2 hours ago • By Jim Thomas jthomas@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8197




South Carolina receiver Ace Sanders runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 24. (AP Photo)
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Add another name to the Rams’ shopping list at wide receiver, and put an arrow pointing upward next to it. Although previously unreported, the Rams brought South Carolina wide receiver/return man Ace Sanders in for a pre-draft visit last week. And that’s only half the story.
The Rams dispatched a contingent to South Carolina on Wednesday to put Sanders through a private workout. The group included head coach Jeff Fisher, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, and backup quarterback Austin Davis.
Fisher doesn’t make many trips to see prospects, so his presence alone indicates that Sanders is under serious consideration as a draft pick next week. In what round is uncertain.
With it looking more and more like West Virginia’s Tavon Austin will be off the board by the time the Rams pick in the first round, Sanders could be a mighty-mite alternative, albeit in a later round. At 5-7, 173 pounds, Sanders is even a little smaller than Austin.
As a junior last season at South Carolina, Sanders led the Gamecocks with 45 receptions (for 531 yards) and nine touchdowns. He was even more productive as a punt returner, averaging 15.3 yards on 28 returns, including touchdowns against Georgia and Michigan. He was named co-Special Teams Player of the Year in the Southeastern Conference. Quick and explosive, Sanders plays faster than his timed speed of 4.58 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Last season, the Rams conducted private workouts with at least five draft prospects at wide receiver in the final days before the draft: Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State; Michael Floyd of Notre Dame, A.J. Jenkins of Illinois; Brian Quick of Appalachian State; and Kendall Wright of Baylor. The Rams ended up taking Quick in the second round.
They could be embarking on a similar tour, because there are unconfirmed reports that the Rams plan a private workout with Austin.