It’s entirely possible that a future Los Angeles Rams player is taking the field for the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Saturday. As is customary, NFL teams send their staff to scout players, and the Los Angeles Rams have apparently been very busy.
#SeniorBowl: #Rams pounded the formal interview process with prospects this week. 8-10 personnel/coaching staffers in interviews, to the point there weren’t enough chairs at times. Long interviews, too. No other #NFL team staffed the interviews that intensely.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) January 25, 2018
A little bit of internet and twitter scouring provided a short list of specific names that Rams’ fans might want to keep an eye on today. This list obviously doesn’t comprise ALL of the players the Rams have met with this week — just the ones I was able to find.
It’s also important to keep in mind that many of these prospects aren’t Day 1 draft players. So try not to read too much into the positions as they pertain to the Rams “needs.” Without further ado:
- Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
- Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa
- Tyler Conklin, TE, CMU
- Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame
- Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana
- Sean Welsh, OG, Oregon
- Trayvon Henderson, S, Hawaii
One thing that is worth noting is that the Rams - more notably under Sean McVay - take this game, and these meetings, seriously. The Rams drafted eight players in the 2017 NFL Draft...six of them (Gerald Everett, Cooper Kupp, John Johnson III, Josh Reynolds, Sam Rogers, and Tanzel Smart) played in the Senior Bowl.
I suppose the other noteworthy thing, which you might’ve already identified, is that they’re clearly speaking to a lot of tight ends. Derek Carrier, who McVay brought with him from Washington, is a free agent, and Temarrick Hemingway spent 2017 on IR after suffering a fractured fibula in the Rams’ third preseason game. Were personnel sent their specifically to seek out their potential replacements?
We’ll find out in a few months. But it sounds like McVay’s crew is doing their due diligence early in the offseason. And we saw how well that worked last year.