Rams have many possibilities on Day 2
Rams have many possibilities on Day 2
BY JIM THOMAS | Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 12:00 pm
Wide receiver? Running back? Linebacker? Cornerback? Defensive tackle? Offensive guard?
Pick your position -- there are plenty of options for the St. Louis Rams in Rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL draft. And keep in mind, 14 of the 20 players the Rams brought in for pre-draft visits April 12-14 are still on the board.
For the fourth year in a row under general manager Billy Devaney, the Rams' first-round pick -- North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn -- was a player who was brought in for a pre-draft visit.
A position-by-position look at some Day 2 possibilities for the Rams:
WIDE RECEIVER: After missing out on Julio Jones on Thursday, options remain at wide receiver. Among them the Rams have shown considerable interest in Maryland's Torrey Smith, including apparently taking him through a private workout. Smith (6-1, 204) had 67 catches for 1,055 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the Terrapins. Smith, who was timed in 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine, had three kickoff returns for TDs during his college career.
Another second-round possibility is Randall Cobb of Kentucky, who set an SEC record last season for all-purpose yards (2,396). Besides his 1,017 yards receiving on 84 catches in 2010, Cobb also returned punts and kickoffs, and played quarterback in Kentucky's "WildCobb" formation, rushing for 424 yards and throwing three TD passes.
Titus Young of Boise State could be another second-round possibility. Possibilities in the third round could be Tandon Doss of Indiana and Vincent Brown of San Diego State. The Rams attended both Doss' and Brown's pro day.
RUNNING BACK: Five of the six running backs to visit Rams Park earlier this month are still there for the taking. Among them, Mikel Leshoure of Illinois is a sure second-rounder and Daniel Thomas of Kansas State -- the two-time Big 12 rushing champion -- could be a second-rounder. Although he didn't make a pre-draft visit, the Rams have heavily scouted Oklahoma State's Kendall Hunter, who could be a second- or third-rounder. Alex Green, who posted some eye-opening numbers in Hawaii's spread offense, did visit Rams Park and could be a third-rounder.
With Alabama's Mark Ingram the only running back taken in the first round, there are tons of Day 2 possibilities beyond the players named above, including Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams and perhaps Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE: One of the so-called "best-players available" entering Day 2 is North Carolina's Marvin Austin. The Rams like Austin -- could they go two-for-two on Tar Heels? He'll probably be gone before the Rams pick at No. 47 overall in the second round today. A third-round possibility is Clemson's Jarvis Jenkins, 6-4, 310, and with a quick first step. Devaney met with Jenkins in March.
OUTSIDE LINEBACKER: Taking Washington's Mason Foster in the second round may be too high, but he may not make it to the Rams in Round 3. Foster's another pre-draft visitor to Rams Park. And yet another Tar Heel could be on the Rams' horizon in Round 2 in Bruce Carter, whom many scouts feel has first round talent but is recovering from late-season knee injury.
The Rams don't seem interested in Martez Wilson of Illinois, who has some versatility but projects mainly as a middle linebacker. Ross Homan of Ohio State could be a third-round option. Undersized Lawrence Wilson (6-1, 229) of Connecticut is another prospect who has drawn more than passing interest from the Rams, but probably is a Day 3 guy.
CORNERBACK: Brandon Harris (Miami, Fla.) and corner-safety Marcus Gilchrist (Clemson) both made pre-draft visits to St. Louis. It's not known if the Rams see Gilchrist (5-10, 195) as a free safety or a corner, but the team has spent a fair amount of time on him. He also returned kickoff and punts in college.
Although he didn't visit Rams Park, the Rams have spent some time as well on Virginia's Ras-I Dowling, who had an injury-plagued (ankle, knee, hamstring) 2010, appearing in only five games.
Other than the possibility of Gilchrist playing safety, the Rams may wait till Day 3, specifically the fourth and fifth rounds, to look for safety help.
OFFENSIVE GUARD: Lehigh offensive guard Will Rackley could be a third-round option.