Since the school I'm teaching at is on spring break this week, I have the time to compile some recent draft-related news to share here. I've put my own thoughts about each item, but would love to see you guys add your own thoughts as well. Or, if there's a news item I've missed that hasn't been posted here at the Clan, feel free to toss it into this thread for us to talk about!
-Chargers have informed LT Jared Gaither that he will be released. Not entirely a shocker, but it just reemphasizes their need at the position. I would not be surprised to see them try to move up to secure one of the top three left tackles, because there are possible scenarios where all three could be off the board in the first 5-8 picks. Kansas City, Philadelphia, Detroit, Arizona, and Buffalo could all be in the market. If Lane Johnson is on the board when Cleveland picks, they could be getting a phone call.
-The Cowboys have signed safety Will Allen. Does this mean they're out of the Vaccaro sweepstakes? Probably not, as Vaccaro has a pre-draft visit with Dallas coming up in April. He's also scheduled to meet with the Titans and Dolphins, and NFL.com's Albert Breer believes the heavy Pittsburgh presence at Texas' pro day could have been to check Vaccaro out. National Football Post's Russ Lande believes Vaccaro is better than Mark Barron, drafted 7th overall last year.
-NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Chiefs scouts are "fascinated by" West Virginia QB Geno Smith. Sounds like a lot of smoke, considering what they traded to get Alex Smith. There does not appear to be anything new on the Braden Albert front, except that he's being shopped. Chiefs evaluators were at Central Michigan on Tuesday working out Eric Fisher, visited the Gator campus on Monday to see Sharrif Floyd, and spent last Friday doing the same with Luke Joeckel. I still think tackle makes the most sense for Kansas City, just depends on which they like. It's worth noting that Greg Cosell believes Floyd could be the Chiefs' pick "withou question" and compared him to J.J. Watt. I'm not sure Floyd is an ideal fit in that
-The Draft Insider's Tony Pauline confirmed that South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will do a 15-20 minute workout to show his strength and agility on his knee. How he does in this workout will be something that's interesting to watch in regards to where he is drafted. I think Lattimore's best fit is with a team that's able to be patient with him as he recovers from what I'd qualify as one of if not the worst knee injuries I've ever seen in football. A team who already has an established running back but may need someone to replace him in the next year or two would be an ideal fit. A team like Denver could be a nice fit, in my opinion; Willis McGahee has two years left on his deal and Knowshon hasn't shown that he can be "the man."
-Manti Te'o... where do you begin? It was nice to see him improve on his forty time at his pro day, but that's only a small part of a very large picture. Yahoo Spots' Jason Cole spoke to a number of NFL teams at Notre Dame's pro day, and came away thinking Te'o will not be a first round pick. It's possbile those teams are blowing smoke, or it could be that he just isn't a first round kind of player. On Twitter, Evan Silva quoted ESPN's Eric Mangini as saying Te'o will need to be covered up to play at the highest level and utilize his strengths, and Silva later clarified that Mangini was saying Te'o would need to play behind big defensive tackles to keep guards from reaching him at the second level. Te'o is beginning to sound like a guy who could be a very solid pro but isn't going to be the kind of individual difference maker you look for in round one. As Barry Waller recently pointed out here at the Clan, there have been a number of good linebackers who have come out of the second round, so that status doesn't doom Te'o in the slightest.
-Breaking news: the Ravens have signed former Raiders safety Michael Huff to a three-year contract, presumably to replace the departing Ed Reed, who now finds himself in Houston. I was really big on Huff when he came out as a prospect, and while he certainly hasn't lived up to the billing of his draft status, I wouldn't say he's completely busted out either. It'll be interesting to see how he does as part of a much better organization. The good news for the Rams is the Ravens may have been in the market for a safety at the bottom of round one, but now that appears unlikely, meaning it's slightly more likely that a good one could be there when the Rams pick in the second round, if that's the direction they want to go.
No announcement yet.
Nick's Middle of the Week Draft News & Discussion (3/27)
Now that the Senior Bowl is firmly in the rear view mirrior, here's an updated look at how things could shake out in the first round of the NFL Draft this year. As always, feedback and constructive criticism is welcome! ROUND ONE 1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi -Tennessee is second in the league in sacks allowed, and no quarterback when pressured has been sacked at as large of a percentage as Marcus Mariota has been. Tunsil gives the Titans a legitimate left tackle to pair with Taylor Lewan on the offensive line. 2. Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff, QB, California -The hype train for Carson Wentz is in full steam, but I'm not ready to put him in the Top 5 as some other people are. I still view Goff as the top QB in the class, meaning he makes a lot of sense for a Cleveland team that is tired of Johnny Manziel's screw ups. 3. San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State -Brandon Flowers was graded out as one of the worst corners in the league by Pro Football Focus, and Eric Weddle won't be coming back. The Chargers could use help in both areas, and Ramsey is capable of excelling at either at the next level. 4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State -Will the Cowboys flirt with taking a QB here? Maybe, but I also think Jerr...-01-31-2016, 04:12 PM
RamView, January 3, 2016 Game #16: ***** 19, Rams 16 (OT) The ever-inconsistent Rams regress back to the mean and end another losing season with another disappointing loss to a team they had no business losing to. The hallmark of Jeff Fisher Rams football isn't the running game or aggressive defense, it's miserable losses like this one. Good riddance to 2015. Position by position: * QB: Case Keenum (23-37-231, PR 77.6) does a lot right for the Rams at QB. He runs the offense with good tempo and gets the ball out quickly on quick-timing plays. He’s smart and tough in the pocket, uses his mobility well and rarely gets sacked. The best example of that was a play he made in the 3rd. He rolled right, deked a free-running Aaron Lynch into pul...-01-05-2016, 10:50 PM
The Todd Gurley-less Rams finished their season 7-9 with a disappointing OT loss to the whiners by the score of 19-16 on the strength of terrible third down play on both sides of the ball, untimely penalties, terrible field goal kicking and some highly suspect play calling with the team poised to win the game in overtime. The Rams shortcomings against a 5-11 couldnt have been more obvious today. At the end of the day, Case Keenum is not an NFL starting qb, albeit a reasonable backup. Way too many missed opportunities, and without todd gurley, and with all of our injuries on defense, we arent close to good enough to simply have a qb who is going to avoid mistakes at all costs, afraid to make throws. Toss in some untimely drops by our receivers and at least one terrible call by the refs that obviously cost us 3 points at the minimum, and you find a way to lose a game that we all know we should have won. No points...-01-04-2016, 02:51 AM
In what should be considered their most impressive win in the Fisher era, the Rams won their third game in a row by beating and beating up the seachickens in a tremendous 23-17 win. The Rams capitalized on 3 seachicken turnovers (one of which resulted in a defensive touchdown), didn't turn the ball over themselves, kept the penalties to a minimum, and scrounged out just enough offense to earn their first season sweep of the chickens since 2004. The Rams played their best half of the year jumping out to a 16-3 lead at the break and hung in there to avoid a collapse at the scene of so many painful prior year debacles. Frankly, i am riddled with mixed and incredibly extreme and passionate emotions at this point. On the one hand, i am so thrilled with a tremendous win over a playoff caliber team on the road in which the Rams proved once and for all that they have the talent and capability to win big games, notwithstanding...-12-28-2015, 02:40 AM
Good write up.
I think it was ugly that we accepted the penalty with the Seagulla on 4 and 10. Giving them a new (long) third down. I am pretty sure they would not have gone for it on 4 and 10.
Else great game.-12-28-2015, 02:39 AM
RamView, December 17, 2015 Game #14: Rams 31, Bucs 23 If this was the Rams' last week in St. Louis, at least they made it a heck of a week. They won for the second time in five days Thursday night and made the Bucs look like the team that could not cut the mustard. Position by position: * QB: Case Keenum (14-17-234, 2 TD, PR 158.0) managed the heck out of this game. He led the Rams to an opening drive TD throwing little but screens and swing passes. But Case did not live on small ball alone, also throwing a perfect 60-yard TD bomb to Kenny Britt later in the 1st. The Ram passing game was in good rhythm much of the game, and Keenum distributed the ball well. On the Rams' TD drive in the 2nd, he hit Tavon Austin for 13, Lance K...-12-20-2015, 04:01 AM