Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Busy with Prospect Visits

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Busy with Prospect Visits

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With Sunday marking the last day NFL teams can bring in prospects for the so-called "top 30" visits, the Rams' guest list has been heavy on offensive linemen (six), defensive tackles (six), wide receivers (four), and cornerbacks (four).

The Post-Dispatch has confirmed through a variety of sources 24 visits. The Rams usually use all of their allotment of 30 visits, so that means six names remain mysteries. One can assume at least a couple of those six are safeties one of the team's top areas of need because there is not one safety listed among the 24.

Sources familiar with Louisville safety Calvin Pryor and Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward said recently that neither player had a visit scheduled to Rams Park. And it's simply not known if Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has made a visit here perhaps he's one of the mystery six.

In contrast, the Rams have had what are generally regarded as the top four cornerbacks at Rams Park for visits over the last several weeks: Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State, Darqueze Dennard of Michigan State, Kyle Fuller of Virginia Tech, and Jason Verrett of TCU.

Both of the top wide receiver prospects have visited: Clemson's Sammy Watkins and Texas A&M's Mike Evans. And two of the top three offensive tackle prospects have been in: Auburn's Greg Robinson and Michigan's Taylor Lewan.

It appears that offensive tackle Jake Matthews of Texas A&M has not visited. A team source said recently that because the Rams know Matthews well and because he has no off-field or injury issues, the team might not bring him in. Instead his spot might have been used for a lesser-known prospect.

Perhaps for similar reasons a scheduled visit with Notre Dame's Zack Martin was canceled. Martin, who can play tackle and guard, is considered the fourth-best offensive lineman and a probable top 20 pick.

In defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina, outside linebacker Khalil Mack of Buffalo, and defensive end Kony Ealy of Missouri, the Rams have brought in three of the top four edge- rushers. …

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