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St. Louis Rams

The headline, of course, is that the Rams selected Missouri defensive end Michael Sam in the seventh round, making him the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL. Sam will have a chance to compete for a job on one of the league’s best defensive lines. Other than that, the Rams addressed their needs in the secondary with two more defensive backs. St. Louis drafted three defensive backs this draft.

Arizona Cardinals

The flashy move of the day was the Cardinals taking Logan Thomas, the athletic but erratic quarterback from Virginia Tech. Thomas was one of the draft’s most polarizing players: Some thought he had the tools to be a starting quarterback, but others thought he had too many flaws. Thomas will be able to come in and sit behind QB Carson Palmer for at least a year or two.

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San Francisco 49ers

One of the biggest needs for the 49ers heading into the draft was cornerback, and San Francisco addressed that on the final day. The 49ers took three cornerbacks, most notably Dontae Johnson from N.C. State in the fourth round. They also took explosive wide receiver Bruce Ellington in the fourth round. Many analysts had Ellington going higher than that, and he gives them the speedy counter to bigger-bodied targets Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree.

Day 3 picks at a glance
A look at how the Seahawks’ NFC West rivals did on the final day of the NFL draft Saturday.
Rams picks Pos, player Ht, wt College
4. (110) S Maurice Alexander 6-1, 220 Utah State
6. (188) CB E.J. Gaines 5-10, 190 Missouri
6. (214) QB Garrett Gilbert 6-4, 221 Southern Methodist
7. (226) OT Mitchell Van Dyk 6-7, 313 Portland State
7. (241) FS C.B. Bryant 5-9, 198 Ohio State
7. (249) DE Michael Sam 6-2, 261 Missouri
7. (250) C Demetrius Rhaney 6-2, 301 Tennessee State
Cardinals picks Pos, player Ht, wt College
4. (120) QB Logan Thomas 6-6, 248 Virginia Tech
5. (160) DE Ed Stinson 6-3, 287 Alabama
6. (196) WR Walt Powell 5-11, 189 Murray State
49ers picks Pos, player Ht, wt College
4. (106) WR Bruce Ellington 5-9, 197 South Carolina
4. (129) CB Dontae Johnson 6-2, 200 North Carolina State
5. (150) DE Aaron Lynch 6-5, 249 South Florida
5. (170) CB Keith Reaser 5-10, 189 Florida Atlantic
6. (180) CB Kenneth Acker 6-0, 190 Southern Methodist
7. (243) DE Kaleb Ramsey 6-3, 293 Boston College
7. (245) FB Trey Millard 6-2, 247 Oklahoma

— Jayson Jenks

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