Last notes from the Combine

The NFL Combine ended today, wrapping up on a slow note with no cornerbacks crawling through the 40 yard dash. No CB prospect impressed they way Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie did last year with his 4.33 time. The fastest CB was Nicholls State's Lardarius Webb, a late round CB/S tweener, who ran the 40 in 4.46 seconds.

In fact, there may have been some shifting in the CB rankings as Malcolm Jenkins failed to get under 4.5. Illinois Vonatae Davis, who ran the second fastest 40 at 4.49, probably came away as the top CB in the draft.

The Rams desperately need a CB, but neither one of those guys is likely on the Rams radar, since they didn't figure to be #2 picks in the first place (though a mock draft or two had Jenkins going to the Rams).

A player we have talked about here before is USC LB Rey Maualuga injured his hamstring while running the 40 (jeez, injuries to top prospects was kind of the theme this year, huh?). With durability now a question mark, the questions about whether or not Maualuga is nothing more than a situational MLB will gain some traction. Tony Pauline at SI.com sees Maualuga's stock falling, making him a late first round pick.

LB Scott McKillop - mentioned here in Tackle Box's look at MLB - improved his draft stock as a top performer in 5 drills and a better 40 time than some of the big names like Maualuga and Laurinaitis.

The Rams could easily find a #2 running back in the later rounds. This draft is loaded with value at that position. Purdue RB Kory Sheets, expected to be a 4th or 5th round pick, posted a 4.47 in the 40, the third best time of any RB.

As far as how the Combine went for the Rams...well, it certainly cleared the picture at OT and put LB Aaron Curry on their radar for the #2 pick. Really though, I think the contract talks with Ron Bartell and the staff meetings to go over roster decisions were probably the most important moments of the week for the Rams.

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