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Random Ramsdom 2/28: St. Louis Rams News, the NFL Salary Cap, & the 2014 Draft

The NFL’s Salary Cap continues to grow, the playoffs could be expanding, and the St. Louis Rams have two picks in the first round of the upcoming draft. What more could you want?

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Salary Cap Could Jump Nearly $10mil in 2014:

NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Thursday the cap is expected to be set at $133 million, according to union and team sources. The official number could come as soon as Friday, according to Breer.

The Raiders as Potential Draft Day Trade Partners: ESPN NFL Nation

We're still months away from May's NFL draft, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start looking at the many possible permutations of how things could shake out.

Playoff Expansion Could Happen As Soon As 2015:  CBS Sports

One person "familiar with the deliberations" on playoff expansion told Mark Maske of theWashington Post there's a "lot of momentum" to make a move to 14 teams instead of 12.

Daniel Jeremiah’s Mock Draft, 3.0:

After a while, you think you’ve seen ‘em all.  And while the No. 2 pick has been seemingly narrowed down to Jadeveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins, or Greg Robinson, there’s a little more wiggle room at 13.  For the first time - with my eyeballs - with the 13th overall pick, the Rams select…

The Rams’ Top 30 "Big Board":  Ramblin’ Fan

The NFL Scouting Combine is over and teams will begin putting together what most likely will be their big board going into the draft. There will be minor changes with pro days and free agency, but for the most part they will stay the same.

The Rams May Not Be the Only Team Looking to Relocate:  Pro Football Talk

Like the Rams, the Raiders will be free agents after the 2014 season. Like the Rams, the Raiders used to be in Los Angeles.  [Mark] Davis has yet to mention that. But he doesn’t really need to.

Gauging Value of Rodger Saffold:  ESPN NFL Nation

Saffold is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins on March 11, and Rams general manager Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher have already made it clear that retaining Saffold is a priority. What's also become apparent in the past week or so is that Saffold figures to have quite a list of suitors if the Rams can't get him re-signed before free agency begins.

NFL Combine Provides New Targets For Rams: Rant Sports

More of those components infused with some new talent would go a long way toward helping the Rams be competitive next season. Here are a couple players they'll consider to include as their "new talent"

Five NFL Linebackers on the Rise in 2014:  Football Nation

This previous NFL season was a great year for a number of linebackers that wanted to take that next step in proving their worthiness as viable long term options for their franchises, including some rookies. Whether it is Kiko Alonso (Defensive Rookie of the Year) of the Buffalo Bills or Junior Galette, the 4th year man from New Orleans, many of these young talents still have something to prove. Here are five linebackers on the rise in 2014.

NFL Combine Performances - Defensive Backs:  National Football Post

Defensive backs wrapped up the Combine on Tuesday. This article reviews the performance of the participating defensive backs. The Rams could use some help at CB and FS in the early rounds of May’s NFL Draft

A 7-Round Mock Draft For the St. Louis Rams:  Rant Sports

Another first at 13.  This one is…interesting.  Your thoughts?

Gregg Williams Could Change Rams’ Draft Needs:  Ramblin’ Fan

As the NFL Draft looms in the distance, teams are currently taking stock of their current players and evaluating rookies who could serve as possible upgrades. The latest edition to the St. Louis Rams, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, could change how the team approaches the draft.