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    Rams will eye these underclassmen in NFL draft

    By Bill Coats — ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Thursday, Jan. 15 2009
    With an extra year to develop on the pro level, underclassmen are coveted prospects in the NFL draft. Last year, 39 of the 53 players who left college early were drafted, including a record 30 in the first three rounds.

    Non-seniors have been the first overall picks in 11 of the 19 drafts since the
    league decided to make underclassmen who are at least three years removed from
    high school eligible for the draft. When Michigan senior tackle Jake Long was
    taken first last year by the Miami Dolphins, it broke a three-year string in
    which an underclassmen had occupied the top spot.

    Today is the deadline for underclassmen to make themselves eligible for this
    year's draft (April 25-26). The following is not a comprehensive list of
    underclassmen who have declared. Rather, it is a look at those who may show up
    on the Rams' draft board, listed by eight areas of need — depending, of course,
    on what the team does during free agency:

    QUARTERBACKPlayerSchoolHt.Wt.Proj. RdNate DavisBall State6-12182-3Josh
    FreemanKansas State6-62482-3Why they fit: The Rams will look for a young
    quarterback — but probably not until the second day of the draft — to develop
    and also to back up Marc Bulger.

    WIDE RECEIVERPlayerSchoolHt.Wt.Proj. RdJeremy
    MaclinMissouri6-12001Michael CrabtreeTexas Tech6-32141Hakeem NicksNorth
    Carolina6-12101Kenny BrittRutgers6-42152Why they fit: A youngster with size
    would provide a boost to the Rams' corps of wideouts, especially if Torry Holt
    isn't back. They also could use a returner, which makes Maclin
    enticing.

    OFFENSIVE TACKLEPlayerSchoolHt.Wt.Proj. RdAndre SmithAlabama6-43301
    Eben BrittonArizona6-63101-2Why they fit: The Rams need to beef up their
    offensive line and could go for a tackle with their No. 2 overall selection —
    particularly if Smith is available.

    RUNNING BACKPlayerSchoolHt.Wt.Proj. RdShonn
    GreeneIowa5-112351-2Why he fits: A true No. 2 to Steven Jackson — preferably a
    big back —ranks high on the Rams' wish list. If Greene is there in Round 2,
    he'll be tempting.

    DEFENSIVE TACKLEPlayerSchoolHt.Wt.Proj. RdRicky
    Jean-FrancoisLouisiana State6-32904Chris BakerHampton6-23085-6Why they fit: The
    Rams would like to add to their youth movement on the D-line, although they
    would prefer a bigger tackle.

    DEFENSIVE ENDPlayerSchoolHt.Wt.Proj. RdPaul
    KrugerUtah6-52651-2Brandon WilliamsTexas Tech6-52523-4Why they fit: With
    Leonard Little's status uncertain, the Rams could look for help here, although
    probably not on the first day.

    STRONG SAFETYPlayerSchoolHt.Wt.Proj. RdEmanuel
    CookSouth Carolina5-102053-4Why he fits: The Rams will be searching for a
    possible starter. The top prospects are seniors, though.CORNERBACKPlayerSchool
    Ht.Wt.Proj. RdVontae DavisIllinois6-02041-2Sean SmithUtah6-32101-2Why they fit:
    If they don't re-sign Ron Bartell, the Rams are more likely to use a first-day
    pick here. But if either of these two slips, the team would like to pick up a
    prospect.


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    Re: Rams will eye these underclassmen in NFL draft

    Looks like we are going to draft a mid-round QB to develop for a year and hopefully take over for pathetic Bulger. Or maybe if Marc sees that we drafted a QB to take his spot, it might light a fire under him and give hi some charisma, something that we have NEVER seen from him.

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    Re: Rams will eye these underclassmen in NFL draft

    Quote Originally Posted by jbell15 View Post
    Looks like we are going to draft a mid-round QB to develop for a year and hopefully take over for pathetic Bulger. Or maybe if Marc sees that we drafted a QB to take his spot, it might light a fire under him and give hi some charisma, something that we have NEVER seen from him.
    Because the ability to sell Wrangler jeans is absolutely critical to being a NFL quarterback.

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    Re: Rams will eye these underclassmen in NFL draft

    If we drafted Shonn Greene in Round 1, I would absolutely be thrilled!

    I've been saying for awhile now that Shonn would be a perfect compliment to Jackson, and be an absolute nightmare to opponents.
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    Re: Rams will eye these underclassmen in NFL draft

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsFan16 View Post
    If we drafted Shonn Greene in Round 1, I would absolutely be thrilled!

    I've been saying for awhile now that Shonn would be a perfect compliment to Jackson, and be an absolute nightmare to opponents.

    I definitely don't think we will draft Greene in round 1.

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    Re: Rams will eye these underclassmen in NFL draft

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsFan16 View Post
    If we drafted Shonn Greene in Round 1, I would absolutely be thrilled!
    I hope you meant round two.

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    Re: Rams will eye these underclassmen in NFL draft

    If the Rams go Davis/Green I'd be thrilled with the draft. Still won't watch the dad gum thing because watching grass grow is much more entertaining but I would be happy with it.


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