The NFL and the players send dueling offers for mediation, both mostly meaningless. That and much more draft talk in today's edition.
The 2011 NFL Draft is less than three weeks away. The NFL Lockout is, well, it still is. All the news that fits for the St. Louis Rams, right in in one convenient location. Let's get right into it first with a look at the latest lockout news followed by some important draft talk.
Head for the table, regardless of its location
Now that the owners have finally lowered their guard, the players must agree to resume CBA talks. Both sides made competing offers for mediation yesterday, with the offers being mostly meaningless given the fact that the players want to do it in Federal court and the owners in Federal mediation. Jason Cole argues that the players should just accept the NFL offer for mediation and leave it out of court.
Wide receiver notes and one expert's take on the Rams needs after the jump.
Breaking down Baldwin and the vertical game
Matt Bowen breaks down Baldwin and the vertical game. Don't rule out Baldwin to the Rams, depending on how the second round shakes out. If he can settle character concerns, Baldwin might be a good fit for the Rams since they would have him focusing exclusively on the vertical passing game with Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson catching the other stuff in the middle.
What a relief for the Rams: Sam Bradford looked like the franchise QB they needed. And now with two solid drafts behind him, GM Billy Devaney needs one more to get St. Louis back in the playoffs, Pete Prisco says.
Rob Rang's Big Board measures not only skill, but maturity, intelligence and work ethic. Besides the obvious two, only Torrey Smith and Jerrel Jernigan make the list at WR. Ryan Kerrigan, Corey Liuget and Aldon Smith fill the 18-20 spots.
NFL.com's Michael Lombardi has concerns about Torrey Smith's playing ability. He specifically cites his hands and "playing small" downfield as major concerns about how his game will translate at the NFL level.