Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/28/12
Rams 10 Best Draft Picks
These are the ten best draft picks made by the Saint Louis Rams. This list is in no particular order. This is a list I came up with the help of a group of Rams fans. If you have different opinions, chime in via the comments section below.

Steven Jackson
Steven Jackson was the 24th pick of the 2004 season. The pick was very controversial at the time, but it has worked out great for the Rams. Jackson is a three time pro-bowl pick, and two time All-Pro. He is the all time rush leader with 9,000 rushing yards and should reach 10,000 in no time. He has had over 3,000 rushing yards and has made a total of 60 touch downs. Last year Jackson was inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame.
 
Issac Bruce
Issac Bruce there it is! Issac Bruce is arguably one the greatest wide receivers the Rams ever had. He was a huge part of the greatest show on turf. He was drafted in the second round as the 33rd pick of the draft and played with the Rams for 14 years. Bruce is an All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowl pick. Bruce has an amazing 15,208 receiving yards in his career and has had over 1,000 receptions. Bruce is one of only a handful of Rams to have his jersey number retired.

Sam Bradford
Sam Bradford was the first pick of the 2010 draft. He has only played in the NFL for two years but will take a spot on this list in the promise of a great future. Before he was drafted Bradford said that he'd do anything he could to help the Rams even if they didn't pick him. At the end of the season he was picked as the offensive rookie of the year. Bradford is an elite quarterback and coach Jeff Fisher believes that he can become the best quarterback in the NFL.
 
Chris Long
I know this pick is controversial to many, but it makes a lot of sense. Chris Long is the son of hall of famer Howie Long and is well on his way to entering the hall of fame himself. Long was the second pick of 2008. In 2011 he was named the Rams most valuable player. To date he has had 30 sacks, and 149 tackles.
 
Norm Van Brocklin
Norm Van Brocklin was the 37thpick of the 1947 draft.He didn't spend his final two years with the Rams but he did play with the LA Rams for 8 years. Brocklin went to the pro bowl seven times with the Rams and won MVP awards after leaving the Rams. In 1951 Brocklin threw for 554 yards in a single game and is a record that still remains unbroken.
 
Merlin Olsen
Merlin Olsen was drafted in 1962 as the third overall pick. He spent his entire fourteen year career with the Rams and is a Ram legend. He made it to the pro bowl every year of his career and was even the MVP in 1968. Olsen is part of the fearsome foursome. Olsen played in 208 games and had 185 tackles. Olsen has had the honor of having his number retired. When Olsen passed away in 2010, a tribute to him was on the front page of the Rams official website.
 
Jack Youngblood
Jack Youngblood was the 20thpick in 1971 and spend his entire thirteen year career with the Rams. Youngblood is in the both college and pro football hall of fame. He was the Rams MVP three times and has been to the pro bowl seven times. His number has been retired.
 
Jackie Slater
Jackie Slater was the 86th draft 1976 and played for the Rams for two decades. Slater went to the pro bowl seven times. In 1995 he won the Bart Starr man of the year award. In 2001 he was inducted into the pro football hall of fame. If you play for any team for twenty years you bet your number will be retired.
 
Orlando Pace
Orlando Pace was the first overall pick in 1997. Pace played with the Rams for eleven seasons and spent one year with the Bears before retiring. Pace made it to the Pro Bowl seven times in a row during his career.
 
Deacon Jones
Deacon Jones was drafted as the 186thpick in 1071. He was part of the fearsome foursome along with Merlin Olsen. Jones made the pro bowl seven times as a Ram. He was named the NFL defensive player of the year twice. Jones is a hall of fame inductee and has had his jersey number retired.
 
Those that missed the cut:
Jerome Bettis - left the Rams for the Steelers, the team he is now widely associated with
Tom Mack - there was no room for him on the list
Torry Holt - was not drafted by the Rams
Eric Dickerson - only half his career was spent with the Rams
 
I hope you enjoyed my list!

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