Rams making last-minute draft visits to workout Johnny Manziel, AJ McCarron & others

Sean Gardner

The top brass from the St. Louis Rams is loaded into a plane and flying around the country to sneak a last peak at some potential draft picks.

Jeff Fisher, Les Snead and the whole gang from the St. Louis Rams are headed to College Station, Texas, on Friday to workout a trio of top prospects: Johnny Manziel, Mike Evans and Jake Matthews. Sure, it sounds like a fun sitcom, but it's really just part of the team's last-minute effort to get one more look at some potential prospects on their draft board.

Now before you start complaining about quarterbacks this, and too-high-to-take Matthews that, just hold your horses. This is just one of the stops these football Friends are making.

On Thursday, they're in Alabama to spend some time with AJ McCarron and probably a few other Alabama players.

Uh oh, they're taking Brian Schottenheimer with them to evaluate prospects?

Before you get too bent out of shape about Manziel or McCarron, don't worry. The Rams do this all the time, work out players late in the process eyeballing the other guys on the field too, not just the ones that get the headlines.

That's how they got a closer look at Stedman Bailey, on a trip to West Virginia to workout Tavon Austin.

One name to watch out for from the Alabama contingent is wide receiver Kevin Norwood. He'd be a great complementary receiver, a third-down option and redzone threat given his ability to win on jump balls and some really solid hands. Think of him as an upgrade over Brian Quick and Austin Pettis.

The incomparable Danny Kelly featured Norwood in his "Jumps Off the Tape" series recently.

You also have to think they'll be looking at tackle Cyrus Kouandjio as a potential second-round pick or even someone they could target if horse trading lands them a later pick in the first round. Guard Anthony Steen is another late-round possibility.

Taylor Lewan isn't the only tackle at Michigan. Michael Schofield could get a look too.

At Norte Dame, Zack Martin is the headliner among offensive prospects. Of course, I would never rule out Jeff Fisher's team making a play for defensive line prospects like Louis Nix or Stephon Tuitt. The sleeper among the Irish crowd could be tight end Troy Niklas.

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