Thursday, February 20, 2014
Setting the table for combine's first day
By Nick Wagoner
INDIANAPOLIS -- Good morning from dreary Indianapolis where the NFL scouting combine is about to begin.
Thursday figures to be a busy day for those interested in the St. Louis Rams and their potential draft prospects. Rams general manager Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher won't take their turn on the podium until Friday but today is a big day in terms of media availability at some key positions of need.
On the schedule for today are kickers, punters, tight ends and, most importantly, offensive linemen.
It's no secret that the Rams have much to consider when it comes to the offensive line considering there's a real possibility they'll have five new starters on opening day 2014 from last year. Guards Rodger Saffold and Chris Williams are unrestricted free agents, guard Harvey Dahl and center Scott Wells are potential cap casualties and incumbent left tackle Jake Long is recovering from a knee injury.
The Rams would like to retain Saffold but that figures to be a difficult proposition. If they can't find reinforcements via free agency, this draft appears to be flush with talented prospects, at least in terms of tackles.
Players we'll have an eye on today include tackles such as Auburn's Greg Robinson, Texas A&M's Jake Matthews, Michigan's Taylor Lewan and Notre Dame's Zack Martin. At guard, some names to know are UCLA's Xavier Sua-Filo, Stanford's David Yankey and Mississippi State's Gabe Jackson.
The offensive linemen are scheduled to go through their workouts Friday.
Of interest within the NFC West division, Seattle general manager John Schneider, Arizona general manager Steve Keim and San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh are set to speak to the assembled media today.