Monday, February 25, 2013
First-round OL for St. Louis?
By Tim Kavanagh
As a result of the St. Louis Rams' trade that sent the No. 2 overall pick to the Washington Redskins last offseason, they've got an extra first-rounder in this year's selection process. And despite the history of what their head coach has done during his NFL career, there's a chance that they'll be using one of those picks to bolster an offensive line in need of some help.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that never in Jeff Fisher's 16 seasons as coach of the Oilers-Titans franchise did he select an offensive lineman with the club's first-round pick. But looking ahead to April's event, he's not ruling it out.
"Yeah. I'd draft just about any position in the first round, except maybe a kicker or punter," Fisher quipped. "We don't need those."
Specifically, Thomas notes that the Rams are in need at LG and RT, and a couple prospects at the latter position are Oklahoma's Lane Johnson and Alabama's D.J. Fluker. The Rams have the No. 16 and No. 22 pick in the first round, and there's a very real chance that we could hear an O-lineman's name in one of those spots, whether it's one of those two or someone else.