Morning Ram-blings: Watkins rising?

February, 17, 2014
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Of the many 2014 NFL mock drafts out there to peruse, the vast majority of them have the St. Louis Rams using the No. 2 pick on an offensive lineman with the built in caveat that they'd likely prefer to trade down before making any selections.

That's certainly a reasonable position to take given what will likely be a big need all across the line and Rams general manager Les Snead's preference for making moves all over the board.

However, one popular notion amongst the Rams faithful is to add Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins as the crown jewel of the team's young receiving corps. It's an idea that I made the case for way back in January after Snead said he didn't believe the Rams "needed" a No. 1 type wide receiver. Of course, need and want are two different things.

Anyway, it seems the idea of a marriage of the Rams and Watkins is gaining some steam, at least in media circles (which admittedly doesn't mean much). Over at NFL.com, analyst Bucky Brooks put together his list of the teams that would be the best fit for Watkins. At the top of the list? You guessed it, the Rams.

Brooks makes the simple argument that the Rams need to score more points to keep up in the NFC West division. For those following along here, that's a notion I would co-sign. Even coach Jeff Fisher acknowledged as much in his postseason news conference.

Other pieces of information and connections between the Rams and Watkins have also been floating around in cyberspace. Over at Bleacher Report, draft analyst Matt Miller recently cited sources close to the Rams who mentioned that the Rams have been doing diligence on Watkins recently.

Watkins himself even got into the act last week when he posted a fan drawing of him in a Rams uniform on his Instagram account.

There's a long way to go between now and May's draft but if Watkins has a big week in Indianapolis at the scouting combine, don't be surprised if the speculation pairing Watkins and the Rams continues to grow.

I.C.Y.M.I.

A roundup of the weekend's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In Saturday's Ram-blings, we investigated the idea that the Rams are one of the best positioned teams in the league heading into the offseason. ... Next, we reviewed the film from this week's chat as we covered a variety of Rams-related topics in the two-hour session. ... We capped off the weekend with this week's edition of vetting potential draft trade partners with a look at the Minnesota Vikings.

Elsewhere:

Building on the lede of these Ram-blings, stltoday.com columnist Bernie Miklasz posits the Rams must score more to have success in 2014.

Jim Thomas writes that the addition of Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator finally allows Fisher to get the band back together.

At 101sports.com, Randy Karraker digs in deeper on the rules for relocation.

Also at 101sports, Brooks discussed the No. 2 choice for the Rams with "The Fast Lane."

Nick Wagoner

ESPN St. Louis Rams reporter

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