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Polian Pre-Draft Questions

We did this last year, and I figured it would be great to bring back, especially with the draft looking so uncertain.

I was listening to The Herd with Colin Cowherd last year before the draft (a rare occurrence), and he brought Bill Polian in to talk about the draft. He talked about how he managed the process of analyzing prospects. It was pretty insightful to see how easy it can be to communicate how you feel about a few players:

... We would bring the senior scouts back in, and show them the board and say 'Who's up there that you don't like, that you hate... and who should be up there? And then third, who do you want on this football team? You have one choice, who do you want on this football team." So we'd go back around again and let them have the last word just so to be sure that the head coach and I and the assistant GM aren't being carried away by our own voices...

So let's try this out, shall we? He asks 3 questions, and we can use the list of prospects that have visited with the Rams, via WalterFootball. (Although I hate crediting him with anything). Here's the list, and the 3 questions are down below as a reminder:

St. Louis Rams:
Maurice Alexander, DB, Utah State (LOC)
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State (PRI)
Joel Bitonio, OL, Nevada (PRI)
Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin (SR)
Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida (COM)
Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (PRO)
Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson (PRO)
Deone Bucannon, DB, Washington State (PRI)
Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State (EW)
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State (PRI)
Glenn Carson, LB, Penn State (EW)
HaHa Clinton-Dix, DB, Alabama (COM)
Jadeveon Clowney, DL, South Carolina (PRI)
Darqueze Dennard, DB, Michigan State (PRI)
Aaron Donald%, DL, Pittsburgh (PRI) (COM)
Kony Ealy, DL, Missouri (LOC)
Dominique Easley, DL, Florida (PRI)
Chris Elkins, OL, Youngstown State (EW)
Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina (PRI)
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M (PRI)
Kyle Fuller, DB, Virginia Tech (PRI)
E.J. Gaines, DB, Missouri (COM)
Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice (EW)
Garrett Gilbert, QB, SMU (PRO)
Justin Gilbert%, DB, Oklahoma State (PRI) (COM)
Kevin Graf, OL, Southern California (EW)
Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt (EW)
Marcus Heit, LS, Kansas State (SR)
Blake Jackson, TE, Oklahoma State (EW)
Reggie Jordan, TE, Missouri Western State (LOC)
Taylor Lewan, OL, Michigan (PRI)
Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo (VINT) (PRI)
Cassius Marsh, DL, UCLA (EW%)
Tre Mason, RB, Auburn (COM)
Jake Matthews%, OL, Texas A&M (PRI) (PRO) (COM)
A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama (PRI)
Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia (PRI/PRO)
Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama (PRI)
Tyler Ott, LS, Harvard (SR)
Sean Parker, S, Washington (EW)
Calvin Pryor, DB, Louisville (COM)
Greg Robinson%, OL, Auburn (PRI) (COM)
Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh (PRI)
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State (PRI)
Tyler Starr, LB, South Dakota (EW)
Will Sutton, DL, Arizona State (PRI)
Brandon Thomas, OL, Clemson (SR)
Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame (PRI)
Billy Turner, OL, North Dakota State (PRI)
Jason Verrett%, DB, TCU (PRI) (COM)
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson (PRI)
Trey Watts, RB, Tulsa (PRO)
Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State (PRI)

(Keep in mind: Walt swears by his pick for Bradley Roby to the Rams, but he doesn't even have him listed here. Hard to trust this guy very much.)

3 Questions to Answer:

  • Who do you hate on this board?
  • Who do you think should be added?
  • You have one choice, who needs to be on this team?

Speak your mind below!

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