This statement is purely based on my humble opinions, but I think there is something to Jerome Murphy being our next FS. First off is his natural safety size( he's 6'0 200 compared to OJ Atogwe who's 5'11 200). Murphy did have one interception last year in very limited time playing and was known for his hard hitting in his South Florida career, so he does seem to have some ball hawk abilities. One knock on Murphy has been his "stiffness of hips" and his trouble of playing the third cb in nickle packages, a cb that plays inside against smaller, quicker slot type recievers. What do they say about cb's that are stiff in the hips? if you can't cover you become a safety. Malcolm Jenkins, the 14th overall pick for the New Orleans Saints in 2009. He hardly played in 2009 and in 2010 made his mark this year as FS. He is also 6'0 200 and was considered to have stiff hips coming out of college.
Another thing that has me thinking that Murph Dog will be converted to safety is the fact that in an interview with Bernie Miklasz, Billy Devaney said he and the rams have 4 or 5 players with high first round ratings that he hopes will be there at 14. In addition to wr and de he mentioned Olb and CB. The Cb pick really got me thinking, he had just made up his mind to cut OJ Atogwe and yet he wants a first round cb who would be the third cb in our rotation. It's not like we play in the NFC or AFC East where you have to deal with premier WR's and QB's. I mean do you really think we need Prince Amukamura, Ron Bartell, and Bradley Fletcher to keep John Skelton and Charlie Whitehurst from throwing bombs on us? I don't. I think you would need a 3rd cb to replace the 3rd cb you drafted last year who is now a safety. I know it's a ton of speculation, but I just think Jerome Murphy would be a great fit at fs if he could be coached correctly, and I think Spags has the ability to coach him up.