Print and Go Back ESPN.com: NFC West [Print without images]

Friday, April 10, 2009
GM profiling: Devaney and the tackles (revisited)

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Draft Round Pick Devaney's Team Tackle College Conference
2003 1 26
49ers Kwame Harris Stanford
Pac-10
2007
2 39 Falcons Justin Blalock
Texas Big 12
1991
2 47 Chargers Eric Moten
Michigan St.
Big Ten
1994
2 63 Chargers
Vaughn Parker
UCLA Pac-10
2008
3 65 Rams John Greco
Toledo MAC
2000
3 83 Chargers Damion McIntosh
Kansas St.
Big 12
2006
5 139 Falcons Quinn Ojinnaka
Syracuse Big East
1992
5 140 Chargers Eric Jonassen
Bloomsburg [Division II]
1991
6 150 Chargers Jimmy Laister
Oregon T
ech
[NAIA]
1995
6 200 Chargers
Tony Berti
Colorado
Big 12

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

An invigorating (by my standards) conversation with Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. provided grounds to revisit recent items profiling NFC West general managers' draft tendencies. Steve and I started with Rams GM Billy Devaney and the offensive tackles his teams have drafted since he broke into the NFL with the Chargers in 1990.

The previous item featured the above chart and some initial thoughts. This followup item will combine what I know about the Rams with what Muench knows about the college prospects. I watched every game involving an NFC West team last season, charting thousands of plays along the way. Muench watched -- and he continues to watch -- the college propsects. The hope here is to combine what we know to better analyze how NFC West teams could and should proceed in the 2009 draft.

Steve and I thought the Rams, draft board permitting, might be wise to target offensive tackle in the first round, receiver in the second round and defensive tackle in the third round. We agreed that they would have to consider Matthew Stafford if available at No. 2, but that tackle would be the safer and more practical choice.

I'll share some thoughts from Steve, jotted down during the course of our conversation:

The names we considered for the Rams at No. 2 included no surprises. That wasn't always the case when we discussed other NFC West teams' general managers and the options they face in the first round and beyond. I'll dive into some of those over the weekend.