Morning Ram-blings: The big boards

With the NFL scouting combine now officially a thing of the past, it's time for the many draft analysts to begin shuffling their rankings of the top players available.

Despite insistence to the contrary, the combine workouts often do have an effect on how media analysts view the draft prospects, probably more so than teams. But either way, it's another piece of the puzzle to add before coming up with a working board that will be used come draft day.

Right here at ESPN.com, our resident experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have tweaked their top player boards a bit and there are a few interesting nuggets to note if you're a fan of the St. Louis Rams.

Kiper's rankings had just one change in the top five with Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins moving up to No. 4 and Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews dropping to No. 5.

No player made a bigger jump than Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans, who moved from 15 to 6 after a strong showing in Indianapolis. It's worth noting that Evans and Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan now sit at Nos. 6 and 7 on Kiper's Big Board. While that doesn't necessarily reflect how the teams in the league view those players, it's probably best for Rams draftniks to expect both to be gone when the team comes on the clock again at No. 13.

McShay's newest list of the top players doesn't differ all that much from Kiper's. They have the same players in their top seven with just a slightly different order.

Like Kiper, McShay has Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson at No. 2. But what's more interesting is the minimal gap between No. 1 Jadeveon Clowney and Robinson at No. 2. In fact, Scouts Inc.'s list of the top players now has Robinson and Clowney with identical grades of 96 overall.

There's no doubt that any choice the Rams would make at No. 2 would be difficult but it's become increasingly clear that they really can't go wrong with any of the top players in this draft.


A roundup of Friday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we looked at Mike Sando's Insider piece on some potential draft day dilemmas that could await the Rams. ... In the afternoon, I took part in the weekly chat, answering plenty of draft and free-agency questions among other things. ... We closed the day with some thoughts on what's actually possible for the Rams to do with the 13th pick in the draft.


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