[Note by VanRam, 04/17/11 8:54 PM EDT ] On TSR yesterday, we agreed that we need to spend a little more time talking about the St. Louis Rams linebacker situation. Damn good suggestion. I'm chillin' tonight, taking a break from cranking it out for half a day. Which means I'm laying really, really low...no email, no twitter, nothing but entertainment distilled from rye and corn, etc....a screw top is as high-tech as I'm getting today...that and a piece of crap lawnmower. In the meantime, there were some solid fanposts this week..I'll get a few of the highlights on this tonight.
I was looking over the draft prospect projections at CBS Sports and saw a name for a strongside LB I hadn't been thinking of: Mike Mohamed, Cal. I am a big Pac-10 fan and have seen him play quite a bit. He was primarily a MLB in college, so I wasn't thinking of him, but the guys at CBS had this to say about him:
"Mohamed played his best football in Cal's biggest game of the year against Oregon with 16 tackles and a sack. He finished 2010 with 95 tackles, five sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
Scheme and position fit will be important for his NFL prospects. Mohamed projects well in a scheme that requires him to run a lot, rather than engaging offensive linemen. While it's conceivable Mohamed could fit anywhere from inside/middle linebacker to strong safety in the NFL, he projects best as a one-gap type in a 4-3 that expects the outside linebackers to run and cover.
Extremely smart, productive, durable and experienced. Sure tackler with a nose for the ball. Athletic with good "game speed" on the field. Can turn and run with receivers, and projects well covering tight ends in the NFL. Uses his tall frame well and makes plays on the ball in coverage. Top intangibles; very smart in the classroom. Played in a variety of formations, including inside in a 3-4 and at Mike and Will in 4-3 alignments. Actually may project best in the NFL as a 4-3 Sam."
Sound like a player the Rams could use? He seemed to me to be a very instinctual player who was often around the ball when the whistle blew. He isn't a big name, and neither the Walter Football nor the DraftTek mocks had him even getting drafted, which means he might be a player to think about in round 7, or in rookie FA, if the team fails to select a Sam LB in the earlier rounds. I, for one, think Vobora is at least serviceable on the strongside should the team choose not to pick up a Sam, but in the 7th, or in rookie FA, how much is there to lose really by taking a chance on Mohamed?