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Combine Kicks Off Thursday

Posted by nickwagoner on February 21, 2013 – 1:54 PM

INDIANAPOLIS -

- Greetings from Lucas Oil Stadium, where the NFL Scouting Combine is getting underway today.

- It figures to be a busy day here as one of the Rams’ top needs, the offensive line, comes through the media room today after going through their medical evaluations. The Rams have needs at left guard and right tackle but could be open to just about anyone that could bolster the talent and depth on the line.

- Hot topics for today that will be covered: What is the value of an offensive guard? There’s a thought process that Alabama’s Chance Warmack and North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper are both top 10 caliber talents. The question is whether those guys will be drafted that high. Many think that guards can be had later in the draft and developed but if it’s a special talent, does that thought process change? We’ll investigate that and talk to Cooper and Warmack about why they think they should go a bit higher.

- At offensive tackle, the Rams are likely out of range for the top two players: Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel and Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher. In addition, we covered Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson at the Senior Bowl. We’ll cover those guys today with their comments after they take their time on the dais but more realistically, we’ll take a look at the next group of tackles, guys that could be available for the Rams. That includes Alabama’s D.J. Fluker and Florida State’s Menelik Watson. Some interesting stories there and we’ll get into that today as well.

- The tight ends will also be coming through the media room and we’ll catch up with a number of them including Stanford’s Zach Ertz, Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert and San Diego State’s Gavin Escobar.

- Here’s a preliminary list of guys we hope to have interview tidbits from: Joeckel, Fisher, Johnson, Fluker, Watson, Warmack, Cooper, Kentucky’s Larry Warford, Alabama’s Barrett Jones, Oregon’s Kyle Long, Wisconsin’s Travis Fredericks, Ertz, Eifert and Escobar.

- Be sure to let us know if there are others you’d like us to catch up with.

- Workouts start officially tomorrow. Stay tuned throughout the day for much, much more.


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