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  • Av's Final 2013 Rams Draft Board and Weekend Watch List

    Av's Final 2013 Rams Draft Board and Weekend Watch List

    The time has come for my final lists.

    Here's my methodology:

    1. On prior boards, I included several players who, though perhaps of interest to the Rams, have virtually no chance of making it to No. 16. As these players are largely irrelevant to my priority lists, I've taken them off the board.

    2. I've divided my Top 20 Draft Board into three categories:

    Group 1 consists of priority prospects for Pick #16. In other words, if any of these players are on the board, the Rams should take the highest ranked prospect and not consider (absent an absurdly lopsided offer) trading back.

    Group 2 consists of priority prospects for Pick #22. In other words, if any of players from Groups 1 and 2 are on the board at #22, the Rams should take the highest ranked prospect and not consider (absent an absurdly lopsided offer) trading back.

    Group 3 consists of players...
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  • Nick's "Three Weeks to Go!" Two-Round NFL Mock and Full Rams Mock Draft

    Nick's "Three Weeks to Go!" Two-Round NFL Mock and Full Rams Mock Draft

    As always, discussion and constructive criticism is welcome!

    ROUND ONE 1. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan -This pick is looking more and more like an offensive tackle; now it's just a matter of finding out which one the Chiefs prefer. Fisher seems to be gaining momentum right now. 2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon -I'm not sure I buy the Geno Smith talk here, but he is an option. Instead of a passer, I had the Jaguars grab a versatile defender in Oregon's Dion Jordan. 3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida -Another possible landing spot for a quarterback, but the Raiders need to make up ground on their defensive line after losing Desmond Bryant and cutting Tommy Kelly. 4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M -Lots of possible options here, but Luke Joeckel is the best player on the board and would give the Eagles a long-term solution for the left tackle position. 5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU -Ansah is likely to go on the Top Ten; the choice for Detroit will be whether to take the pass rusher or the cornerback here. Positional value wins out. 6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama -What Detroit didn't want, Cleveland is happy to take. Milliner gives the Browns another quality defender in their back seven as he'll start alongside Joe Haden. 7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma -Johnson sneaks into the Top Seven with this selection, as the Cardinals need someone who can protect Carson Palmer and whatever future franchise quarterback they groom behind him. 8. Buffalo Bills: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia -The first quarterback comes off t...
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  • Nick's Middle of the Week Draft News & Discussion (3/27)

    Nick's Middle of the Week Draft News & Discussion (3/27)

    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 ...
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  • My Latest Mock

    My Latest Mock

    1. KC Luke Joeckel - They can't trade out of this one, and even if they can't deal Albert, Luke's the guy, unless they surprise with Fisher or Floyd or Luteleilei. 2. Jacksonville - Sharif Floyd DT. You rebuild inside out, and Floyd may be the best in the draft. Eric Fisher is an outside shot, but Jags BADLY need to sell tickets, and having a Florida Alum at DT is gonna sell more than an OT. 3. Oakland - Gno Smith - ALWAYS a wild card, and this would be the wildest of all(Other than Bar kley or Manuel of course) If they go sane, it's Luteleilei, who replaces Seymour to anchor their D. His amazing pro day numbers and clean bill of health put him right t...
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  • Av's Rams Draft Board and Day 2 Watch List (Post-FA Signings; Version 4.0)

    Av's Rams Draft Board and Day 2 Watch List (Post-FA Signings; Version 4.0)

    Now that the first wave of FA is over, its time for an update.

    First, here is how the FA comings and goings have impacted my boards:

    Jared Cook (TE) signed
    As a result of this move, all TEs have come off my boards. With Cook and Lance Kendricks, the Rams are set at the position.

    Jake Long (OT) signed
    I am not removing OTs entirely from the board, given that Rodger Saffold's contract runs out after this year. I am, however, placing a premum on prospects who fit the right side, or (on Day 2) could play OG or RT. That said, I think OT is a obviously less of a need position at this point.

    William Hayes (DE), Jermelle Cudjo (DT) signed
    I have viewed DL as the Rams' lowest priority for a while now, and these signings only support that view. The only DL I'm considering at this point are elite DT prospects.

    Steven Jackson (RB)...
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  • Draft/FA Blog, After the Storm

    Draft/FA Blog, After the Storm

    Now that the top free agents, at least most of the top paid ones, are off the market, and some pro days are done, the first round at least is starting to shape up. It's getting clearer which teams will be backed into a corner in round one, and may have to reach a bit. and which teams are more likely to take the best player available pretty much. As expected, a couple quarterbacks are moving up in mock drafts, and now three at least are predicted to go in round one. That could become four, depending how much Buffalo's new head coach wants to go get his college QB, Ryan Nassib. Cleveland, picking sixth, is giving Geno Smith a private workout, leading to speculation that their new regime isn't sold at all on Brandon Weeden. Will that workout freak the Cardinals, picking 7th, into trying to make a trade with a top 5 team? Without question Jacksonville, picking second, will try to deal down, as will Kansas City, picking first. Oakland, with the third pick, could force Arizona to get ahead of them to be ...
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  • Av's Rams 7 Round Mock (3/20/13)

    Av's Rams 7 Round Mock (3/20/13)

    Here's my current projection, based upon who I think could be available, who I believe the Rams might be targeting, and who I hope they select:

    Round 1 (#16): Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
    I'm about 50/50 on whether Warmack will make it this far, but he is, in my opinion, too good a prospect to pass up. He'd be an immediate starter and, along with the addition of Jake Long, would give the Rams the most talented OL its had in years.

    Round 1 (#22): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
    There are two things that Les Snead has said that make me think Austin could be the pick here. First, he has repeatedly stressed...
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  • RamView, 12/23/2012: Rams 28, Bucs 13 (Long)

    RamView, 12/23/2012: Rams 28, Bucs 13 (Long)

    RamView, December 23, 2012 From the Couch (Report and opinions on the game.) Game #15: Rams 28, Buccaneers 13 In possibly their best effort of the season, the Rams turn Josh Freeman into Santa Claus and dominate the Bucs in Tampa. And they leave behind not a Christmas card, but a calling card to the rest of the league: these Rams are, and will be, a team to be reckoned with. Position by position: * QB: Sam Bradford (13-27-196, 81.7 PR) didn't pick the Bucs apart as hoped, but did enough to guide the offense to a win. The Rams started out in a hole after a Danny Amendola fumble and a crazy scrum, but Sam led them out of it with a 3rd-down conversion to Chris Givens, then by standing tall with a blitz coming and hitting B...
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  • It Begin's

    It Begin's

    The sun was low and the shadows were long, casting themselves over the heather covered hills and mountainís in this northern part of the world. There was little shelter in this land, most of the natural trees having been torn from the earth a long time ago, in a savage rape of the land and those that remained were bent as if in sorrow for their kind who no longer stood. Sharp granite was showing through the heather, here and there, like bone from some prehistoric monster. Lichen grew upon granite, trying in vain to cover this bare, naked rock that the elements had failed to tame and there was strange stains on the granite, almost like a trail pointing its way, north west, across the dark klein blue waters of Loch na Seig towards a strange light, coming from the top of Ben Hope. Moving to the top of this proud ben, the razor sharp Craig allowed no place to stand with safety in mind, your eye is drawn down, following the strange stains to the black waters of Dudh-loch na Beinne and there the stains ended. ...
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  • RamView, 12/16/2012: Vikings 36, Rams 22 (Long)

    RamView, 12/16/2012: Vikings 36, Rams 22 (Long)

    RamView, December 16, 2012 From Row HH (Report and opinions from the game.) Game #14: Vikings 36, Rams 22 The Rams playoff train has gone off the tracks for this season, derailed by yet another poor start and by big, sleek, fast, unstoppable, purple Engine Number 28. Yo, Adrian. Nice game. Position by position: * QB: Sam Bradford finished the game with gaudy numbers (35-55-377, 94.3 PR), but did most of that from far behind and against soft coverage, and it looks all too familiar that he had to run an OU-like no-huddle attack to get the Ram offense moving. Time to graduate to the pros, Sam. But once again, the Rams came out of the locker room spinning their wheels, dug a big hole, and this week, it was too big to cl...
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  • Nick's Post-Senior Bowl 2016 NFL First Round Mock Draft (v2.0)
    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, 1/3/2016: ***** 19, Rams 16 (OT) (Long)
    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. Heís 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
  • Rams lose 19-16 in OT to whiners; The Good, Bad and Ugly
    general counsel
    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
  • Rams beat seachickens 23-17; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    general counsel
    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
  • Rams beat seachickens 23-17; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    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, 12/17/2015: Rams 31, Bucs 23 (Long)
    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