Top Cornerback May Not Be First Picked –PD

• By Jim Thomas

It will be an upset if Michigan State’s Trae Waynes isn’t the first cornerback taken in the NFL draft Thursday. But Washington’s Marcus Peters might be better.

“The best tester and a good cover guy is Waynes,” said radio analyst Rick Venturi, a former Rams assistant coach. “He ran like a 4.31 at the Combine, and because of that speed will probably be the first guy to go.”

Some stopwatches even had Waynes below 4.3 at the NFL Scouting Combine. Simply stated, it’s hard to beat a guy deep who runs that fast.

But some, including Venturi, think Peters is a better prospect — on the field.

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Draft in Depth: Defensive Backs –PD

• By Jim Thomas

CREAM OF THE CROP

Player, position, school, height, weight

TRAE WAYNES, CB, Michigan State, 6-0, 186

Good luck running by him; some had him timed in 4.2s at Combine.

MARCUS PETERS, CB, Washington, 6-0, 197

Tons of talent, but is he coachable? Was dismissed from team in ’14.

KEVIN JOHNSON, CB, Wake Forest, 6-0, 188

Lacks strength and bulk, but is very fluid and polished in coverage.

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St. Louis Rams: 5 Best Offseason Moves –Baxter

by Russell S. Baxter

Still, general manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher keep on trying to get this team back on track. How have they done so far this offseason? Let’s take a look.

1. Trading for quarterback Nick Foles

When it’s all said and done, the Rams traded away a quarterback who missed all of 2014 for a signal-caller who missed half of this past season.

Perhaps the biggest question regarding the acquisition of the former Pro Bowler is what to expect. Are we looking at a quarterback that in 2013 threw 27 touchdown passes compared to only two interceptions? Or will Foles have problems hanging onto the football, as evidenced by 13 touchdown passes and 13 turnovers in eight games in 2014?

Jeff Fisher must be hoping that his play falls somewhere in between, although it is interesting to note that Rams quarterbacks Shaun Hill and Austin Davis combined for 20 touchdown passes and just as many turnovers this past season.

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Rams’ 30 Visits Dominated by QBs, OLs –Cooney

By Frank Cooney | NFLDraftScout.com

In a follow-up to the trade that sent quarterback Sam Bradford to Philadelphia and brought potential replacement Nick Foles to St. Louis, the Rams held private meetings or workouts with five of the six top-rated quarterbacks in the NFL Draft that starts Thursday in Chicago.

Overall, the Rams met with or worked out 30 players, but the five quarterbacks is more than any other NFL team had visit, according to unofficial lists compiled by NFLDraftScout.com.

The only quarterback missing among those rated in the top six was UCLA’s Brett Hundley. Otherwise, in predicted pecking order, the Rams worked out Florida State’s Jameis Winston, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Baylor’s Bryce Petty, Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson and Oregon State’s Sean Mannion.

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Projecting the NFL Draft: NFC West –MMQB

2015 NFL Draft: Projecting the NFC West’s problems and solutions.

Rams’ Problems
By Andy Benoit

Given the paucity of quality quarterbacks in this year’s draft, Nick Foles can be considered “Jeff Fisher’s guy—for now.” Foles is in the final year of his rookie contract, and one could argue that the most intriguing piece for the Rams in packaging Sam Bradford and a fifth-round pick to Philly was the 2016 second-round pick they got in return. For now, Fisher and GM Les Snead will set their sights on other positions, most likely along the offensive line. Their first string currently features an unknown center (Tim Barnes) and right tackle (Brandon Washington….or Garrett Reynolds, who was a significant liability at this position for the Lions last season).

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Rams Mailbag: Pre-Draft Edition –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. — Finally, mercifully, it’s almost here. The NFL draft starts Thursday night and we are now less than one week away.

B Rau @BobbyRau
If Schereff is available at 8, any chance the rams move up to get him? What would it take to move up to that spot?

@nwagoner: I suppose you can never rule that out but I don’t get the impression the St. Louis Rams are in a spot where they want to give up any more of their picks, particularly for a guy who would likely play guard. They do like Brandon Scherff and I think he’d be at or near the top of the list if he slipped to 10 but I also think there’s momentum building toward an end in which he’s not available when the Rams pick.

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