Former St. Louis Rams (and Los Angeles) and current color man for the Rams' radio broadcasts DT D'Marco Farr was on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft" today, and offered a few insights as to the Rams' draft thinking. Among the more interesting tidbits he dropped on air today had to do with the Rams and Alabama RB Mark Ingram. That topic has simmered a little below the surface lately.
Farr said that he would not completely eliminate the possibility of the Rams using their first round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft to select Ingram, but did say that it would be a "mild surprise." Mild, only because Ingram could be the best player available, in the eyes of some, at pick #14.
I don't doubt that Farr has an inside track to the Rams draft thinking, he has deep roots with the organization from his time there and connections as a member of the media. Still, I think the Ingram thing is ultimately nothing more than just talk. I can't imagine that there wouldn't be a defensive lineman available that would take precedent over picking Ingram. I'm also of the mind that running back value can be had in later rounds, especially if the Rams start to move toward a two back system and think of a future without Steven Jackson.
Ingram isn't exactly risk-free himself. His knee injuries trouble more than a few draftniks. On the same show, Michael Lombardi said that several teams are concerned about his knee. Then again, it is that time of year when truth and babble merge into an syrupy jumble.
Farr did mention that Aldon Smith is a popular guy among the draft yakkers at Rams Park.