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Rams Draft Defensive Back Lamarcus Joyner 41st Overall

Posted May 9, 2014

"If I've got to pack on 100 lbs to move to offensive guard, I'll do whatever I can to help the organization," said Joyner.

The Rams could not have been more pleased with the outcome of their two first-round draft choices Thursday, though the decision to add to the offensive and defensive lines meant the team had deferred addressing another positional need—defensive back.

The Rams took care of that position with the 41st overall selection on Friday evening, drafting Florida State corner Lamarcus Joyner. In a different season, with a defensive back class lacking the depth of this group, Joyner may well have been a first-round pick. The 5’8” Joyner plays much larger than his height would suggest, and has demonstrated developing ball skills as well as contributing in run support.

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The Rams were enamored enough with Joyner to trade up to 41st overall to acquire the Florida State corner.

“He was clearly the guy that we identified last night, this morning before we started and we suspected that there was a team ahead of us that had interest in him, so we had to get above them,” Head Coach Jeff Fisher said. “And as it was, they traded down after he left, so I think we were right. We didn’t want to lose him, and he’s just an outstanding player. He plays all over their defense. He plays outside, he plays in the slot, he plays high, he blitzes, so he’s a plug-in Day 1 nickelback. He’s very, very aggressive, tackles well. He’s got average ball skills. We’ll work on that. They kind of dinged him, I think, after we drafted him on his ball skills.”

Joyner was named first-team All-ACC during his senior season with the Seminoles, a year in which he led Florida State cornerbacks with 69 tackles, including seven for a loss.

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Joyner highlighted his hard-hitting nature during a nine-minute conference call with St. Louis media following his selection.

“I’d say (I’m) aggressive,” Joyner said. “I play football. I’m physical. I feel like nobody wants to be physical for 60 minutes. It’s like fighting someone in the boxing ring. You punch that guy with all you have and he looks at you in the eye and says, ‘That’s all you have?’  That takes the spirit out of someone. So I play physical football because I know no man is going to want to play 60 minutes like I am. My whole mentality is I’m going to make the guy across the line from me quit before I do.”

Fisher and Snead offered the possibility that Joyner could see some occasional work at safety in addition to corner. Now three years into the Snead-Fisher leadership team, the Rams have seen their defensive backfield take on a significant overhaul. Joyner joins a group that includes corners Brandon McGee, Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson, and safeties Rodney McLeod and T.J. McDonald as members of the Rams’ defensive backfield who have been acquired by Fisher and Snead.

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