It's a busy, busy time of year for NFL general managers, coaches and scouts. Their last minute cramming includes up to 30 private visits or workouts with players available in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Rams, like every other team, are filling up their calendar too with a variety of prospects, not all of them obvious first-round picks.
Here's the list of prospects ticketed for a private workout or visit with the Rams that we know of. We'll be adding to this list over the coming days.
David Bass - DE - Missouri Western: Bass was immediately pegged as one of the top small school prospects after last year's draft, and his stock kept rising right on through the 2012 season into this spring. He had a standout performance at this year's East-West Shrine Game. It looks like Bass is ticketed for the fifth or sixth round. In a nutshell, he's a quick pass rusher that will have to refine his techniques at the next level.
Brandon Williams - DT - Missouri Southern: Kirkwood's own is a fairly well-known commodity, a potential second- or third-round pick who might be picked sooner if he had played at a bigger school. Strength is his game, and he'll get some looks from 3-4 teams that see the 6'1, 332-pounder as a nose tackle.
Marcus Lattimore - RB - South Carolina: By now you should all be familiar with Lattimore. He's coming off a devastating knee injury, which is actually the second major knee injury of his career. He did some rehab workouts for scouts last week at his pro day, and maintains that he could be ready to play early in the 2013 season. If healthy, he could be one of the better running backs available, but it's a big if. Even if his knee is ready to go, will he still have the same effectiveness. A late-round flyer wouldn't be a bad deal at all, but it also has to be weighed against just how needed he'll be in the lineup.
Alec Ogletree - LB - Georgia: Well, well, well. The first round of the draft isn't exactly stuffed with linebackers that aren't primarily pass rushers. He can do some of that, but he made his reputation as a hard-hitting, rangy player who stayed on the field for three downs and then some. He's a tremendously talented player who could slip some because of off-field stuff. Over the long term, he'd be the replacement for Jo-Lonn Dunbar, who could move to SLB if the Rams did draft Ogletree.
D.J. Fluker - OT - Alabama: No surprise here. The Rams need an offensive tackle. Rodger Saffold is leaving sooner or later (probably after this season). Fluker is a nasty run blocker, and would be a nice fit on the right side for the Rams.
Mike Gillislee - RB - Florida: At 5'11, 208 pounds, he's not exactly the big back Fisher wants. He lacks the gaudy pure speed numbers, but is very quick and capable of making tacklers miss. He could be a big play threat. Gillislee's name on this list makes you wonder, even just a little, how much leash Isaiah Pead has.
Terron Armstead - OT - Arkansas, Pine Bluff: Armstead actually counts as one of the local visits, not one of the 30 pre-draft one-on-ones allowed by the NFL. You probably recognize his name from the Combine, where he bested all tackles with a blazing 4.71 time in the 40. Armstead would be an interesting pick for the Rams if he's there in the second round. A year learning the ropes behind Jake Long and Saffold could benefit him.
Stay tuned, we'll add to the list as we know more.