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What Chris Hovan offers the Rams

The St. Louis Rams chose quarterback over defensive tackle with the No. 1 overall choice in the 2010 NFL draft.

They found a couple veteran stopgaps to fill holes in their defensive middle, adding Fred Robbins from the New York Giants and, this week, Chris Hovan from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Robbins, 33, has averaged 13 starts per season over the past nine seasons. Hovan, 32, has averaged nearly 15 starts per season over the past 10. Robbins and Hovan will bring experience and presumably some leadership. Robbins adds good size at 6-foot-4 and 317 pounds. Hovan is known more for his motor.

I asked Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. for his initial thoughts on Hovan and this is what he said: "He is undersized, but really isn't the playmaking penetrator you would expect from a guy who doesn't have great size. He offers little as a pass-rusher and less as a run stopper. And now he is getting up in age and should only decline further."

The Rams couldn't fill all of their needs through the draft. Plucking a couple defensive linemen in free agency provided an imperfect alternative to Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy.