Bernie: Rams like Tye Hill and Greenway, but would prefer trade down
Rams might gain leverage in the draft
By Bernie Miklasz
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
The NFL draft happens today, and in an effort to stabilize overexposed fans, this space has been reserved and set aside as a hype-free zone for relatively safe reading.
Let's eliminate the fluff, dish the real info and get down to the one question that matters to Rams fans: What will the team do with the 11th overall pick?
Well, one preferred possibility in the decision room at Rams Park probably involves a quarterback. With Maryland tight end Vernon Davis and Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk off the board, the Rams next will make a wish that Florida State defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley or Texas defensive back Michael Huff is available. If they're gone, the Rams hope that a quarterback is still on the board.
If one of the top three QBs - Vince Young (Texas), Matt Leinhart (USC) or Jay Cutler (Vanderbilt) - drops to No. 11, look for the Rams to create some action. If a team covetous of a QB calls Rams Park, the organization's leadership will listen hard.
The Rams like Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway and Clemson cornerback Tye Hill, but not necessarily at No. 11. The same applies to another cluster of prospects, including N.C. State pass rusher Manny Lawson and Florida State defensive end Kamerion Wimbley. So moving down makes sense.
If the Rams stay at No. 11 and take a defensive player, the choice probably will come down to Hill or Greenway. It is believed that Hill has a slight edge.
The Rams could also use No. 11 for a quarterback if one falls to them. If no trade offers are forthcoming and head coach Scott Linehan pushes to take and keep the QB, his bosses will give him the chance to make a convincing case.
But even if they don't choose a quarterback, the Rams hope to gain leverage, and an extra draft pick, by exploiting another team's desire for a passer.
Re: Bernie: Rams like Tye Hill and Greenway, but would prefer trade down
I hope we're not stupid tomorrow and pick a QB, that's all I'm saying. See ya guys tomorrow on the chatrooms!