The St. Louis Rams are looking closely at offensive linemen in the 2012 NFL Draft. Another name on the list of prospects the team has spent time with this spring, Georgia center Ben Jones. Scout.com reports that the Rams were one of eight teams, eight known teams, that have had visits or workouts with Jones.
Jones is considered the second-best center in the draft, after Wisconsin's Peter Konz. Some have him as a third-round pick. The Bulldogs pivot measures 6'3" 303 lbs and did 29 reps on the bench. He was a four-year starter.
St. Louis signed free agent Scott Wells in March, one of the team's more notable free agent moves. Whether the Rams draft Jones or not, having young talent along the offensive line is a desirable move. Jones could contend for the left guard job, which is still open, and be a ready replacement should the 31-year old Wells not be able to get on the field.
The Rams have spent big on the line in the past, but failed to add any young depth capable of stepping into a starting role, instead depending on career backups. It created problems as injuries hit more than one position.
Missouri center Tim Barnes was added to the practice squad last season as a rookie. He is a player that many experts felt had some upside as a prospect. He should get the opportunity to make a case for a keeping a roster spot in camp.