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    Rams doing diligence on WR Watkins ..

    By Nick Wagoner
    April 18th 2014

    EARTH CITY, Mo. -- At this time of year, it's often difficult to discern what's real and what's not when it comes to a team's interest in a draft prospect. But if the St. Louis Rams aren't interested in Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, they're certainly going well out of their way to throw the rest of the league off the scent.

    Capping off a week in which they already hosted Watkins on a visit to Rams Park, a large Rams contingent traveled to Clemson, S.C., on Friday to put Watkins through the paces of a private workout.

    That the Rams are showing such strong interest guarantees nothing in terms of drafting him, of course, but it's worth noting what similar interest has meant in recent drafts, especially when it comes to wide receivers.

    In 2012, the Rams spent plenty of time searching for help at wideout, inviting a number of them to St. Louis for pre-draft visits and then going on a tour of private workouts to get a closer look. That trip took them to see Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, Notre Dame's Michael Floyd, Baylor's Kendall Wright, Illinois' A.J. Jenkins and, finally, to tiny Appalachian State for a look at Brian Quick.

    The first four players on that list went off the board in the first round, but the Rams were OK with that. They were sufficiently impressed by Quick's workout, his performance in the Senior Bowl week of practices and his pre-draft visit to take a chance on the raw prospect with the first pick of the second round.

    Last year, the Rams paid a visit to West Virginia, where Tavon Austin put on a show that was impressive enough to seal the deal for the Rams to move up to No. 8 overall and draft him. That visit also helped the status of fellow Mountaineer receiver Stedman Bailey, whom the Rams drafted in the third round.

    So there is at least some correlation between the private workouts for receivers and the Rams having genuine interest in adding the player. Of course, there are plenty of players the Rams have worked out that they didn't draft, too.

    In many ways, Watkins makes sense for the Rams, a case I made at February's combine. But they also have plenty of other good options with their No. 2 overall pick, including the possibility of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson, Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews or even a more surprising choice such as Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack.

    The Rams can't really go wrong by landing any of those players.

    Either way, if the Rams are serious about drafting Watkins, they might have to do it at No. 2 or, if they trade down, not move too far to land his services. At this point, it would be a surprise if Watkins didn't go in the top five.


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    Re: Rams doing diligence on WR Watkins ..

    What if the Rams don't move out of the #2 spot and take Robinson. And a QB goes in the top 5 and Watkins is there at 6. There has been a lot of speculation of the Rams trading down from #2 with Atlanta. What about a trade up from 13 to get Watkins?

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    Re: Rams doing diligence on WR Watkins ..

    Quote Originally Posted by fearsome foursome View Post
    What if the Rams don't move out of the #2 spot and take Robinson. And a QB goes in the top 5 and Watkins is there at 6. There has been a lot of speculation of the Rams trading down from #2 with Atlanta. What about a trade up from 13 to get Watkins?
    That might cost a lot. That's why I'm completely fine with moving down to 6 at the least. This way there is a low chance of not getting Watkins, Mack, Robinson or Matthews.


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    Re: Rams doing diligence on WR Watkins ..

    Moving to 6 from 13 is too big a jump in this draft where we would lose too many multiple picks. If there was a move up it would be for Evans I would think. Although I don't see us moving up at all.

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    Re: Rams doing diligence on WR Watkins ..

    I agree that it is HIGHLY unlikely because of the cost. However, I don't remember too many people expecting us to move up for Tavon last year.

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    Re: Rams doing diligence on WR Watkins ..

    Quote Originally Posted by fearsome foursome View Post
    I agree that it is HIGHLY unlikely because of the cost. However, I don't remember too many people expecting us to move up for Tavon last year.
    I was one of them. That said, if this draft is as deep as it has been cracked up to be by various pundits, the teams are likely to be parsimonious when it comes to giving up day two picks. Conversely, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Are the Rams besotted with Watkins? They surely were with Tavon ..

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