Very proud moment for Rams fans:
The draft day plot thickens:
Can Les Snead Win GM Battle?: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Trent Baalke and John Schneider have put together impressive teams as architects of the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, respectively. Can Rams GM Les Snead surpass them?
2014 NFL Draft Top 200 Big Board: SB Nation - Mocking The Draft
MTD's Matthew Fairburn presents his updated big board, which now includes the top 200 prospects in the nation.
Lindenwood's Desir makes NFL scouts take notice: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Local small-school cornerback prospect Pierre Desir is getting plenty of attention, as the evaluation process continues leading up to the draft in May.
A storm is brewing: National Football Post
Did the NFLPA sell the best players in the draft down the river with the new CBA signed in 2011?
"In a survey of 10 NFL general managers and/or salary cap specialists, all of them said they expect almost every player from the first round in 2011 to be tendered for a fifth year in their contract rather than sign a long-term extension this year."
Snead needs to find his poker face: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Bernie Miklasz ponders whether Les Snead should be keeping his cards closer to the vest this off season. Is Snead showing too much of his hand?
Vetting potential trade partners: Falcons: ESPN NFC West
Over the next 6 weeks, ESPN's Nick Wagoner examines potential trade partners for the Rams' #2 selection in the upcoming NFL draft. First on the list: The Atlanta Falcons, who hold the #6 overall selection.
Draft Prospects Highlight Reel: CB - Justin Gilbert - Oklahoma State
Justin Gilbert #4 Oklahoma State Career Highlights (via Next2Greatness)
Ted Bryant examines Jeff Fisher's entire draft history as a head coach, and charts every pick he's made. The results confirm what many already surmise: don't expect Jeff Fisher to draft an offensive lineman in the first round.
Some interesting news from Kevin Demoff regarding the stadium/lease, Sam Bradford, and Rodger Saffold.
As Les Snead noted in an interview this past week at the Senior Bowl, in a division like the NFC West, you better be able to play defense...tough defense.
A St. Louis Rams Complete 2014 NFL Mock Draft: S.I. - Fansided
DE Jadeveon Clowney, OT Zach Martin, and S Deone Bucannon head the list of this complete 7 round Rams mock draft.
Want a QB? Best to draft early: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Let's hope QB-hungry teams pay attention to the QB draft results tabulated by Bernie Miklasz, when contemplating trading up to the #2 spot in the upcoming NFL draft.
Stat Facts Of The Week: 3rd Down Conversion Efficiency
|Rank||Team||3rd Down Attempts||3rd Downs Converted||3rd Down Efficiency %|
|1||San Diego Chargers||206||101||49.0 %|
|2||Denver Broncos||205||95||46.3 %|
|3||New Orleans Saints||221||97||43.9 %|
|4||Carolina Panthers||208||91||43.8 %|
|5||Atlanta Falcons||207||89||43.0 %|
|6||Detroit Lions||221||95||43.0 %|
|7||Chicago Bears||197||83||42.1 %|
|8||Tennessee Titans||227||94||41.4 %|
|9||Green Bay Packers||216||89||41.2 %|
|10||Cincinnati Bengals||225||92||40.9 %|
|11||Washington Redskins||235||95||40.4 %|
|12||New York Jets||231||90||39.0 %|
|13||Philadelphia Eagles||213||83||39.0 %|
|14||Pittsburgh Steelers||216||82||38.0 %|
|15||Indianapolis Colts||213||80||37.6 %|
|16||New England Patriots||221||83||37.6 %|
|17||Seattle Seahawks||204||76||37.3 %|
|18||San Francisco 49ers||211||77||36.5 %|
|19||Minnesota Vikings||214||78||36.4 %|
|20||Baltimore Ravens||253||92||36.4 %|
|21||Houston Texans||231||83||35.9 %|
|22||Arizona Cardinals||210||74||35.2 %|
|23||Oakland Raiders||223||78||35.0 %|
|24||Miami Dolphins||217||76||35.0 %|
|25||Cleveland Browns||237||83||35.0 %|
|26||Dallas Cowboys||180||63||35.0 %|
|27||Kansas City Chiefs||213||74||34.7 %|
|28||St. Louis Rams||212||73||34.4 %|
|29||Buffalo Bills||244||83||34.0 %|
|30||New York Giants||211||69||32.7 %|
|31||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||221||69||31.2 %|
|32||Jacksonville Jaguars||225||70||31.1 %|
The success of a team is partially dependent on its ability to convert on third downs. Efficiency in this area helps teams sustain drives, and score points. The Rams ranked 28th in this vital statistic for the 2013 season. The chart is courtesy of "Sporting Charts".
Senior Bowl Review: Rotoworld
Respected NFL draft analyst Josh Norris reviews players that stood out during Senior Bowl week, and selects his top-25 Senior Bowlers.
One Ram who needs to see the field more in 2014: Cover 32 Rams
That one Ram would be none other than wide receiver Stedman Bailey.
Sam Bradford Injury Impact: Brian Quick: Ramblin' Fan
The NFL Has A Major Underclassmen Problem: S.I. - MMQB
A record 98 underclassmen declared for the NFL draft this year. Why the rush to enter the NFL? The 2011 CBA.
"If people say there are a lot of juniors this year, that means there might not be a lot of seniors next year and teams will say, ‘Let’s maybe use future picks for this year,’" said Rams general manager Les Snead. "You never know how that’s going to work. But I do think when it’s deep, that it does affect strategy. It just depends on how creative people get."
"I’m ecstatic about where we’re sitting now with the 2 and 13," Snead said. "The deeper this (draft) gets, all of a sudden you may have more quality. You may have a second and a third that you might feel good about trading to get lower and with more picks. Should be fun."
Top Heavy Spending In The NFL: Over The Cap
OTC takes a look at the top 5 player salary cap charges per team for 2014. The Rams rank 7th highest in the NFL.
On This Day In Sports History
A nostalgic look back at Eric Dickerson's record 248 yard rushing game against the Dallas Cowboys in the 1986 playoffs (link)
Eric Dickerson 248 (via Robert McDorman)
St. Louis Rams have "nice piece of real estate" in draft: NFL.com - Video
Rams GM Les Snead was interviewed by the NFL Network during Senior Bowl week, and shares his thoughts on this years draft.
A tongue-in-cheek look at sibling rivalry, and what Peyton Manning can expect playing in brother Eli's house.
NFL's move towards big receivers means need for big corners: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
12 of the top 15 wide-outs in receiving yards for 2013 were 6'2" and taller. Jim Thomas suggests the way to counter that trend is with bigger cornerbacks.
NFL Draft Redux: Sports Illustrated
2013 All-NFC West Team: Pro Football Focus
PFF includes three Rams on its year-end team. The inclusions of John Hekker and Robert Quinn were no surprise. The surprise is Rodger Saffold...at guard.
2014 NFL Mock Draft: SB Nation - Mocking The Draft
MTD offers up its first two round mock draft of the year. The Rams trade down to #6 (Atlanta), and select WR Sammy Watkins. S Calvin Pryor is the selection at #13. In the second round, the Rams select OT Antonio Richardson and DT Will Sutton. The Rams receive a 2nd round pick from Atlanta for moving down 4 spots. A couple of thoughts: if that's all the Rams end up getting for the #2 overall draft pick, I would be very disappointed in the front office. With the likely abundance of quality guards in the second round (and the obvious need), I'd like the Rams to address that position sooner than later in the draft.
St. Louis Rams' Top Needs And Fits In The 2014 Draft: Bleacher Report
Offensive linemen Greg Robinson and Cyril Richardson, plus defensive backs Justin Gilbert and Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, head the list of players that could fill needs for the Rams in the upcoming draft.
Quinn and Hekker impress as Team Rice wins Pro Bowl: Ramblin' Fan
Both John Hekker and Robert Quinn played well in last weekends Pro Bowl, proving they belonged with the elite of the league. Hekker punted 4 times for a 47 yard average. Quinn had a sack, and tipped a pass that led to an interception.
A Tale Of Two Cities: Grantland
Bill Barnwell takes an in-depth look at how the Denver Broncos' historic offense will fare, against Seattle's dominant defense, in the Super Bowl. My prediction? Still sticking with the Broncos, as I have for many weeks: Denver 23 - Seattle 20.
How The Seahawks Built A Super Bowl Team: S.I. Audibles
A detailed, insightful article revealing how the Seahawks were built, from the ground up.
St. Louis Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"
The Rams currently have $172,529 in Available Salary Cap Space, second-lowest in the NFL. They will likely carry this amount forward into the 2014 off season as a credit towards the 2014 salary cap.
Mel Kiper Jr. provides team-by-team re-grades for the 2013 draft. Kiper originally gave the Rams an A- for their selections. That grade has been reduced to a B+ after the 2013 season. I have to disagree with him on this one. Zac Stacy, Tavon Austin, Alec Ogletree, and T.J. McDonald are all starters, and should continue to shine and grow. Still an A- in my mind.
Who Rams Fans Should Root For In Super Bowl: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Bernie Miklasz believes Rams fans should be cheering on the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Can you bring yourself to do it?
St. Louis Rams' Team Report: Yahoo Sports
A unit-by-unit analysis of the Rams' 2013 season and roster.
Rams Chat Rewind: ESPN Sports Nation
Nick Wagoner continues his weekly question and answer segment, touching on all subjects related to the Rams.
How did the Seahawks get here?: CBS Sports
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora examines how the Seattle Seahawks were built, rising from a middling record, to the playoffs, and now the Super Bowl.
Jake Long had his ACL surgery: Pro Football Talk
Jake Long's torn ACL was repaired last week without issue. The injured MCL was expected to need 4-6 weeks to heal before the ACL could be operated on. Luckily for the Rams, the MCL healed faster than expected. Will this positive development influence their off season plans?
How the Denver Broncos built their Super Bowl team: S.I. - Audibles
Since the Rams are moving forward in establishing a Super Bowl-worthy team, it's always a good idea to look at how other teams - like the Broncos - have built theirs.
Top 10 Cornerbacks in The 2014 NFL Draft: Bleacher Report
BR lists their top ten cornerbacks entering the 2014 NFL Draft.
Tony Softli addresses concerns regarding the impact of Jake Long's Injury:
Draft and free agency capital used on wide receiver/tight end positions since 2011
The accompanying chart presents the Rams' draft selections at the WR/TE positions since 2011:
Round 1 2 3 4 Year 2011 Lance Kendricks Austin Pettis Greg Salas 2012 Brian Quick Chris Givens 2013 Tavon Austin (Tavon Austin) Stedman Bailey Totals 1 3 2 2
In addition, the Rams acquired TE Jared Cook in 2013 via free agency. Note that Tavon Austin accounts for two picks on the chart, as the Rams gave up their second round selection to move up in the draft for Austin.
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Blast From The Past: Classic Rock Tuesday: Led Zeppelin - Dazed And Confused
Led Zeppelin - Dazed And Confused "1969" [ Good Quality ] (via ubackdoorman)
Please have a great Tuesday and a Ramtastic week!!