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Kris Jenkins factor
The NFL Draft:
By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Saturday, Apr. 28 2007
If a trade for Carolina defensive tackle Kris Jenkins materializes, it looks
like it will be an 11th-hour deal. An uneventful Friday came and went at Rams
Park. Team officials and coaches met in the morning, then went into the
There was more wait than see. There was no contact with Carolina team officials
Friday, the eve of the NFL draft. In fact, league sources say there has been no
communication between the Rams and Carolina since shortly after the Panthers
let it be known on Easter weekend that they would entertain trade offers for
At that time, the Panthers were believed to be asking for at least a
first-rounder for Jenkins, a three-time Pro Bowler who has been hampered by
injuries in two of the past three seasons. It is believed the Rams offered a
But that's been it in terms of dialogue between the teams. Kansas City and
Denver appear to be the other teams interested in Jenkins, but no team has
offered more than a third-rounder.
Carolina's best hope is that several defensive linemen are selected ahead of
the Rams, who pick 13, making them "desperate" for Jenkins. But no matter what
happens in the early rounds of the draft, if the Panthers are waiting for the
Rams to offer a first-round pick for Jenkins, it will be a l-o-n-g wait.
Then again, deadlines usually create a sense of urgency.
With or without Jenkins, the Rams' first-round draft strategy is clear: Take
the best defensive player available. Any need for offense in the opening round
disappeared with Wednesday's trade for Kansas City wide receiver-return man
In two out of the past three drafts, the Rams have traded up (2004 for Steven
Jackson), or traded down (2006 for Tye Hill). The Rams fielded a few calls
during the week about trading spots, but they amounted to nothing substantial.
Exactly who's available when the Rams pick at No. 13 early this afternoon
depends on how several scenarios play out ahead of St. Louis. Obviously, the
Rams need both top quarterbacks to be taken before them: LSU's JaMarcus Russell
and Notre Dame's Brady Quinn. Ditto for the top two offensive tackles: Joe
Thomas of Wisconsin and Levi Brown of Penn State.
Although unlikely, if Ohio State wide receiver-return man Ted Ginn Jr. moves
into the top 12, that would push another defensive player down to the Rams.
Keep an eye on Houston, at No. 10. In dire need of offensive line help for new
starting quarterback Matt Schaub, the Texans might move out of that spot if
Thomas and Brown are gone. The rumor du jour Friday had Denver trading up to
Houston's spot to take Mississippi inside linebacker Patrick Willis.
The Broncos want to get ahead of San Francisco at No. 11, because despite
plenty of speculation to the contrary, a lot of people around the league think
the ***** are targeting Willis — and not Nebraska defensive lineman Adam
If the Broncos indeed swap spots with Houston, that's probably not good for the
Rams. Because with Willis off the board, the ***** are likely to take Carriker,
who's thought to be the prototype defensive end for the 3-4 alignment. (The 3-4
is San Francisco's base defense.)
At No. 12, Buffalo was thought to be contemplating taking Pittsburgh
cornerback-punt returner Darrelle Revis or California running back Marshawn
Lynch. Either pick fills a huge lead because the Bills lost cornerback Nate
Clements to San Francisco in free agency and traded running back Willis McGahee
All told, five prospects could be in play for the Rams if they stay at No. 13:
Carriker, Revis, Michigan cornerback Leon Hall, Arkansas defensive end Jamaal
Anderson, and Louisville defensive tackle Amobi Okoye.
Okoye isn't expected to be there at No. 13. Most observers don't think he'll
get past Atlanta at No. 8. But if he is, the teen phenom presents an
interesting dilemma for the Rams. Their primary need is at nose tackle, and
Okoye's best position is the "3-technique" tackle spot — which relies more on
speed and penetration skills than the brawny run-stuffing requirements of the
nose. The Rams already have veteran La'Roi Glover and second-year man Claude
Wroten at the "3-technique." Adding Okoye would result in an overload at that
Carriker probably is the best fit for the Rams among the defensive linemen who
could be available. Although his primary position in college was defensive end,
Carriker weighed in at 308 pounds on his 6-6 frame when he paid a pre-draft
visit to Rams Park the second week of April. Many teams, the Rams included,
think Carriker would make an excellent defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme — which
is the Rams' base defense.
Carriker is strong and solid against the run. He's probably more ready to play
than Okoye or Anderson. Anderson, who came to Arkansas as a walk-on wide
receiver, has tons of potential but is raw. He turned pro a year early and has
only one year as a starter under his belt. But he made the most of that one
starting season leading the Southeastern Conference in sacks last season with
Re: Kris Jenkins factor
So it looks like Carriker, Anderson or Okoye will be our options.
I like it.
Based on this article I would take Carriker if he is in fact available at 13.
Only the great DRAFT jeannie knows for now.