There has been a lot of talk on this site about the draft board. Here's Jim Thomas weighing in on a couple of things:
Jim Thomas: Well, there's a lot of ways the Rams could've gone, and you can start with the second round. The Rams picked 47th overall in the round. They could've gone guard with Ben Ijalana (Villanova), who went two picks later (49). Marcus Gilchrist (Clemson), who could've provided help at nickel back and free safety, was a guy the Rams showed a lot of pre-draft interest in _ he went No. 50 to San Diego. Another safety prospect, Temple's Jaiquawn Jarrett, I believe was a private workout guy for the Rams. He went No. 54 to Philly. Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure, another pre-draft visit guy, went No. 57 to Detroit. Maryland WR Torrey Smith, one of the fastest wideouts in the draft, went No. 58 to Baltimore. And Brandon Harris of Miami (Fla.) who made a pre-draft visit to Rams Park, went No. 60 to Houston. Harris was said to be very effective covering slot receivers in college.
But the Rams apparently stuck by their board. They liked Kendricks so much they apparently considered trading up for him for a while.
Jim Thomas: I don't think that's necessarily true. Rudolph has had a lot of injury issues at Notre Dame, and Josh McDaniels apparently thought that Kendricks had the best hands in the draft next to A.J. Green.
Obviously this doesn' t prove anything. Van could be right about the board. Jim could be right about the board. It's a matter of whose sources are correct. Source quality, if you will. I don't know. Thought it was worth sharing, b/c there are accounts that are in conflict.