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The NFL isn't the only football being played this weekend. The Shrine game will be a chance for NFL prospects to boost their stock. Which players should the Rams look at? We have you covered.
The Shrine game, is the all-star game for the late round picks. Although this game won't have the big names of the Senior Bowl, this game will have players who still have an NFL future. These players might need to develop, but with the success of late round picks recently, being a late round pick doesn't automatically mean you will never be a good player in the pros.
The St. Louis Rams have a few holes on their team, and it would be a surprise if they drafted one of these players to start day one. But in the 5th-7th rounds, it's all about depth and adding players with potential.
David Bass is a defensive end from Missouri Western State. Bass was productive to say the least in his college campaign, sacking opposing quarterbacks more than 40 times in his career. In 2012 he got 11.5 sacks, 16 tackles for lost, 36 solo tackles and 61 tackles altogether. Here's cbssports review on his performance during practice week.
7. DE David Bass, Missouri Western State (6036, 263 -- East Team)
Bass dominated the Division-II ranks, bringing a productive resume to the NFL with 56 tackles for loss and 39.5 sacks over his career. And playing next to FBS-prospects in St. Pete's, he didn't look out of place with the quickness and hand strength to defeat blocks and find his way to the ballcarrier. Bass has room to refine his pass rush moves to be more effective, but he flashed in practice why he was able to be so productive in college.
Keith Pough is another important name to consider in the latter rounds of the draft. This outside linebacker recorded 349 tackles and 71 tackles for lost in his career playing for Howard. His name has been mentioned all week, and this game will show how his game translates to the NFL, by going up against good competition. Here's CBS report on him.
1. OLB Keith Pough, Howard (6016, 241 -- West Team)
With his performance on the practice field this week and through talking to NFL scouts, putting Pough at No. 1 was the easiest decision on this list. He showed off his natural athleticism and coordination during drills, and while he has room to get stronger, his aggressive and violent playing style was impressive. Pough's physical attributes stand out, but so does his approach to the game. He brings a non-stop motor and competitive attitude to the defense, regardless if it's practice or a game. Although he's still a tad rough around the edges, Pough is a player on the rise and it wouldn't be a shock if he ends up as one of the first players drafted from this year's Shrine Game.
Cooper Taylor could be a player that the Rams don't need to come in to start, but he would bring depth to their weakest position on defense. He recorded 78 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 1.5 sacks, 5 TFL, and 4 interceptions. He would be a good depth player in the 5th or 6th round. Might develop into a starter, but would be a good as a 3rd safety. He was diagnosed with Wolff-parkinson-white-Syndrome, but he had procedure to fix it. He's more of a rover, than a deep cover guy, he would be a good player in the box, but I'm curious if he can bulk up and play weakside linebacker, in a couple of years. Again here's CBS report on Cooper
4. S Cooper Taylor, Richmond (6042, 229 -- East Team)
A Georgia Tech transfer, Taylor stood out as the most impressive defender on the East squad during practice. With his size and strength, he is an enforcer against the run but he also showed the range and athleticism to be effective in coverage as well as the football intelligence to digest a lot of coaching all at once. Taylor routinely drew praise from the coaching staff during drills and often made the calls to get his teammates in proper position. His NFL draft arrow is pointing up after this week, creating some buzz among scouts.
These players would be solid additions to the Rams. So during the Shrine Game, be sure to watch out for these three players.