Good Friday Rams Nation. The 2013 NFL offseason continues on with the last of the regional combines. March 2-3 will see scouts headed to New York and the Jet's training facility. March 9th the weary talent evaluators will fly down south to Tampa Bay, before finally wrapping up scouting in Chicago Illinois at Halas Hall. While there may not be many big names coming from the regional combines, there are a few lumps of coal that could turn into diamonds. In 2012, 25% of regional combine participants earned an NFL contract.
"The event [NFL Regional Combines] made me more aware of the competitive nature of getting into the league. It lit a fire under me and motivated me to work harder and improve." - Johnny Hekker, St. Louis Rams P and 2012 Regional and Super Regional Combine Participant"
"If it [playing in the NFL] is a big dream of yours, it’d be a good thing. You have to keep trying to pursue your dreams." - Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams K and 2012 Super Regional Combine Participant
If you've been under a rock for a while, you may not know Alex Smith is heading to the Kansas City Chiefs.
In my ever so humble opinion, this move just takes away a very solid backup from San Francisco. Yes, they have bumped their draft pic total to 15 picks. Yes, I am a little scared of what they can do with those pics via trades and the draft. But in the end, there is no one sitting behind Colin Kaepernick who can lead the 49ers to wins. Scott Tolzien is currently the #2 behind Colin. The 49ers have to use a later round pick on a QB, or go after a solid backup in free agency.
Relive the most competitive season in St. Louis since Marc Bulger was throwing passes to Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt. Great job on this by the guys at stlouisrams.com.
Yesterday TurfShowTimes' very own D.Hawkins made the case for Tavon Austin, and a very good one I might add. While I'm not convinced this is the route the Rams may take, I would love to see Austin in the Blue and Gold.
This Tavon Austin GIF is required viewing for Rams fans thinking about the NFL Draft cdn2.sbnation.com/imported_asset…
— TurfShowTimes (@TurfShowTimes) February 28, 2013
Keeping with the Twitter vibe:
Welker's durability is special though. Look at how banged up Danny Amendola has been trying to do a similar role.
— Scott Kacsmar (@CaptainComeback) March 1, 2013
I am thoroughly convinced that Danny Amendola will be back with the Rams in 2013. As the Captain so eloquently put it above, the comparisons to Welker are misleading. Danny will not get the money he wants elsewhere simply because of his durability. If he leaves is will be more for a chance to get to the Super Bowl than for a hefty pay day that the Rams won't at least try to match.
While I am not one to get my sports news from Yahoo!,I must admit I have been waiting for this little nugget to come out. The TPS series continues with a chunk of Ram gold.
I'll Have the Estonian Please
While the Rams seem to be set for the future at defensive end, I can't help but think of two things when I look at Margus Hunt; depth and development. The guy has blocked 10 field goal and 7 PAT attempts! His combine numbers are crazy, and he is a hungry player. There is talk of Hunt going in the late 2nd to 3rd round. Teams may be hesitant to take him due to his age. He will be 26 heading into the 2013 NFL draft. If the Rams want him, they can get him.
What's better than the Matrix spliced with RATM? Nothing.
Have a great weekend, and GO RAMS!