Happy April, Rams fans! Our favorite month is here and in four long weeks we will draft a hoard of new, young players. Once two quarterbacks are taken, there is no telling what madness will unfold; that is why we obsess, watch and subsequently pull our hair out. You just can't avoid it, but we'll get to that soon enough.
Would you see a movie that was made by a St. Louis Ram? You just might get your chance.
Steven Jackson’s playing career is still far from over, yet he’s already planning for a life after football. Beginning today through Thursday, he, along with Terrell Suggs and D’Brickashaw Ferguson, will be attending the NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp at Universal Studios. Jackson has his eyes set on directing and script writing, drawing on his experiences as a professional football player. Perhaps this may some day lead to a position on NFL Network alongside the rest of the Pro Bowl Rams of the last two decades?
Fans of the Rams and the "Greatest Show on Turf" received a bit of good news last week when word broke that "Big Game" Torry Holt would again sign with his former team. Although he won't be catching any more spectacular touchdowns, it's a respectable move for both parties for one of the best to ever wear the horns. Holt led the league in both receptions and yards from 2000 to 2009. This week he will officially retire from a career which may eventually earn him a spot in Canton, Ohio.
It has long been a forgone conclusion that the Washington Redskins will use the second overall pick to take whichever quarterback falls past the Colts, and coach Mike Shanahan isn't ready to start guessing on whom that will be. He knows that he will be ecstatic either way, but won't succumb to speculation. Banks finds it hard to believe that Fisher and Williams weren't prepared for or had prior knowledge to the bounty investigation.
The 2012 offseason has been an all-out marathon for new Rams GM Les Snead. From trading down four spots for a collection of picks to signing highly coveted free agents and preparing for the draft, he certainly has had no trouble keeping himself busy. Snead recognizes the huge void left at linebacker, as well as other positions, and seems extremely confident in his ability and opportunity to address it.
This seems to be the bit draft talk that has Rams fans going wild. Currently the team has only eight picks in this month's draft - not a large amount considering the blockbuster deal which they made just a month ago. Fisher notes that another trade is not likely until the clock starts ticking on April 26. Thomas believes the most likely scenario would be for a QB-needy team to make a move for Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill.
Although the Rams have thus far failed to add a headlining receiver, newly acquired Steve Smith is expected to play a pivotal role. GM Les Snead believes that the knee injury he suffered in 2010 has now had enough time to heal and Smith can finally put his ailments behind him. Another free agent receiver, Jerricho Cotchery, is scheduled for a visit tomorrow and Wednesday.
For the past five years St. Louis' anemic offense has been spelled on fourth down by veteran punter, Donnie Jones. Jones will now be taking his boot to Houston, where he will likely lessen his workload. He had hoped to reach a deal with the Rams, though an offer never came. He expects his replacement to be found via the draft.
You may recognize this name from his 15 minutes of fame in the HBO series, Hard Knocks. Turner joins Ojinnaka as a newly acquired backup offensive lineman. He will assume the third guard position, playing mostly on special teams.
A group that included former NBA star Magic Johnson broke the mold last week when they purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers for a whopping $2 billion, edging out Rams owner, Stan Kroenke. Such a number had never been spent for a professional sporting franchise before. In comparison, Stephen Ross bought the Miami Dolphins in 2009 for $1.1 billion.
Here is a quick read from ESPN's NFC West blog. The Rams have yet to sign any of their 17 remaining unrestricted free agents. Brandon Lloyd, Chris Chamberlain and Donnie Jones are each headed elsewhere, while Al Harris is expected to retire.
When asked how involved he has been with the new lease proposal, Rams owner Stan Kroenke seemed a little perturbed. He has been his usual silent self with regards to any and all speculation about the team's moving and quickly brushes away any questions. He hasn't exactly made himself loved amongst the "St. Louis" Rams fanbase.
In this mock the Rams address positions of immediate, dire need. Wright has them taking Justin Blackmon, Devon Still and David Wilson, a speedy complement to Steven Jackson, with their first three picks.
Due to Stanford's quarterly academic calendar, Andrew Luck may before forced to delay the beginning of his career of a professional quarterback. Rams fans should remember a similar situation with Cincinnati wide receiver Mardy Gilyard, although that may be an unfair comparison for the nearly indisputable number one pick.
Whether you love him or hate him, can't get enough of him or are tired of him, there is no denying that Tim Tebow is a polarizing figure. So much so that his new team would like to cut down the amount of publicity he receives as to not overshadow incumbent starter Mark Sanchez. Good luck with that.
Finally, to jump start your day, let's pretend that the Rams are now on the clock. Here is Fox Sports' preview of the team's draft needs.
On the Clock: Rams (via FoxSports)