– Things are starting to heat up at Rams Park as the next few weeks figure to be very busy. Pre draft visits began on Monday and continue through the next two weeks, Coach Jeff Fisher announced his complete coaching staff on Tuesday, the Rams have a veteran minicamp next week and they are still kicking the tires on some free agents. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s going on.
– The Rams are allowed to bring in 30 prospects for pre-draft visits and began that process Monday. Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon and Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox were among the first visitors. The Rams are bringing in many of the “big” names over the next seven days or so, a group that is expected to include Alabama RB Trent Richardson, North Carolina DT Quinton Coples, Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd, Memphis DT Dontari Poe, LSU CB Morris Claiborne, LSU WR Rueben Randle and LSU DT Michael Brockers, among many more.
– Fisher’s final coaching hire was Paul Boudreau Jr., who will be the assistant special teams coach charged with helping out coordinator John Fassel.
– Of the 20 coaches Fisher brought in, there is plenty of experience but a lot of youngsters looking to learn as well. And, there’s a decided family feel to it all.
– Fisher’s son Brandon is the assistant secondary coach, Gregg Williams’ son Blake is the linebackers coach and Boudreau Jr. is the son of offensive line coach Paul Boudreau Sr.
– In addition, John Fassel is the son of former Giants coach Jim Fassel.
– The Rams are now more than a week into the offseason conditioning program and have also begun draft meetings with all of the scouts, personnel people and coaches. They will have a “voluntary” veteran mini camp on April 17 and 18.
– As for free agency, expect to hear something on the future of WR Jerome Simpson, who visited the Rams, in the next day or two. The Rams also still have some feelers out on other free agents but the attention has mostly turned to the draft.
– Stay tuned for more as we go along and be sure to check out our draft positional previews in the centerpiece of the homepage.
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