clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Random Ramsdom: February 16: St. Louis Rams - Combine Eve

The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine begins tomorrow in Indianapolis. For draft prospects, the Combine is an important step in the evaluation process leading up to the NFL Draft in April. For the Rams, they'll be determining which prospects could be wearing the horns in September.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Twitter Talk

Chris Long shared his thoughts this past week on stats and analytics:

Was there ever any real doubt?:

They can phrase it any way they like. When all is said and done, the Rams need to have a quality veteran backup, and at some point in the next couple of drafts find an outstanding developmental prospect:

Can Cignetti make a difference for the Rams?: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bernie Miklasz is curious to see what Frank Cignetti can do...and what he'll be allowed to do under a "Born to Run" head coach.

Could Kroenke sell Rams, buy and move Raiders?: Pro Football Talk

There are some crazy scenarios being put out there regarding a team in L.A. in the near future. This is one of the crazier scenarios.

Fisher, Cignetti support Bradford: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On Friday, the Rams conducted an introductory press conference for new OC Frank Cignetti. Both Cignetti and Coach Fisher showed strong support for QB Sam Bradford.

Sizing up the top free agents for 2015: ESPN

Kevin Seifert takes a look at the very strong 2015 free agent class. My top FA targets are all interior offensive linemen: Mike Iupati, Orlando Franklin, Stefen Wisniewski, Clint Boling and Rodney Hudson.

Chris Long has entered the fray regarding the "analytics" debate: Cover 32 Rams

For those who aren't fond of individual statistics, PFF grades and the like, you've found yourself an ally in Rams DE Chris Long.

Draft Prospect Highlight Reel: C/T - Cameron Erving - Florida State

Fisher and Cignetti Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website

Jeff Fisher introduced new OC Frank Cignetti in last Friday's press conference.

Big free agent spending rarely yields more wins: ESPN NFL Nation

A cautionary tale about the pratfalls of spending huge amounts of money in the Free Agent market, which opens with the new league year on March 10.

NFL Bold Predictions: What To Expect In The 2015 Season: NFL Mocks

The St. Louis Rams win the NFC West. Bold prediction indeed.

Offseason to-do list: NBC Sports

Mike Florio presents his 5-point plan and discusses what the Rams need to do in the offseason to improve their record in 2015.

Stat Facts Of The Week: Total Turnovers

Rank Team FUM Int TTO
1 New England 4 9 13
1 Green Bay 7 6 13
3 Seattle 7 7 14
4 Kansas City 11 6 17
4 Arizona 5 12 17
6 Minnesota 2 18 20
6 Detroit 8 12 20
6 Baltimore 8 12 20
6 Denver 5 15 20
10 Pittsburgh 11 10 21
11 Houston 9 13 22
11 San Francisco 12 10 22
13 Miami 11 12 23
13 San Diego 5 18 23
13 Atlanta 8 15 23
13 Carolina 11 12 23
13 Buffalo 10 13 23
13 Cleveland 7 16 23
19 N.Y. Jets 9 15 24
20 Dallas 14 11 25
21 Jacksonville 8 18 26
21 Cincinnati 9 17 26
21 Chicago 10 16 26
21 Tennessee 10 16 26
25 St. Louis 11 16 27
26 N.Y. Giants 14 14 28
27 New Orleans 12 17 29
27 Oakland 13 16 29
29 Indianapolis 15 16 31
29 Washington 13 18 31
31 Tampa Bay 13 20 33
32 Philadelphia 16 21 37

Rams mailbag: Offensive line solutions: ESPN NFL Nation

Nick Wagoner responds to queries from Twitter in his weekly mailbag.

Cap Casualties: Sports Illustrated

Sam Bradford and Jake Long make the list of possible big-name salary cap casualties. Bradford won't be a salary cap casualty. Jake Long? Likely, unless he takes a pay cut to move to RT or LG.

5 Opponents The Rams Need To Beat In 2015: Rant Sports NFL

The Ravens, Steelers, Packers, Cardinals and Seahawks are the 5 teams the Rams need to defeat in 2015. That's a pretty tall order to fill. Beating all 5 may mean the difference between 11-5 and 8-8.

2015 NFL Free Agency: Five under-the-radar free agents to watch: CBS Sports

RT Joe Barksdale is eligible for Free Agency and makes Pete Prisco's list. On the flip side, C Rodney Hudson should be on the Rams' radar when Free Agency opens on March 10.

Rodger Saffold talks about why the Rams can succeed with a healthy Sam Bradford: 101 Sports

Little doubt of Rams' plan for Sam Bradford: ESPN NFL Nation

"Jeff Fisher offered a further affirmation of some other news: That the Rams have every intention of bringing quarterback Sam Bradford back in 2015. And, so long as Bradford is healthy, he'll almost certainly be the starter."

Is it possible for Sam Bradford to come back?: Ramblin' Fan

Can Bradford overcome the physical and mental hurdles that come with tearing the same ACL twice? The Rams are counting on him to do just that.

2015 NFL Scouting Combine:

Follow all the Combine action, results and commentary, for what's shaping up as an exciting week for both draft prospects and football fans.

Sig Stats: YPCS, Cornerbacks: Pro Football Focus

Yards Per Cover Snap. E.J. Gaines merits special consideration throughout the article, and ranks as one of the top 15 CB's in the league.

On This Day In Sports History

1900 - The Montreal Shamrocks defeat the Winnipeg Victorias 3 games to one, winning the Stanley Cup.

1992 - The Los Angeles Lakers retire Magic Johnson's uniform #32.

Nine questions teams are asking heading into the combine: CBS Sports

Pat Kirwan takes us through some of the questions teams will be attempting to answer during Combine week.

Should the Rams consider a QB during free agency?: Cover 32 Rams

Of course they should. One little problem. It's an incredibly weak Free Agent class for QB's.

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Walter Football

Walter updates his 4 round mock draft. The Rams select OT Andrus Peat in the first round, followed by WR Dorial Green-Beckham and C Hroniss Grasu.

It's a thin crop of available free agent QB's: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Finding a top-flight backup QB for Sam Bradford is going to be quite the challenge. Not much to choose from, let alone attempt to sign.

A look back at the 2012 NFL Draft: National Football Post

The 2012 NFL draft's first round is shaping up to be one of the poorest in recent memory. Fortunately for the Rams, they managed to get it right, selecting Michael Brockers 14th overall.

It's no fantasy for STL, LA to both win: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"If Peacock and Blitz get this done and turn a stadium plan into a reality — after being pushed to do so by the NFL’s second-most powerful executive — then how could the league abandon St. Louis?"

NFL Draft analyst Russ Lande talks Rams' draft: 101 ESPN

Is Brett Hundley a draft option for the Rams?: 101 Sports ESPN

St. Louis Rams' Eligible Free Agents

Position Player FA Status
C Tim Barnes RFA
G Davin Joseph UFA
RT Joe Barksdale UFA
OL Brandon Washington ERFA
OL Mike Person UFA
WR Kenny Britt UFA
TE Lance Kendricks UFA
TE Cory Harkey ERFA
RB Chase Reynolds ERFA
QB Shaun Hill UFA
QB Austin Davis RFA
LB Will Herring UFA
DT Alex Carrington UFA
S Rodney McLeod RFA

St. Louis Rams Current Roster And Depth Chart

C Scott Wells Barrett Jones Tim Barnes Demetrius Rhaney
RG Davin Joseph Brandon Washington
LG Rodger Saffold Travis Bond
RT Joe Barksdale Mike Person Steven Baker
LT Greg Robinson Jake Long
TE Lance Kendricks Cory Harkey Justice Cunningham Brad Smelley
TE Jared Cook Alex Bayer Mason Brodine
WR Kenny Britt Brian Quick Chris Givens Damian Williams
WR Tavon Austin Stedman Bailey Emory Blake Devon Wylie
RB Tre Mason Chase Reynolds Trey Watts
RB Benny Cunningham Zac Stacy Isaiah Pead
QB Sam Bradford Shaun Hill Austin Davis
PK Greg Zuerlein
P John Hekker Michael Palardy
LS Jake McQuaide
DT Aaron Donald Kendall Langford Doug Worthington
DT Michael Brockers Alex Carrington
DE Chris Long William Hayes
DE Robert Quinn Eugene Sims Ethan Westbrooks
MLB James Laurinaitis Daren Bates Marshall McFadden
OLB Alec Ogletree Korey Toomer
OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar Will Herring
CB Janoris Jenkins Marcus Roberson Brandon McGee
CB Trumaine Johnson E.J. Gaines Lamarcus Joyner
SS T.J. McDonald Mark Barron Maurice Alexander
FS Rodney McLeod Cody Davis Christian Bryant

Blast From The Past: Classic Rock Monday: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication

Please have a great Monday and a Ramtastic week!! Thanks for reading!