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    What will the Rams do?

    BY JEFF GORDON
    STLTODAY.COM SPORTS COLUMNIST
    Wednesday, Apr. 12 2006

    The 2006 NFL Draft is shaping up as big-time fun for the citizens of Rams
    Nation.

    This squad has a new head coach, an overhauled coaching staff and many needs.
    The Rams have a reasonably high first pick, 11th overall. And the stock of each
    potential first-round pick appears to be fluctuating wildly.

    Across the Internet, experts are posting and then revising their mock drafts.
    As of yet, there is no consensus on what the Rams will do. Take a look:


    Mel Kiper, ESPN: Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa.

    Ron Borges, NBC Sports.com: Greenway.

    Todd McShay, Scouts Inc.: Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt.

    Charles Robinson, Yahoo! Sports: Cutler.

    Pete Prisco, CBS SportsLine: Jimmy Williams, CB, Virginia Tech.

    Dennis Dodd, CBS SportsLine: Jimmy Williams

    Clark Judge, CBS SportsLine: Tye Hill, CB, Clemson.

    Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com: Brodrick Bunkley, DT, Florida State.

    Chris Colston, USAToday.com: Michael Huff, DB, Texas.

    Nate Davis, USAToday.com: Jason Allen, S, Tennessee:


    Now let’s consider the trends. Early on, Cutler’s stock soared and his name
    appeared in the high end of the draft. Many experts had him pegged for the Jets
    at No. 4 or the Packers at No. 5.

    Later mock drafts had him falling past the Rams, into the teens. Now more
    draftniks are speculating that the Rams will ignore their considerable needs on
    the defensive side and take Cutler.

    “The team has other, more pressing needs,” McShay wrote, “but drafting a
    quarterback of the future will be too big a temptation to bypass. New head
    coach Scott Linehan is an offensive guru and it is rumored that he likes Cutler
    as a fit for his system. Furthermore, Marc Bulger is brittle, Gus Frerotte is
    an aging stopgap and the team needs a better contingency plan than QB Ryan
    Fitzpatrick.”

    Rang of Scout.com had defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley falling, Jimmy
    Kennedy-like, in the first round. He believes the Rams would seize this
    opportunity to fill that hole in their defense.

    “The Rams have a great many options with this pick,” Rang wrote. “Outside
    linebacker, tight end and quarterback Jay Cutler all make sense for various
    reasons. However, the Rams finished 27th in run defense last season and are
    seeking to replace two former first-round defensive tackles in Ryan Pickett and
    Damione Lewis. Bunkley broke the FSU record for tackles for loss in a season
    with 25 and was one of the top performers at both the Senior Bowl and combine.”

    During a live chat on ESPN.com Wednesday afternoon, the peerless Kiper was
    asked if Texas defensive back Michael Huff could fall to the Rams.

    “I don’t think there’s a chance at 11,” Kiper responded. “He’s too highly
    regarded. He’s at worst one of the top eight players in the draft. I have the
    Rams taking Chad Greenway at 11. They would also consider Jay Cutler.”

    (There you go -- another half-vote for Cutler! Could it be that Linehan is
    starting to fall in love with a new young quarterback to mentor?)

    Borges seconded Kiper’s opinion on Greenway, who wasn’t ranked nearly as highly
    on other draft boards. Why not?

    “Greenway’s performance at the Combine raised a few eyebrows when he posted
    sub-par speed and strength numbers,” Scout.com reported. “His stock has fallen
    a bit, but personal workouts usually can allay any fears that teams have with a
    player's ability with a good performance. He won’t fall out of the top 20 and
    with a big-time performance in his individual workouts he could move close to
    the top 10. He would make a lot of teams happy as a weakside playmaking
    linebacker, so expect him to go anywhere from 12 to 18 in the draft.”

    Cornerback Jimmy Williams, another strong possibility for the Rams, was ranked
    anywhere from 10th to 24th by our informal panel. “Last remembered for getting
    kicked out of Virginia Tech's bowl game,” wrote Dodd. “Perfect fit in the
    me-first NFL; brilliant athletically but still a head case at times. Hey, it
    worked for Deion (Sanders).”

    Cornerback Tye Hill and safety Jason Allen have drifted to later in the first
    round -– or worse -– in most of the mock drafts we’ve seen. Concerns about
    Allen’s hip injury lowered his stock, but teams are warming up to him again.

    “Fortunately he has pushed his way back into the first round,” Kiper said
    during his ESPN.com chat.

    An earlier NFLDraftScout.com draft had North Carolina State linebacker Manny
    Lawson going to the Rams as his stock continued to rise.

    “Lawson is expected to be drafted by a team looking to transition him to
    outside linebacker, probably in a 3-4 alignment,” observed NFLDraftScout.com
    “The question about the 6-foot-6, 241-pounder was not speed, as Lawson blazed a
    4.43-second 40-yard dash at the Combine, but agility and explosiveness. Lawson,
    however, ran a 6.90 in the three cone drill, the test designed to show change
    of direction. His time was faster than all linebackers not named A.J. Hawk who
    are expected to be drafted on the first day.”

    So there you go. The Rams’ draft options are varied and intriguing. The Cutler
    buzz is starting to build. So is the Greenway buzz.

    This should be a lot of fun.


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    Re: What will the Rams do?

    When is the draft? It seems to take longer than Christmas...

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    Re: What will the Rams do?

    This article is exactly why I'm tired of new mock drafts every day. It's fun to speculate a little and see some mock drafts, but now it's just overplayed and overhyped. We all know by now who we want and who could and should be available. There is not much more to be said until the Rams are on the clock with the 11th pick. I'm with Tx, bring on the draft.
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    Draft buzz: What will the Rams do?

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    Draft buzz: What will the Rams do?


    BY JEFF GORDON
    STLTODAY.COM SPORTS COLUMNIST
    04/12/2006
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    Columnist Jeff Gordon
    (E-mail a "Letter to Gordo")

    The 2006 NFL Draft is shaping up as big-time fun for the citizens of Rams Nation.

    This squad has a new head coach, an overhauled coaching staff and many needs. The Rams have a reasonably high first pick, 11th overall. And the stock of each potential first-round pick appears to be fluctuating wildly.

    Across the Internet, experts are posting and then revising their mock drafts. As of yet, there is no consensus on what the Rams will do. Take a look:


    Mel Kiper, ESPN: Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa.

    Ron Borges, NBC Sports.com: Greenway.

    Todd McShay, Scouts Inc.: Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt.

    Charles Robinson, Yahoo! Sports: Cutler.

    Pete Prisco, CBS SportsLine: Jimmy Williams, CB, Virginia Tech.

    Dennis Dodd, CBS SportsLine: Jimmy Williams

    Clark Judge, CBS SportsLine: Tye Hill, CB, Clemson.

    Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com: Brodrick Bunkley, DT, Florida State.

    Chris Colston, USAToday.com: Michael Huff, DB, Texas.

    Nate Davis, USAToday.com: Jason Allen, S, Tennessee:


    Now let’s consider the trends. Early on, Cutler’s stock soared and his name appeared in the high end of the draft. Many experts had him pegged for the Jets at No. 4 or the Packers at No. 5.

    Later mock drafts had him falling past the Rams, into the teens. Now more draftniks are speculating that the Rams will ignore their considerable needs on the defensive side and take Cutler.

    “The team has other, more pressing needs,” McShay wrote, “but drafting a quarterback of the future will be too big a temptation to bypass. New head coach Scott Linehan is an offensive guru and it is rumored that he likes Cutler as a fit for his system. Furthermore, Marc Bulger is brittle, Gus Frerotte is an aging stopgap and the team needs a better contingency plan than QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.”

    Rang of Scout.com had defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley falling, Jimmy Kennedy-like, in the first round. He believes the Rams would seize this opportunity to fill that hole in their defense.

    “The Rams have a great many options with this pick,” Rang wrote. “Outside linebacker, tight end and quarterback Jay Cutler all make sense for various reasons. However, the Rams finished 27th in run defense last season and are seeking to replace two former first-round defensive tackles in Ryan Pickett and Damione Lewis. Bunkley broke the FSU record for tackles for loss in a season with 25 and was one of the top performers at both the Senior Bowl and combine.”

    During a live chat on ESPN.com Wednesday afternoon, the peerless Kiper was asked if Texas defensive back Michael Huff could fall to the Rams.

    “I don’t think there’s a chance at 11,” Kiper responded. “He’s too highly regarded. He’s at worst one of the top eight players in the draft. I have the Rams taking Chad Greenway at 11. They would also consider Jay Cutler.”

    (There you go -- another half-vote for Cutler! Could it be that Linehan is starting to fall in love with a new young quarterback to mentor?)

    Borges seconded Kiper’s opinion on Greenway, who wasn’t ranked nearly as highly on other draft boards. Why not?

    “Greenway’s performance at the Combine raised a few eyebrows when he posted sub-par speed and strength numbers,” Scout.com reported. “His stock has fallen a bit, but personal workouts usually can allay any fears that teams have with a player's ability with a good performance. He won’t fall out of the top 20 and with a big-time performance in his individual workouts he could move close to the top 10. He would make a lot of teams happy as a weakside playmaking linebacker, so expect him to go anywhere from 12 to 18 in the draft.”

    Cornerback Jimmy Williams, another strong possibility for the Rams, was ranked anywhere from 10th to 24th by our informal panel. “Last remembered for getting kicked out of Virginia Tech's bowl game,” wrote Dodd. “Perfect fit in the me-first NFL; brilliant athletically but still a head case at times. Hey, it worked for Deion (Sanders).”

    Cornerback Tye Hill and safety Jason Allen have drifted to later in the first round -– or worse -– in most of the mock drafts we’ve seen. Concerns about Allen’s hip injury lowered his stock, but teams are warming up to him again.

    “Fortunately he has pushed his way back into the first round,” Kiper said during his ESPN.com chat.

    An earlier NFLDraftScout.com draft had North Carolina State linebacker Manny Lawson going to the Rams as his stock continued to rise.

    “Lawson is expected to be drafted by a team looking to transition him to outside linebacker, probably in a 3-4 alignment,” observed NFLDraftScout.com “The question about the 6-foot-6, 241-pounder was not speed, as Lawson blazed a 4.43-second 40-yard dash at the Combine, but agility and explosiveness. Lawson, however, ran a 6.90 in the three cone drill, the test designed to show change of direction. His time was faster than all linebackers not named A.J. Hawk who are expected to be drafted on the first day.”

    So there you go. The Rams’ draft options are varied and intriguing. The Cutler buzz is starting to build. So is the Greenway buzz.

    This should be a lot of fun.
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    Re: What will the Rams do?

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan
    When is the draft? It seems to take longer than Christmas...
    It is April 29th to April 30th.
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    Re: What will the Rams do?

    .....and the Rams take with their 11th pick, a placekicker from BYU to eventually step in for their aging Wilkens!
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    Re: What will the Rams do?

    When is the draft? It seems to take longer than Christmas...
    I hear you TX after reading this stuff for what seems to be a lift time, I'm more then ready, to hear with the 11th pick in the 2006 draft the Rams pick!

    Heck I would settle for the Rams are on the clock at this point.

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