Rams GM Les Snead Talks NFL Draft –FSMW

By Stan McNeal

ST. LOUIS — This usually would be the busiest week of the year for Les Snead. But because the 2014 NFL Draft won’t begin until May 8 — 17 days and counting — Monday was a meeting-free day for the Rams’ GM.

He even had a few minutes to meet in his office at Rams Park with FOXSportsMidwest.com to talk about what the Rams might do with their 12 picks, which include the second and 13th picks overall. In addition to the pair of first-rounders, the Rams also have multiple selections in rounds six (two) and seven (four).

Though those final six picks all fall between 188th and 250th overall, the Rams are giving the bottom half of their draft board unprecedented attention. If the draft still took place in the last week of April, there would not be as much time to study the final rounds.

“We’ve gone through the normal motions on the best part of the board,” Snead said. “But we do have seven picks in rounds five through seven. Let’s take this time to win that area of the draft. It might be hard for 12 (picks) to make your team since we’ve got a young team, but instead of waiting, you might be able to use some of those picks as ammo and move up to get guys you really want.”

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Posted by RamBill - April 23, 2014 at 11:22 am

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Morning Ram-blings: Kiper’s Top 100 –Wagoner

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. — ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. released his list of the top 100 prospects Insider on Tuesday.

It should be no surprise Kiper’s top seven are the same he discussed a few weeks ago in his conference call with NFL Nation reporters. So as not to give away the farm of Kiper’s list, I think this would be a good time to discuss the idea of value of players versus the need for the St. Louis Rams.

The four players most often connected to the Rams with the No. 2 overall pick are Auburn’s Greg Robinson, South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney, Clemson’s Sammy Watkins and Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews.

It’s no surprise for anyone following Kiper’s work to see that Clowney is at the top of his board. It’s more interesting to note the ranking of the other three. Watkins is No. 2, Robinson is No. 4 and, most surprising, Matthews is No. 7. Kiper provides explanations on each player’s ranking in the piece.

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Posted by RamBill - April 23, 2014 at 11:16 am

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Free Agency Thoughts: St. Louis Rams –OvertheCap.com

by Jason Fitzgerald

St. Louis Rams

Key Additions: Shaun Hill ($1.8M per year), Alex Carrington ($1.5M), Kenny Britt ($1.4M)
Key Re-Signings: Rodger Saffold ($6.3M per year), Jo-Lonn Dunbar ($1M)
Key Losses: Chris Williams (Bills),Shelley Smith (Dolphins),Kellen Clemens (Chargers)
Major Cuts: Cortland Finnegan ($4M cap savings), Harvey Dahl ($4M)

Free Agency Thoughts:

A relatively quiet offseason for the Rams who likely would have been even less active has the Raiders not backed out of the Rodger Saffold contract due to him failing their team physical. Wisely the Rams quickly pounced on Saffold keeping what could be an important part of the team. With the injury history of Jake Long, Saffold is very important to the Rams success since he can swing over from guard to play tackle.

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Posted by RamBill - April 23, 2014 at 11:14 am

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Venturi: Rams Hold the Key to the NFL Draft –Radio Interview

Coach Rick Venturi joined Kevin Wheeler to talk about what the Rams options are at #2 and #13, what pushing back the draft has done for the teams, Johnny Manziel and why not to believe anything you hear this time of year, why the Rams may have messed up by not showing interest early on in process, and why the Rams hold the key to their future and the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Posted by RamBill - April 23, 2014 at 10:32 am

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Nick Wagoner’s Rams Buzz: Secondary Help –Video

 

 

ESPN.com Rams reporter Nick Wagoner talks about the team’s need for secondary help. (:45)

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Rams Rumors, News and Notes from Twitter: April 22

Talking with personnel guys, they all have the same names in their top 5: Clowney, Mack, Watkins, Robinson & Matthews. Order 1-5 varies

 

***Gil Brandt ‏@Gil_Brandt
Les Snead does a great job of evaluating. he’s been present at all of Manziel’s workouts. Rams happy with starter.

 

***Albert Breer ‏@AlbertBreer
Biggest thing Clowney has to work on — Hands/Pad level. Stuff he could get away with before b/c of his athleticism.

What kind freak is Clowney? Vet exec: “The kid could’ve started in the NFL his freshman year (at South Carolina).”

 

***Tony Softli ‏@SoftliSTL
Tony Softli regards Central Florida’s Blake Bortles as the best quarterback in this draft

***ProFootballTalk ‏@ProFootballTalk
Rams, Ravens line up visits with A.J. McCarron

 

***Jim Thomas @jthom1

Rams wrapping up pre-draft visits: Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman scheduled to visit Rams Park this week.

 

***St. Louis Rams @STLouisRams

Join Rams wideout  Austin Pettis and @BarnesJewish for the 2014 Heart Walk on Saturday, May 10th

Robert Quinn spent eight life-changing days in Africa this offseason.

 

***Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Asked an AFC personnel chief to finish this sentence: “Jadeveon Clowney is the best prospect since…” The answer: Andrew Luck.

 

***Phil Savage @SeniorBowlPhil

BobMcGinn also revealed that some NFL people are enamored with Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles, but all over map in evals of other QB’s.

 

***Kevin Demoff ‏@kdemoff

“@SaintLouisSport: come on Kevin, who do YOU predict Rams will open with in 2014?” >> my guess is home vs. Minnesota but have no clue!

 

***Russell S. Baxter ‏@BaxFootballGuru

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NFL 2013: Fewest sacks allowed: #Broncos (20), #Lions (23), #Bengals (29), #Bears & #Chargers (30), #Colts (32), #Cowboys (35), Rams (36)

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