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    Gordon: Draft debate shifts almost daily

    Draft debate shifts almost daily
    By Jeff Gordon
    STLTODAY.COM SPORTS COLUMNIST
    Monday, Feb. 23 2009

    On our live chats here at STLtoday.com, the NFL Draft questions began arriving
    early last season. The Rams’ 2-14 free fall prompted fans to look forward to
    2009.

    Would the Rams lock in on massive Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith with
    their first-round pick? That seemed like an excellent idea at the time, given
    the advanced age of Orlando Pace and the inconsistency of Alex Barron.

    Later, after this team locked up the second overall pick, the fan consensus
    shifted toward playmaking Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree.

    After watching Larry Fitzgerald carry the Cardinals to within inches of a Super
    Bowl championship, fans wondered if the Rams would boost their aerial attack
    with a big receiving target.

    The Crabtree Camp started winning over your cyber-correspondent with that line
    of reasoning, thanks to the unfortunate decline of high-salaried veteran Torry
    Holt.

    Mizzou fans campaigned for Jeremy Maclin, who could boost the Rams offense AND
    provide game-breaking kick return skills. Dante Hall offered only glimpses of
    his old brilliance in that role the last two seasons, between leg injuries.

    But the draft debate shifts almost daily. Although both Pace and Holt could
    depart Rams Park as salary cap casualties, the local discussion has expanded
    beyond Smith, Crabtree and Maclin.

    Issues arose with all three players in recent days. The NFL Scouting Combine
    reminded us why the draft is tricky business.

    These are just young men, after all, and they are very human. Projecting their
    future performance is an inexact science.

    Andre Smith decided not to work out for the assembled scouts at the combine.
    Then he left early and unannounced.

    “If I had the chance to do it all over, I wouldn't have handled it the way I
    did,” Smith said, according to an NFL news release. “I should have told my
    group leader that I was leaving, and I didn't. I didn't mean to ruffle any
    feathers or step on any toes. I didn't mean to grandstand anyone at the
    combine. That was not my intention at all, and I apologize for my mistake.”

    Smith can quell the rumbling with a strong showing at his March 11 pro day at
    Alabama. If he shows up at the suitable weight and excels in the drills, he can
    cement his standing as the top tackle available.

    (Neither Eugene Monroe or Michael Oher put up impressive numbers on the weight
    machines. Both have some catching up to do. Baylor’s Jason Smith, a workout
    warrior, could leapfrog the whole bunch during the weeks ahead. The position is
    deep in this draft, but muddled.)

    Crabtree developed a couple of problems at Indy. First, he measured out two
    inches shorter than he is listed -– 6-foot-1 instead of 6-3. This is a notable
    difference, given the NFL’s hunger for big receiving targets.

    Also, doctors diagnosed Crabtree with a stress fracture in his foot. He
    described it as an “old injury” that doesn’t pain him, but it will nonetheless
    require surgery. He is putting off the procedure until after he works out for
    scouts at Texas Tech next month.

    The sort of surgery Crabtree needs usually works without complications. Still,
    teams must be very careful at the top of the draft.

    Maclin didn’t run as fast as expected, failing to crack 4.4 seconds in the
    40-yard dash. Then he suffered what appeared to be a minor knee injury, which
    cut short his bid to dazzle scouts at the combine.

    Now, as Jim Thomas notes elsewhere on the site, top linebacker prospect Aaron
    Curry could become a bigger consideration for the Rams. He insists he could
    play middle linebacker in a 4-3 alignment and inside linebacker in a 3-4 look.

    Scouts generally agree, so he could be a nice fit for the Rams. Incumbent Will
    Witherspoon would be more effective playing outside, and the free-agent class
    of middle linebackers looks pretty thin.

    Curry said and did all the right things at Indy. He presented himself well,
    both on and off the practice field. He appeared ready to help right away.

    Right now, Curry stock is trading high in Ram Nation. But what will next week
    bring?

    Stay tuned . . .


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    Re: Gordon: Draft debate shifts almost daily

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Draft debate shifts almost daily
    By Jeff Gordon
    STLTODAY.COM SPORTS COLUMNIST
    Monday, Feb. 23 2009

    On our live chats here at STLtoday.com, the NFL Draft questions began arriving
    early last season. The Rams’ 2-14 free fall prompted fans to look forward to
    2009.

    Would the Rams lock in on massive Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith with
    their first-round pick? That seemed like an excellent idea at the time, given
    the advanced age of Orlando Pace and the inconsistency of Alex Barron.

    Later, after this team locked up the second overall pick, the fan consensus
    shifted toward playmaking Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree.

    After watching Larry Fitzgerald carry the Cardinals to within inches of a Super
    Bowl championship, fans wondered if the Rams would boost their aerial attack
    with a big receiving target.

    The Crabtree Camp started winning over your cyber-correspondent with that line
    of reasoning, thanks to the unfortunate decline of high-salaried veteran Torry
    Holt.

    Mizzou fans campaigned for Jeremy Maclin, who could boost the Rams offense AND
    provide game-breaking kick return skills. Dante Hall offered only glimpses of
    his old brilliance in that role the last two seasons, between leg injuries.

    But the draft debate shifts almost daily. Although both Pace and Holt could
    depart Rams Park as salary cap casualties, the local discussion has expanded
    beyond Smith, Crabtree and Maclin.

    Issues arose with all three players in recent days. The NFL Scouting Combine
    reminded us why the draft is tricky business.

    These are just young men, after all, and they are very human. Projecting their
    future performance is an inexact science.

    Andre Smith decided not to work out for the assembled scouts at the combine.
    Then he left early and unannounced.

    Smith can quell the rumbling with a strong showing at his March 11 pro day at
    Alabama. If he shows up at the suitable weight and excels in the drills, he can
    cement his standing as the top tackle available.

    (Neither Eugene Monroe or Michael Oher put up impressive numbers on the weight
    machines. Both have some catching up to do. Baylor’s Jason Smith, a workout
    warrior, could leapfrog the whole bunch during the weeks ahead. The position is
    deep in this draft, but muddled.)

    Now, as Jim Thomas notes elsewhere on the site, top linebacker prospect Aaron
    Curry could become a bigger consideration for the Rams. He insists he could
    play middle linebacker in a 4-3 alignment and inside linebacker in a 3-4 look.

    Scouts generally agree, so he could be a nice fit for the Rams. Incumbent Will
    Witherspoon would be more effective playing outside, and the free-agent class
    of middle linebackers looks pretty thin.

    Curry said and did all the right things at Indy. He presented himself well,
    both on and off the practice field. He appeared ready to help right away.

    Right now, Curry stock is trading high in Ram Nation. But what will next week
    bring?

    Stay tuned . . .
    Throw some more wood on the fire. Need to keep that smokescreen nice and thick.

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