Hello again everybody. Let's get this thing started.
I could understand why the Rams might like to get something in 2015, to spread out the draft picks. The theory being if a lot of these picks work out, they're contracts won't all expire at the same time. But you're right, this is a deep draft class and I think there's even more of a sense of urgency to make something happen. And 2014 is shaping up as you suggest as one of the best drafts in years. Mike Mayock of NFL Network just said on his conference call that he thinks this is the best draft in the last 10 years, and that having a top 20 pick this year is like having a top 10 pick last year.
That certainly would be a novel approach. I can't see it happening here, at least not in the near future. But that certainly is thinking out of the box.
I wouldn't be shocked by that. And to some degree, when Snead talks about the existing roster, you have to take it with a grain of salt. Meaning, Les isn't going to rip the players on the current roster. After all, he's brought more than half of them to the roster.
I would say Watkins and Bailey or Givens starting on the outside, leaving Tavon Austin in the slot. Quick and Pettis off the bench. That's if the Rams keep six wideouts. If they don't keep 6 wideouts, playing time from last year would suggest Pettis isn't back.
I think Verner makes a lot of sense. Not only does Fisher now about him, but he blossomed into a Pro Bowler last season when Gregg Williams was a senior defensive assistant. Williams even mentioned Verner at his introductory press conference at Rams Park last week. In fact, I would be surprised if the Rams didn't make an effort to get him signed. Not as sure on Maclin. How much does he want? Would Maclin be willing to sign a one-year deal (I believe he has indicated he would.) Do you take Maclin over drafting someone in what is said to be a deep WR draft? Do the Rams have any concerns over Maclin's durability? All questions that would have to be answered.
Yes, this will be my 23rd combine. There is a lot of ground to cover at this one. And I'm looking forward to this one as much or more than any combine I have covered over the years. There's the QBs _ both the elite "first tier" guys (pardon the expression), as well as some of mid-round guys that the Rams are more likely to draft. The WRs (hello Sammyy Watkins). There are 7 Mizzou players that I will try to keep track of. The Michael Sam media session I predict will outdraw Manti Teo's from last year. I'll try to hit all of the top offensive tackles (Matthews, Robinson, Lewan). And Sunday will be big with the corners and safeties. If all that weren't enough, both Snead and Fisher will speak Friday at separate news conferences. Clowney, too.
Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News is widely regarded as the best in the business when it comes to his mock draft. Jeff Legwold of ESPN Denver is very underrated but very good. I enjoy Russ Lande's draft stuff and have known him for a long time (he's a former Rams scout). Russ will throw a curveball out there every now and then, but his stuff is very good.
I've watched enough Mizzou games to have an appreciation of Gaines. I'm not sure about Round 3. And I'm wondering how fast he runs.
I think the Rams are contemplating variable pricing, where certain games cost more than others. For example, the preseason games would cost less than the regular season when Denver comes to town. Obviously, that's a more complex way to price tickets, so that may be part of the delay. I don't think it has anything to do with LA.
If I had to pick one, I'd say Verner as well. Not only do I think you're in the ballpark. I think you have a pretty good seat.
You're probably right. But there have been some aerial pigs in a couple of states.
Yeah, the Rams went after Delmas pretty hard in free agency. But there are concerns about his knee, and I think that's why the Rams offered him only a 1-year contract. As for safety overall, my sense is that the Rams are more likely to fill that need in the draft and don't want to spend a ton of dough on that position in free agency.
I think the 18-game schedule has been put on the backburner some because of the player safety issue.
I think you'll start to see some movement on that front after the combine. There are a lot of factors that play into the fact that you don't have to rush into these things. 1.) You can get a gauge on which of your own players that you're trying to re-sign are likely to return. 2.) You can get a feel coming out of the Combine if there's potential help at a position where you're thinking of making a cap cut. 3.) The combine is the official opening of the "tampering season" _ so you can get an idea of who you might have a realistic chance of signing in free agency from other teams? 4.) You can check other team's cap cuts to see if any of them interest you. All of these things kind of play off each other.
There's no doubt Saffold is a lynch-pin to the Rams' offensive line and to a large degree their entire offeseason. I'm still not optimistic that he'll be back, but one thing I do want to point out _ and I should have mentioned this earlier _ is the Rams are not going to let him walk out of Rams Park for good without putting up a fight to keep him. He's easily their top priority in terms of re-signing. Now if some team offers him elite guard type of pay, he's gone. If that doesn't happen, the Rams have a chance.
Don't hit the paragraph key. It cuts off your question.
Well, he was a fourth-round pick, so I guess the Rams didn't overrate him. And his production and big-play moments I think gave us all the impression that he could be a difference-maker. I agree with you that he needs to run better routes, and I'd like to see him do a better job making the contested catch and tracking the ball in the air. But he did struggle through some injury issues _ knee and groin, I believe _ that also limited his effectiveness.
The Rams liked Hooey enough that they signed him to the practice squad even though he was injured much of camp. He needs to get stronger and add a little weight. Ultimately he has a right tackle's frame, I think. For what it's worth, at the end of last spring, Washington was ahead of Rok Watkins on the depth chart at guard. Washington needs to get stronger and keep his weight in control. He finally got some playing time in the league finale. I don't know if Washington has starter's potential, but a good offseason helps his cause. Person seems a little undersized to me for a tackle, but the Rams must see something they like because they hung on to Person through several roster moves (both on the o-line and the overall roster). Jones looked a little bigger and stronger even by the end of the season. He was always one of the first guys in the weight room in the morning during the regular season (he and Harkey). And he volunteered to workout with the practice squad players on Saturday. (Since they don't play in games, Rams practice squad players do conditioning work, etc. on Sat.)
I don't have a definitive opinion on that yet. But the Eastern Ill. kid (Garropolo) has a quick release, good footwork. The LSU kid has a strong arm, but kind of a scattershot arm. Murray intrigues me. McCarron if he's there after Round 2.
Good info here. And what Givens still brings is the ability to stretch defenses.