We all know that the Rams are in desperate need of an OT. Most of us have have dreams of Luke Joeckel falling to us, or Eric Fisher pissing the Chargers off before our 16th pick. What about a different Fisher?
Elvis Fisher from Missouri.
I'm sure most Rams fans are also Tiger fans, and saw moments of this guy, shine through. He accumulated quite the resume while accelerating the careers of folks around him. At 6'5", 300 lbs (at latest weigh-in), he was the starting left tackle as a freshman in 2008 and an All-Big XII honorable mention at left tackle in 2009/2010. He served as a great blind-side protector for Blaine Gabbert, who has not panned out as a first-round pick without him at the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Now, this Fisher is not work the 16th overall at all. Or the 22nd. He has injury concerns that make my legs hurt just thinking about it. He missed the 2011 season with a ruptured patellar tendon, which is the tendon on the frontside of your knee keeping your legs intact. He was hurt again in the 2012 season, carted off the field versus Georgia with an MCL strain that kept him out for three games. He came back, but never at full strength.
In fact, it's so bad, the star is not worth even a 4th rounder, in my opinion.
However, the OT class is deep. Really deep. Let's say we get one with our first 4 picks. In order for Fisher to be drafted, he has to excel the NFL Scouting Combine and his pro day. Fisher has a very real possibility to slide through the weekend being undrafted.
Picking up this guy to compete with our offensive line would be an incredible idea. It is an example of late-round gems being available and a chance for other needs to be addressed with playmakers without gems in the ranks behind them. This guy had the realistic talent to be drafted as high as in round two. If he has been going through rehab properly, who know what kind of protection the Rams could gain for a short price.