Morning Ram-blings: A combine's worth

INDIANAPOLIS -- Depending on who you ask, the value of the NFL scouting combine varies wildly. Some scoff at the notion that the combine makes much difference in shaping a prospect's draft status. Others believe it plays a big role.

As with most things, the truth is somewhere in the middle.

Over at Grantland, Bill Barnwell put some context behind how the combine is viewed, what can be gained here and what role it can ultimately play in how the draft goes.


A roundup of Saturday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... The Ram-blings began the day with a look at the best possible fits for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in the NFL. ... Then we set up Saturday's activities with our daily preview. ... Next, we offered some thoughts from Rams coach Jeff Fisher on the recent land purchase in Los Angeles by owner Stan Kroenke. ... Cornerback Cortland Finnegan has been long thought as a potential cap casualty but Fisher indicated that Finnegan is expected at the team's offseason program. ... From there, we dived into why Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson is a logical candidate to be the Rams' No. 2 overall pick in May. ... Finally, we looked at the difficult decision the Rams could face if South Carolina end Jadeveon Clowney is available to the Rams at No. 2.


At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas writes about the ongoing efforts of the Rams to squash persistent rumors about the future of quarterback Sam Bradford.

Thomas also offered some quick hits from Manziel.

At Sports on Earth, Russ Lande (a former Rams scout) offered his take on what the Rams should do this offseason.

CBSSports.com compares and contrasts offensive tackles Robinson and Jake Matthews.

Pete Prisco interviewed Rams general manager Les Snead.