The St. Louis Rams appear to be in the driver's seat when it comes to the draft this year.
The Combine is still going, technically. With media interviews over, it begs the question as to whether or not something really happens if the media is not there to cover it? Trees in the forest and all that. We are here, however. Both in the technical and existential sense of it. And WE have some good stuff to flop down on your plate, making this sort-of-post-Combine Monday that much more bearable.
Lots of draft and free agent talk related to the St. Louis Rams ... after the jump.
Free agent whispers: Cortland Finnegan, Marques Colston - Tony Pauline says the Lions are undecided on pursuing Cortland Finnegan. Cap space could be a problem for Detroit. Saints free agent wide receiver Marques Colston is said to be looking for $7 million per season, which jives when you think that Vincent Jackson is looking for $10 million per. Pierre Garcon turned down five-years, $35 million from the Colts. He may be clamoring for a deal like before the Draft.
More RG3 trade talk - John Clayton at ESPN says the Browns and Redskins might be the only teams that can afford to trade up for Robert Griffin III this year. Such a trade would likely exceed the traditional value chart for trading picks. The Rams should be able to pull it off, he says.
Stephen Hill, Justin Blackmon impressive at NFL combine - Tony Pauline gives Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill a big endorsement, noting his hands and better than expected route running. Hill should go early in round two. Pauline says Blackmon, despite missing the forty with a case of the blue flu, did well on his routes and catching the ball. He says Michael Floyd should be the second receiver off the board in the draft.
A good weekend for running backs - Sunday was a good day for running backs. Teams like the Rams who need help in that department have some fine names to choose from on the second day of the draft. Florida's Chris Rainey was fast, as expected, and teams are looking at him as a returner and a guy who can pull some duty in the slot. David Wilson locked down a place among the top three running backs. The Va Tech product does a little of everything, but surprised with soft hands as a receiver.
Janoris Jenkins falling off draft boards amid personal concerns - Three run-ins with the law, a failed drug test and a head start on a reality show-sized family are pulling down Jenkins' draft stock. Some teams have taken him off their board already. Four kids by three different women has teams concerned. Perhaps more troubling is that Jenkins was suspended while at North Alabama, which in and of itself was a suspension from D1.
Doug Martin 2012 NFL Draft scouting report - Get to know Boise State running back Doug Martin. Speed and a natural ability in the passing game, including pass blocking, should make Martin a very good complementary back in the NFL.