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    Real Football: Despite defensive needs, QB still could be an option

    Despite defensive needs, QB still could be an option
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    By Torrey Johnson ; 04/06/06

    With the NFL draft nearly three weeks away, the St. Louis Rams should have solid grasp on what positions they will target with the 11th overall pick. Here’s my take on what they should do come April 29th.

    SAFETY

    The Rams' most pressing needs are on defense. With the loss of safety Adam Archuleta, who signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins, the safety position could use an infusion of young talent. Corey Chavous was recently signed from Minnesota but O.J. Atogwe is inexperienced and therefore, he could be a liability.

    At the 11th spot in the draft, some intriguing prospects should grab new head coach Scott Linehan's attention. Michael Huff from Texas would be a huge upgrade and provide much-needed speed in the secondary considering he ran a 4.34 second 40 yard dash at the NFL combine.

    The other player who will likely be available is safety Jason Allen. The former Tennessee star was at one time thought be a top-10 pick but a dislocated hip derailed many believers. However, at the NFL Combine, Allen impressed many with his 4.39 second 40 yard dash. Allen might be viewed as a reach for the Rams at the 11th spot, but could still be available in the second or even third round.

    OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

    Last year in free agency, the St. Louis Rams signed two well-known linebackers in Dexter Coakley and Chris Claiborne. Both proved to be disappointments. Claiborne has already been released and Coakley, who suffered a broken leg last year, will most likely be a backup this season. The Rams did sign Will Witherspoon from the Panthers who will play middle linebacker. Regardless, St. Louis will still need a young talent to compete for the outside linebacker job.

    Manny Lawson from N.C. State and Kamerion Wimbley from Florida State may both be available when the Rams pick at number 11.

    Although Manny Lawson might be reach, he would be a great fit in defensive coordinator Jim Haslett's 3-4 defense. Lawson has an amazing combination of size (6-6, 241) and speed (4.43) and after a great senior year (10.5 sacks) his stock is moving up.

    Kamerion Wimbley also could be on the Rams radar. Again, with Jim Haslett working in the 3-4 defense, a fast athletic linebacker such as Wimbley would compliment DE Leonard Little well as someone who can effectively rush the passer. Wimbley played defensive end at Florida State, but considering his size (6-3, 248) he may be better suited at outside linebacker in the pros.

    QUARTERBACK

    This is where it could get interesting. With Marc Bulger coming off a significant, but not very serious injury, there still may be some concern with the quarterback position, especially with a new head coach. With the 11th overall pick, the Rams stand at a great position in the draft, should one of the top QB's fall.

    Vince Young is a big mystery in this draft. He could land anywhere from the 1st pick to the 13th pick. He arguably put up one of the greatest performances in the National Championship game. He also has amazing athleticism for a quarterback. However, some scouts may be scared off by his low Wonderlic score. Still, if he were to fall to the Rams, Scott Linehan might not be able to pass on such a rare talent.

    Jay Cutler is the other QB who may also fall to the Rams. Cutler is probably a better all around QB than Young is. Therefore, the Rams might be interested in him because it wouldn't be as much of a gamble. The former SEC star has good size (6-3, 226) and would walk into a great situation in St. Louis where he could learn under Marc Bulger and be surrounded by weapons at all the skill positions.

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    Re: Real Football: Despite defensive needs, QB still could be an option

    [QUOTE=Nick]Despite defensive needs, QB still could be an option
    St. Louis Rams
    By Torrey Johnson ; 04/06/06

    With the NFL draft nearly three weeks away, the St. Louis Rams should have solid grasp on what positions they will target with the 11th overall pick. Here’s my take on what they should do come April 29th.

    SAFETY

    O.J. Atogwe is inexperienced and therefore, he could be a liability.

    he`s more experienced that anyone we could pick up in the drafts surely??


    The other player who will likely be available is safety Jason Allen. The former Tennessee star was at one time thought be a top-10 pick but a dislocated hip derailed many believers.

    i dislocated my hip when younger,it still gives me problems with doing certain things 20 plus years on!
    ok allen has undoubtedly had better medical treatment than i ever did and some dislocations are worse than others but it still worries me to spend a first round pick on him,if hes still there in the second i could live with picking him there!

    OUTSIDE LINEBACKER


    Manny Lawson from N.C. State and Kamerion Wimbley from Florida State may both be available when the Rams pick at number 11.

    Although Manny Lawson might be reach, he would be a great fit in defensive coordinator Jim Haslett's 3-4 defense. Lawson has an amazing combination of size (6-6, 241) and speed (4.43) and after a great senior year (10.5 sacks) his stock is moving up.

    Kamerion Wimbley also could be on the Rams radar. Again, with Jim Haslett working in the 3-4 defense, a fast athletic linebacker such as Wimbley would compliment DE Leonard Little well as someone who can effectively rush the passer. Wimbley played defensive end at Florida State, but considering his size (6-3, 248) he may be better suited at outside linebacker in the pros.



    i could live with picking either of them two but only by trading down!

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    Re: Real Football: Despite defensive needs, QB still could be an option

    Haven't thought about this but if VY is there at 11.....the Rams should take him.

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    Re: Real Football: Despite defensive needs, QB still could be an option

    The Rams will take a QB in the first round. And in other news, I will turn a decent looking girl under 175 lbs down. Yeah right!

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    Re: Real Football: Despite defensive needs, QB still could be an option

    If Vince Young is there I'd take him but if Cutler is I wouldn't.
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    Re: Real Football: Despite defensive needs, QB still could be an option

    I could envision this happening. I don't really want it to, but it's certainly a possibility. The opportunity to grab a potential blue chip QB doesn't present itself very often and Linehan may go for it. This would be a wasted pick as far as immediate impact goes. Maybe 3 or 4 years down the road I'd be happy with it, but initially I wouldn't like it at all.
    The other thought is, that by showing interest in a QB (they did invite Cutler in), the Rams may be setting up a potential trade down with a team that really wants a QB.

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