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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III - Welcome to Monday's 2012 NFL Combine edition of the St. Louis Rams "News, Nuggets and Notes at Noon," the one-stop daily destination for all major Rams headlines and related information.

Of course, all eyes are on the NFL Combine, and many of those eyes have been focused on Robert Griffin III, who performed very well at the annual event, according to this report from USA Today.

Yesterday, a report surfaced suggesting the Redskins "are prepared" to offer a bonanza of draft picks to St. Louis for the No. 2 overall draft position, as I covered here.

There are at least seven reasons why I see RGIII bringing the Rams a fortune in the 2012 NFL Draft, as you can read at this link.

Jarrett Bell of USA Today thinks the price of obtaining RGIII via a trade with St. Louis could be on the rise.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated feels the NFL draft value chart could be thrown out the window in a theoretic trade for Griffin. King offers much more on the Rams and what they could get for RGIII, including thoughts from Rams chief operating officer and vice president of football operations Kevin Demoff.
In other news, St. Louis head coach Jeff Fisher discussed offensive linemen and the 2012 NFL Draft at large, as reported here by Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

In that column, Fisher talks about how the Tennessee Titans did not select a first-round offensive lineman during his 16 years as head coach there, among other things.
In a related report, the Rams seem to be considering retaining right tackle Jason Smith, who has missed large chunks of two seasons due to severe concussions. He also has has struggled too often in pass protection.

Over the weekend, it was not just about RGIII, as surprising as that may seem to some.
The other quarterbacks worked out, as did the running backs, wide receivers, offensive linemen and tight ends. For all the measurements and workout data from the weekend and the early part of today's workouts (defensive linemen and linebackers), go here.

Some of the players who made a good impression this weekend, from Walters Football, were:

Andrew Luck of Stanford (QB), Kirk Cousins of Michigan State (QB), Michael Floyd of Notre Dame (WR), Tommy Streeter of Miami (WR), Marvin Jones of California (WR), Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech (WR), Doug Martin of Boise State (RB), Bernard Pierce of Temple (RB), Chris Polk of Washington (RB), David Wilson of Virginia Tech (RB), Michael Agnew of Mizzou (TE), Coby Fleener of Stanford (TE), James Hanna of Oklahoma (TE), Matt Kalil of USC (OL), Cordy Glenn of Georgia (OL), David DeCastro of Stanford (OL) and Kelichi Osemele of Iowa State (OL).

Today, the defensive linemen and linebackers take center stage. Of all those competing today, my eyes will focus on Zach Brown of UNC (OLB), Dontari Poe of Memphis (DT), Alameda Ta'amu of Washington (DT) and Michael Brockers of LSU (DT).
For much more on the defensive tackles, please go to this from stlouisrams.com. Nick Wagoner, the Rams senior writer, asserts that the defensive tackle position is deep this year.

Finally, look for the return of the "Weekly Weekend Question and Answer Session" this weekend. With the 2012 NFL Combine in full swing this weekend, I was unable to generate the new column.

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