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    Bits From Rams Pre-Draft Luncheon

    Just a few things from Charlie Armey and Lawrence McCutcheon, who answered questions Wednesday for the media. Mike Martz was not present due to limiting his work load after back surgery.


    Armey said he thought the best player in the draft is
    S. Carolina WR Troy Williamson, who he called a special talent that can't be covered.

    McCutcheon is very high on Georgia safety Thomas Davis, who he feels is a top ten talent. Armey also gave him glowing report.

    Armey said they will look first and foremost for an "impact" player in round one, and though he wasn't clear, he didn't rule out trading up in round one.

    Armey feels there will be a higher than usual number of trades on the first day, especially as the draft plays out.

    Martz is reported to like three mid to late round quarterbacks, particularly Ryan Fitzpatrick of Harvard. The others are a passer named Lane from Sam Houston State and another named Ochs who ended his college career at Montana.

    The Rams have done extensive background checks on former Ohio State RB Maurice Clarette, and he could be a guy they go after on day two as a result of their positive findings.

    Another player with question marks off the field that the Rams are very high on is Georgia LB Odell Thurman, who they feel is the best inside linebacker in the draft, and a guy they may take a shot at in round two if he is still on the board.

    Armey detailed their reports on the top three offensive tackles, and said all three should be able to start soon. He
    explained that Jammal Brown is more physical than the other two an can dominate the line of scrimmage. He also said they brought Brown in because of concern over his low wonderlich score, and also talked to academic advisors at Oklahoma about him. Armey pointed out that two Pro Bowl O-linemen last year had scores of 11 and 12 on the wonderlich when they came out.

    McCutcheon said Alex Barron, the top rated tackle, lacks the consistent effort that the other two first round tackles have shown.

    Armey said he feels there are some safeties after round one that are good prospects, including some who were cornerbacks in college that could move there.

    Armey discounted the effect that questions about "triangle numbers" could have on highly productive college players such as DE David Pollack, who he obviously loves. Armey also likes Michigan DB Marlin Jackson.

    Armey indicated the team will definitely be looking for players who could be top kick return specialists.

    Though Armey and the scouting staff will stack the draft board for the most part, Martz will have the final say among a handful of players that are graded equally on draft day.

    Armey indicated that it isn't out of the question for the Rams to draft a punter, if "it's the right punter".

    Armey indicated that tis year's group has few guys they will pull from the board due to character issues, though he questioned taking guys who tested positive for drugs at the combine, since they knew they would be tested. That should leave Wisconsin defensive tackle Antraj Hawthorne off the Rams board.

    Armey also said they avoid guys who have a history of questioning their coaches, and that they would avoid them. He specifically spoke of St. Louis native Damian Nash, the Missouri RB in that light.

    Armey made it clear that their top two needs are RT and safety, which came as no surprise.

    Barry Waller - premier writer - Gridiron Gateway
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    Re: Bits From Rams Pre-Draft Luncheon

    Quote Originally Posted by Armey
    Armey made it clear that their top two needs are RT and safety.
    It would seem we are all on the same page going into the draft. That's good to hear.

    Go Rams!!! :ramlogo:

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