Random Ramsdom, May 1: Draft Month Is Upon Us!

Joe Robbins

With only SEVEN days remaining until the 2014 NFL Draft, take a gander at what’s going on with the St. Louis Rams. Player visits, workouts, and rumors all continue to shape NFL story lines as we kickstart the month of May. I blame you for all of it, NFL...

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Manziel, Evans, and Matthews to Work Out For Rams on Friday:  NFL.com

NFL Media insiders Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport report that the Rams -- who have the No. 2 and No. 13 picks in the first round -- will work out A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, wide receiver Mike Evans and offensive tackle Jake Matthews.






Taking a Look Back at Deacon Jones’ Dominance CBS Sports

As the days pass, it seems clearer that former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney could be the No. 1 overall pick in next week's NFL draft.

With that possibility, it's entirely appropriate to remember the former Rams/Chargers/Redskins defensive end, the man who invented the sack, one of the scariest defenders ever to play in the NFL: Deacon Jones.

Rams Prospect Profile - Dakota Dozier:  ESPN NFL Nation

The Rams showed interest in Dozier, one of the better small-school prospects in this draft, by reportedly bringing him in for a pre-draft visit. It's highly unlikely Dozier will play tackle, especially on the left side in the NFL, but that's not what the Rams are looking at him for.

Speedy Cooks Offers Depth at Wideout:  St. Louis Rams’ Official Site

Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks has often missed the draft headlines at his position that have typically been reserved for Clemson’s Sammy Watkins and Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, but in a particularly deep receiver class, Cooks could find himself selected in the first round in May.


Jason Verrett has become a very popular name amongst Rams’ fans over the past few months.  In an interview earlier this week, he told PFT Live that he thinks he’ll go in the latter third of the first round.  The Rams don’t currently have a pick there.  Could they?



With Chris Long, Robert Quinn, William Hayes, and Eugene Sims on the roster, defensive end certainly doesn’t seem like much of a need for the Rams as we approach the draft.  But should the opportunity arise...let’s say, at No. 2 overall...it’s possible they could find room for another.


In this scenario, the Rams trade down with the Atlanta Falcons in the first round. Atlanta gets the No. 2 overall pick, while the Rams get the No. 6 overall pick, as well as an additional second-round selection.


Jason La Canfora highlights a few deep sleepers who, based on conversations with scouts and decisions makers, could end up doing pretty well come draft weekend.

Draft Flashback 2011:  Yahoo! Sports

It seems that after many years of failed attempts to hit on draft picks, the Rams have finally started to unsurface a few of the Draft’s true gems.  They certainly found one in 2011.

Team By Team Visits and Workouts: RotoWorld

St. Louis Rams

Offense:

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State (Private workout)
Garrett Gilbert, QB, SMU (Visit)
AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama (Private workout)
Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia (Visit, Private workout)
Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh (Visit)
Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina (N/A)
Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State (Visit, Private workout)
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State (Visit)
Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson (Private workout)
Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina (Visit)
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M (Visit)
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson (Private workout)
Reggie Jordan, TE, Missouri Western State (Visit)
Joel Bitonio, OL, Nevada (Visit)
Taylor Lewan, OL, Michigan (Visit)
Jake Matthews, OL, Texas A&M (Visit, Private workout)
Greg Robinson, OL, Auburn (Visit, Private workout)
Billy Turner, OL, North Dakota State (Visit)

Defense:

Jadeveon Clowney, DL, South Carolina (Visit)
Aaron Donald, DL, Pittsburgh (Visit)
Kony Ealy, DL, Missouri (Visit)
Dominique Easley, DL, Florida (Visit)
Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame (Visit)
Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo (Visit)
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State (Visit)
Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State (Visit)
Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech (Visit)
Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State (Visit)
Jason Verrett, CB, TCU (Visit)
Maurice Alexander, S, Utah State (Visit)


At No. 13, the Rams have plenty of options, however the most popular one is for the Rams to address the secondary at that spot.  That should definitely be something the Rams address in the draft at some point, as it was the weakest spot on their defense. However, where the Rams should really take a strong look at is on the defensive line at Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald.


"As the discussion over how early the Rams should take a safety in the draft has heated up in the last couple days, it got me thinking: Would a rangy, do-it-all free safety represent the final piece of what would be a complete Rams’ defense? And if you believe that’s the case, doesn’t it make the selection of one of the top players available at the position an absolute necessity at pick No. 13 in the first round?"

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