill and Claude Wroten.
    Yeah, that worked out real well for the Rams.

  2. Backinthesaddle says: Sep 1, 2009 7:01 PM

    When I saw Scott Linehan coaching I knew they had THE WRONG GUY. Apparently he wasn’t any better at recognizing talent.

  3. Ray says: Sep 1, 2009 9:05 PM

    Linehan is with the Lions now.

  4. Clevelander says: Sep 1, 2009 9:28 PM

    Well in 1996 they drafted Lawrence Phillips, Eddie Kennison and Tony Banks with their top three picks.
    Three years later they won a Super Bowl with Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt and Kurt Warner. So watch out for ‘em this year.

  5. DonkeyRider says: Sep 1, 2009 9:30 PM

    To fully understand the Rams draft futility, you have to go back to the 2001 draft where they had 3 first round draft picks. The Rams came out of the first round with two defensive tackles (Damione Lewis and Ryan Pickett) and safety Adam Archuleta, passing on defensive tackles Casey Hampton, Marcus Stroud, Kris Jenkins, and Shaun Rodgers. Throw in second round pick (#42 overall) Tommy Polley, and you have a superfecta of draft failure.

  6. Quagmire says: Sep 1, 2009 9:46 PM

    Did Al Davis make up their draft board that year?

  7. ToledoLions says: Sep 1, 2009 9:54 PM

    Dear Ray:
    Linehan is with the Lions as an Offensive Coordinator not the Head Coach. So if your trying to imply that the Lions are stupid and will remain horrible because he is a coordinator then your an idiot. Remember now (which your probably a retarded burnout so it’s hard for you to remember anything) Linehan has been one of the best O. Coordinators in the league for the past decade ( ex: late 90′s and early 2000′s Minnesota Vikings Coordinator. Remember how good that offense was?). Just because he was a bad Head Coach doesn’t mean he’s not a good coach ( i.e: Norv Turner, one of the greatest offensive minds in history but has always been a very bad head coach). He may not be a good judge of talent, good at managing and putting together a successful team, or being a Head Coach period, but he doesn’t have to do any of that in Detroit he just has to design and run the offense.
    In summary you obviously don’t know anything about football if you believe that because a person didn’t field a good team as a Head Coach that he automatically shouldn’t be in the NFL and any team that hires will lose. He is a great Offensive Coordinator and the Lions offense with the weapons it has will be very good under him because he knows what he’s doing when it comes to offense.
    P.S. all those players from that draft that suck and aren’t on the team or in the NFL anymore aren’t the Head Coaches fault. In case you don’t know there are people on an NFL team called scouts, and another guy called a General Manager. Those are the people responsible for the 2006 draft disaster not the Head Coach.

  8. Ray says: Sep 1, 2009 11:15 PM

    ToledoLions,
    First of all, I didn’t say he was the Head Coach. I just said that he was with the Lions.
    Second, The Lions had Mike Martz (another former Rams Head Coach) as their offensive coordinator and they still wasn’t sh*t!
    You are taking this too damn personal! Don’t get mad at the truth, son. I know more about football that you will ever know.
    And as far as bad drafts are concerned, the Lions got that down pat. You wanna be pissed at someone, start with Matt Millen, not me!

  9. Mangy66 says: Sep 2, 2009 1:51 AM

    Sad thing is…Jon Alston is battling for a starting job in Oakland.
    It must be BAAAAAD in Oakland.

  10. LighTsouT says: Sep 2, 2009 1:52 AM

    As a Rams fan, I hate Scott Linehan and the mess he made of teh team. With that stated, I must side with Mr. Toledo over there. Scott Linehan has an amazing track record as an offensive coordinator. However, I think I could’ve even been an amazing O-Coordinator having Randy Moss and Daunte Culpepper. Just saying.

  11. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Sep 2, 2009 3:00 AM

    ToledoLions says: September 1, 2009 9:54 PM
    Dear Ray:
    Linehan is with the Lions as an Offensive Coordinator not the Head Coach. So if your trying to imply that the Lions are stupid and will remain horrible because he is a coordinator then your an idiot. Remember now (which your probably a retarded burnout so it’s hard for you to remember anything) Linehan has been one of the best O. Coordinators in the league for the past decade ( ex: late 90′s and early 2000′s Minnesota Vikings Coordinator. Remember how good that offense was?). Just because he was a bad Head Coach doesn’t mean he’s not a good coach ( i.e: Norv Turner, one of the greatest offensive minds in history but has always been a very bad head coach). He may not be a good judge of talent, good at managing and putting together a successful team, or being a Head Coach period, but he doesn’t have to do any of that in Detroit he just has to design and run the offense.
    In summary you obviously don’t know anything about football if you believe that because a person didn’t field a good team as a Head Coach that he automatically shouldn’t be in the NFL and any team that hires will lose. He is a great Offensive Coordinator and the Lions offense with the weapons it has will be very good under him because he knows what he’s doing when it comes to offense.
    P.S. all those players from that draft that suck and aren’t on the team or in the NFL anymore aren’t the Head Coaches fault. In case you don’t know there are people on an NFL team called scouts, and another guy called a General Manager. Those are the people responsible for the 2006 draft disaster not the Head Coach.
    ========================================
    Hey ToledoLions,
    Since we’re pointing the “Idiot, retarded burnout finger” at people. It seems that you don’t remember another phenomenal Rams Offensive Coordinator, who couldn’t cut it as Head Coach, and then moved on to be the Lions Offensive Coordinator and we all know how that turned out…

  12. BungelsFan says: Sep 2, 2009 7:57 AM

    I don’t see what any of you Rams fans have to complain about. Try being a Bengals fan. Now there’s a lesson in futility. We are the Washington Generals of the NFL.

  13. tv says: Sep 2, 2009 9:13 AM

    I’m sorry but no one named Joe Klopfenstein will ever be a player in the league. To play in the NFL you need a cool name – like Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Drew Brees, etc.
    Joe Klopfenstein?? Get outta here!

  14. tv says: Sep 2, 2009 9:16 AM

    I’m sorry but no one named Joe Klopfenstein will ever be a player in the league. To play in the NFL you need a cool name – like Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Drew Brees, etc.
    Joe Klopfenstein?? Get outta here!

  15. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Sep 2, 2009 9:27 AM

    @tv
    I heard you the first time.

  16. Bobarian says: Sep 2, 2009 10:16 AM

    Playing for the Raiders is worse than being completely out of the league.

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