Hello again everybody. I'm in between practices at the Senior Bowl, so I've only got about an hour for questions today. Fire away.
If I had to guess, I'd say draft. The high end safeties scheduled for free agency, such as Buffalo's Jairus Byrd, could cost upwards of $6 million per. There are a couple of good ones here at the Senior Bowl including Washington State's Deone Bucannon.
In the short terms, yes. But sooner or later they're going to have to play Russell Wilson.
If it's the right safety or corner why not? But if Saffold ends up signing elsewhere _ and he will have re-signed or gone elsewhere long before the draft _ then I don't know if going with two defenders in the first round is the right thing.
I certainly can understand why Austin's actions strike a nerve with Rams fans especially those who remember the loss of the Cardinals, the failed expansion effort, and the ordeal of getting the Rams to move to St. Louis, but I think it was a pretty innocent mistake.
He's going to have to get a lot smoother in terms of his drops and coverage. (He looked better today, by the way than he did Monday on that. And had a very good day in the pass-rush drills.) But I think it's possible. And he's certainly got enough bulk to play the strongside position.
I've only seen 2 North squad practices so far. I'll watch my first South squad practice this afternoon. But RB Charles Sims of West Virginia looks like the best RB (at least on the North). DE Aaron Donald of Pittsburgh looks tough to block in one-on-one drills; he's made some good blockers look bad at times. And Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman is a strong, powerful force inside.
I think the Rams would really have to fall in love with Clowney. If they think he has the potential to be, say, the next Bruce Smith do it and find a way to get him on the field. If not, go elsewhere. His interviews with the Rams (and all teams for that matter) will be important. What makes him tick? How important is the game to him? Why doesn't he always seem to play hard? P.S. _ You don't have to worry about re-signing Quinn for a couple of years. And two years in this league is a lifetime.
I'm not even sure at this point that the Rams are going to draft a WR this year or sign one in free agency.
Do you think maybe Snead was kidding?
Interesting question. I think the Rams would rather have several good receivers than one go-to guy and a bunch of slugs. The idea being that if you just have one elite receiver and he gets shut down with extra attention by the defense (as Belichick and the Patriots do so very well), you're kind of stuck. Of course, without a true No. 1, then you've got to have several pretty good guys at WR and it's debatable if the Rams have that yet. The sense I get is that the team doesn't view WR as nearly the need area as most of us do. (And I'm in that group.) The thought being they will be more productive with Bradford back and with another yea rfor the young WRs to grow and develop.
Ha! I knew that would be coming at some point today!
You make an excellent point, and I think Saffold and his agent both realize how well he played at guard and are now open to the possibility of playing guard there. By the way, in what hardly could be called a scientific poll I do sense some interest in Saffold by at least a couple of other teams here at the Senior Bowl.
Do you mean the Rams' draft class of 2013? Or the overall draft class of 2014?
I would be surprised if the Rams DIDN'T draft a quarterback this year. I don't think it will be a project type in Rounds 6 or 7, and I don't expect it to be someone in the first round or even second. So by the process of elimination, I guess that leaves the middle rounds. There are some interesting QBs here, including the whiz-kid from Eastern Illinois, Jimmy Garoppolo. Aaron Murray is here, by they way. He's still rehabbing the knee, but is meeting with teams. As of Monday evening, he had not met with the Rams.
The early line I get is that it's a pretty good draft, better than 2013, with some quality at the top and good depth.
It is surprising to me that the Patriots haven't done more in recent years to give Brady better help at wide receiver. They should've never let Welker go, either. Keep in mind, they play in what has been a very mediocre division in recent years. It's not hard to win that division. And against the Broncos on Sunday, they looked like a team that didn't have enough talent on the perimeter. But I don't think Belichick is a bored genius, I think he very much wants to win another Super Bowl or two.
They only one I can say for sure is Saffold. I don't think they're going to extend themselves financially for Chris Williams and Shelley Smith.
Yes, the deep ball was lacking for the most part with Clemens. I think it would make a lot of sense, however, to bring back Clemens, and add a third quarterback in the draft.
Trading down within the top 6: 50%; Keeping the pick and drafting a QB: 1%. Keeping pick and drafting Clowney: 15%. Keeping the pick and drafting Watkins: 10%
Only if Houston, Jacksonville, Oakland, Buffalo, Miami are added to the NFC and Seattle, San Francisco, Carolina, and New Orleans head to the AFC.
Bradford should be back for the start of training camp. Jake Long may miss a couple of games. The Rams will address the secondary in the offseason. WR could remain an issue.