It's almost time for the NFL Draft, with the chance for the Rams to pick up some players that can help them dethrone the San Francisco 49ers, and win the division. Yes, it's okay to think that far ahead, because everyone is 0-0 baby.
A couple of days ago, Ryan wrote about the Rams bringing in a few prospects. Well, the Rams have brought in or are planning to bring in a few more players. Here's the ones we know of, courtesy of the great Rams beat writer Jim Thomas.
Arthur Brown - LB - Kansas State - Is an undersized linebacker, that has been compared to Ray Lewis. I don't think that he will be that good, but he looks pretty good. He has the speed and athleticism that you want, and he's good in man coverage. Brown will probably be drafted in the 1st round, he might slide into the 2nd round though.
Larry Warford - G - Kentucky - Is a phone booth. Warford is impressive, he has the power, and is a better pass blocker than you would think. He's ideal fit is at right guard. Warford is most likely to go in the second round.
Jonathan Franklin - RB - Tony Pauline mentioned Franklin visiting the Rams on Twitter.UCLA Franklin is a back like Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson. He is fast, and can be very elusive. He caught the ball 33 times, so he brings the receiving aspect to his game. The more I watch him, the more similar he appears to Pead.
Keenan Allen - WR - Cal- Allen is a name that everyone who has payed attention to the draft will recognize. He was ranked the highest receiver by many draft pundits before the end of the NFL regular season. He is recovering from his leg injury, and will have his own pro day around this time next week. It's obvious why the Rams are bringing him in.
Justin Hunter- WR- Tenn - Hunter played pwell coming off his leg injury the year before. His upside is high, but his ceiling seems low, at least in my eyes. He had a lot of drops last season, but I think he's hands will be better this season because he won't have to worry about his knee on every play. Do you bank on his upside? We will see what the Rams would do.
Eddie Lacy - RB- Ala - The Rams need a running back, and Lacy fits the style of back head coach Jeff Fisher will like. Lacy is a power back. He and Isaiah Pead could end up a solid duo if the Rams decide to draft him. Hopefully not in the first round though.
Khaseem Greene - OLB - Rutgers - Greene will most likely end up a weakside linebacker in theNFL, and that's where the Rams will need him to play. Greene is fast and athletic. He's a solid player the Rams could play early, or let develop if they draft him this season. He will most likely be drafted in the mid-rounds.
T.J. Moe - WR,- Missouri - Moe is a player that local fans will know. He started his career off strong, but then his stats cooled dowb, more than likely because of the quarterback play. In the pros Moe will more than likely be drafted late, as a slot receiver.
Kyle Long-G- Oregon The younger, and maybe cooler brother of the Rams very own Chris Long. Kyle Long only played one season on the offensive line, but he figures to go in the first two rounds in the draft. His upside is high, and there's even a chance that he could play offensive tackle at the next level.
Tavon Austin - WR- WVU - What do I need to say about Austin? he's small, but he will impact whatever team he plays on in different ways. His speed is from a different planet, match in good route running and hands, and you have a great prospect. He's small size worries me more than others, but if he can stay healthy he will be a game changer.
Terrance Williams - WR- Baylor: Here's that physical outside receiver the Rams need to add to the lineup. Williams can get down the field with his legs. He would need to work on his routes. Looks like a second-round pick at this point.
Spencer Ware - RB- LSU: The Rams are really checking out the running backs this year, which kind of makes you wonder what the internal opinion of Isaiah Pead is. Ware would be a perfect complementary back to a guy like Pead. He's a big, physical runner that picks up yards after contact. Great for goal line work too. He lacks the speed to be a full-timer.
Here's the list of visits that Ryan wrote a couple of days ago, but it makes sense to have them all in one place.
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.