Random Ramsdom 4/8: Just Visiting

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Tavon Austin will be making a visit to St. Louis before the NFL Draft. Will he be the next player to put on the horns?

Happy Monday to you, Rams fans.

We're approaching the final stretch before draft day, when college pro days have wrapped up and prospect visits become newsworthy.

How much should pre draft interest be read into? A little, but not too much.

Do teams really use this time as a smokescreen to mask their actual intents? I'm no conspiracy theorist, but maybe?

All that is certain is there are 17 days left until it all really matters, so keep on reading to kill the time.

Rams cashing in on RG3 trade - Last year was the best possible time to "boast" a second overall draft pick. If you're keep track at home, it essentially turned into Michael Brockers, Janoris Jenkins and Isaiah Pead. Oh, and two more first around picks ... for now, at least.

Pre draft visits to St. Louis - It's official - the Rams are interested in the draft's top wide receiver prospects. So far, six have made pre-draft visits, most notably Cordarrelle Patterson. St. Louis has scheduled to meet with several offensive linemen and defenders as well; however, no safeties have yet been in connection.

Assessing Sam's arsenal - The Rams made waves early in March by signing tight end Jared Cook, but the team may have actually lost more than it gained in free agency. For Sam Bradford to take another step forward in 2013, his targets on offense will need to further improve.

Demise of the left tackle - The Miami Dolphins wanted their former franchise left tackle back - there's no doubt about that - but they appeared to lack expected urgency to retain Jake Long this offseason. That seems to follow a recent trend. As NFL offenses continue to evolve, blind side offensive linemen may have taken a less significant role.

Come back home, Saffold - It has now been three weeks since Long signed his contract with St. Louis. It has been even longer since the Rams have been in contact with Rodger Saffold. He fits prominently into the team's immediate future, so it's paramount that he puts his hurt feelings aside.

Mayock's updated player rankings - The NFL's own draft guru, Mike Mayock names his top five prospects at each position. He is high on a pair of running back who have recently been linked to the Rams and is not buying into the Landry Jones hype .

Seahawks looking at Winfield - Former Viking Antoine Winfield will be paying the Seahawks a visit this week. Quickly approaching 36, it's hard to say how much the veteran has left in the tank, but he can still start for many teams. With a miniscule 5' 9" frame, though, he doesn't appear to fit Seattle's philosophy.

Flacco stays in the limelight - Only two months after winning Super Bowl XLVII, Joe Flacco has been given the role of another former MVP. He will play Johnny Unitas in the upcoming film "Unitas We Stand." Their connection to Baltimore helped lead to the decision.

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