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    Carriker and the upcoming draft ..

    One nagging thought persists, and that is: Adam Carriker sustained a torn labrum last year which is a serious injury. Rehab for that sort of injury is usually a long and painful process. Haven't heard much about his progress, and I doubt many of us will before the draft. If the Rams' brass know that Adam will not be 100% when the 2008 regular season begins, (it is within the realm of possibility he'll need a full year from the date of surgery to recover) will that affect our draft plans? Are Ryan and Glover/Wroten enough? If Adam can't go, and Dorsey has injury issues of his own, do we still take a C. Long or Gholston, or even J. Long for that matter, or does Sedrick Ellis suddenly become more attractive? Your thoughts ..?


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    Re: Carriker and the upcoming draft ..

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    When PFW asked Scott Linehan about the status of 2007 first-round pick Adam Carriker late last week at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the St. Louis head coach’s first inclination was to roll his eyes toward the roof in the lobby of the Indiana Convention Center. “It was like the last insult,” Linehan said of the torn labrum Carriker suffered late in the first half of his team’s final regular-season game, capping off an extraordinarily unlucky rash of injuries that plagued the Rams from the beginning of training camp last summer. Linehan said Carriker’s injury could take as long as six months to completely recover, which means the promising defensive tackle will definitely miss the Rams’ spring minicamps and OTAs, as well as a major portion of the team’s offseason conditioning program. “He had never missed a game,” Linehan said, nodding his head. “But he’s one of those guys who routinely spends 3-4 hours in the training room, and unless he just has the worst luck in the world, we expect him to be close to 100 percent by training camp. But there’s no doubt he’s going to fall behind.”
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    Re: Carriker and the upcoming draft ..

    If the Rams question when Carriker will return from his injury, then they need to sign a veteran player who can provide immediate help at the position. Rams fans of all people should be aware that it's not exactly a lock that a rookie defensive tackle makes an immediate impact, so I wouldn't think it should change our draft plans that much.

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    Re: Carriker and the upcoming draft ..

    I second Nick; you're not drafting for the next year, you're hopefully drafting for the next 10-15 years. Even if AC was going to need to recover into the regular season, it would be more beneficial to sign a veteran than to draft Ellis or Dorsey just because he's hurt. Now, if they wanted to move AC out anyway, then it become drafting for that, not because of the injury.

    Assume AC will be fine for the start of the year.

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    Re: Carriker and the upcoming draft ..

    There's several UTs on the market that would come fairly cheap. I'd think if there were a long-term concern for Carriker, there'd be at least a hint of the Rams UT shopping from some media outlet.
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    Re: Carriker and the upcoming draft ..

    A veteran can be a good depth player for when Carriker comes back too. I still think C Long or Vernon Gholston should be our first pick. We need an IMMEDIATE DE.

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    Re: Carriker and the upcoming draft ..

    Can AC take the pounding year in and year out playing DT/NT?

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    Re: Carriker and the upcoming draft ..

    Tough call - I think he's still playing out of position at DT and could probably be used more effectively on the end. If the 'Fins take Howie's kid, maybe you guys go Jake Long with #2 and try and get Sims or Bryant in the second.

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    Re: Carriker and the upcoming draft ..

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    Can AC take the pounding year in and year out playing DT/NT?
    I think it's a little pre-mature to be worrying about that. In college he missed only a couple of games because of ankle problems but didn't miss any time as a junior or senior. And he didn't get injured until the final game of 2007. He should be fine once he gets healed up.

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    Re: Carriker and the upcoming draft ..

    I agree with the theory you don't draft for this years need you draft for the best for this year and beyond.

    This DL would be okay until Carriker returned. Ryan has really started proving himself.
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    Re: Carriker and the upcoming draft ..

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    Can AC take the pounding year in and year out playing DT/NT?
    As well as any other 6'6", 315 pounder.
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    Re: Carriker and the upcoming draft ..

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    If the Rams question when Carriker will return from his injury, then they need to sign a veteran player who can provide immediate help at the position. Rams fans of all people should be aware that ...
    Perhaps that's why they think we'll draft one. Just sayin'.

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    Re: Carriker and the upcoming draft ..

    Quote Originally Posted by chiguy View Post
    Perhaps that's why they think we'll draft one. Just sayin'.
    Hmm? I'm not quite sure I follow.

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    Re: Carriker and the upcoming draft ..

    I think chiguy's saying that people think we'll draft a DT because AC's hurting.

    As for if he can stand up to being a DT, he's big enough and hasn't had a history of injuries. Everyone gets hurt during the season, he just happened to get hurt bad in the last game. He'll probably do better against less athletic guards and centers than tackles anyway.

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