It seems strange to be talking about Mel Kiper and the NFL Draft 10 days into the month of May. But here we are. The Hair-Dude released his 2013 big board this week, and it provides an early glimpse at some players who might be on the radar for the St. Louis Rams next spring, when they have two 1st-round picks to spend, courtesy of the Washington Redskins.
It's unlikely the Rams will be looking for a quarterback, barring one of those strange Oklahoma prairie fires engulfing Sam Bradford and pulling off some kind of Freaky Friday switcheroo with Toby Keith, who is the only other celeb from Oklahoma I know (kidding).
Teams looking for a quarterback will have some solid options, led by USC's Matt Barkley who tops Kiper's big board.
LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery checks in at #5 on Kiper's big board. He notes that Montgomery currently lacks the size to be a 4-3 end, but could get there. He's 6'4" 245 pounds.
Strength is pass-blocking; quick feet for his size and can ride a speed rush up the field. Must improve ability to use size and engage and drive defenders as a run-blocker. Can dominatehere if pad level improves. A lot of natural talent, but development left.
Will get the Jake Long comparisons all year in Ann Arbor. Elite length and athleticism for the position, profiles as a left tackle. Long arms, able to move with and swat away speed rushers. Underrated power as a run-blocker given his frame.
Robert Woods from USC is his top wide receiver, No. 7 on the big board, followed by Keenan Allen from Cal at No. 18.
Refined, quick, crafty and productive receiver with soft hands and ability to create big plays after the catch. Gets off the line well, uses space along sidelines and in the corners of the end zone like a pro. Has a second gear to beat defenders deep.
Would have been a great safety, too. Strong hands, catches the ball with ease. Sets up defenders, sees the field well, settling in creases against zones. Not a total burner, but can sell short routes and break deep. Great run-after-catch skills.
Who else should be on the list?