Just over a week until the 2011 NFL Draft kicks off, the last pro football event we can be assured of. As the clock counts down on the end of the NFL for a while, there's plenty happening, including an important third year of the St. Louis Rams rebuilding process.
Let's get right into it.
Jerry Jones joins owners at mediation session
Whether they're ultimately meaningless or not, three new owners will join the mediation session today, including Dallas' Jerry Jones. The radio silence from the mediation session is deafening.
More on the search for a RB
Jim Thomas from the PD has more on the Rams search for a backup running back. He also notes that Jackson has had more touches since 2005 than any other running back in the league. In addition to the players that have visited Rams Park, JT notes that they've "heavily scouted" Oklahoma State's Kendall Hunter.
The Second Shutdown 40: #60 — Drake Nevis, DT, LSU
Doug Farrar takes a closer look at LSU DT Drake Nevis. Not quite as big as Corey Liuget, he still looks like a second round steal in a three-technique defensive tackle. Strong, quick off the snap...he can also line up as a one-technique.
The Second Shutdown 40: #61 – Quan Sturdivant, LB, North Carolina
Another scouting report from Farrar, this one looking at the guy who had to try and carry the weight of the UNC defense in the wake of a couple big suspensions last year. Sturdivant has the skill set to be a three-down weakside linebacker in a 4-3 system like the Rams'. He's effective in coverage and fast enough to move plays.
Lockout, talent pool put freeze on trades
Trying to count the number of trades that'll happen next week? You shouldn't need more than one hand, according to Jason Cole who throws a bucket of cold water on the prospects of many trades happening during the draft.