TSN Rams Report
Rams Team Report
April 10, 2005
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
DRAFT WHISPERS: The team now knows it will have LE Leonard Little, who faced possible jail time before being acquitted of a drunken-driving charge, so it won't be forced to take an end in the first or second round. With 12 picks overall, look for some predraft or draft-day maneuvering. The team might send a sixth- or seventh-round pick to Miami for DT Jeff Zgonina, a former Ram who would provide leadership on the line and improve the depth. The team needs to get bigger in the front seven, so a wide-bodied defensive tackle could be selected.
TARGETING: The only safety on the roster with significant experience is Adam Archuleta, so the team probably needs to add two safeties. Georgia SS Thomas Davis, a big hitter who blends size, speed and aggressiveness, likely will be gone by the 19th overall selection. Even if the Rams land Davis, they still will need a free safety. Oklahoma FS Brodney Pool has top-end speed and is a ballhawk, but he might be a reach at No. 19 and should be gone when the Rams pick in Round 2. Nebraska FS Josh Bullocks and Ohio State FS Dustin Fox are first-day possibilities. If Davis is gone, it makes sense for the team to take an offensive tackle at No. 19. RT Kyle Turley almost certainly will be released, and Grant Williams struggled last season. Washington's Khalif Barnes and Oklahoma's Jammal Brown are options. Barnes is more athletic, but Brown is nastier. The team likes former Nebraska C Richie Incognito, who could move to tackle. Incognito didn't play last season, but coach Mike Martz likes tough guys on the line. Marshall Faulk has only a year or two left, so the Rams could use one of their two third-round picks on a backup running back. Miami's Frank Gore, who has speed but a lengthy injury history, is a possibility. If not Gore, the team could take former Ohio State RB Maurice Clarett on Day 2.
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I really dont see the rams using a 3rd 4th or even 5th round pick on a running back. I do see them however drafting Jesse Lumsden, who the rams have looks at in at the sky dome in canada, in the 6th or 7th. Jesse Lumsden ran a 4.45 is 6-2 235 and rushed for 1800+ yards 21 tds with a 10.5 yards per average in only 8 games in the canadain college system. One news paper called him the greatest canadian athlete ever, might be a stretch but still worth a look.
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Frank Gore could be a good second day risk. He was productive last year after tearing both ACLs in consecutive years. If he gets his speed back, as young backs sometimes do as they get further removed from surgery, he could be a steal. Before his injuries, he was on his way to being a first round pick.