Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Notes: O-Line Options Dwindle Fast

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Notes: O-Line Options Dwindle Fast

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As the Rams prepare for Day 2 of the 2015 draft, they still have options on the offensive line. But plenty of those options also went bye-bye in Round 1.

A total of seven offensive linemen were taken in the first round: Iowa's Brandon Scherff, Miami (Fla.)'s Erick Flowers, Stanford's Andrus Peat, Florida State's Cameron Erving, Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi, Florida's D.J. Humphries and Duke's Laken Tomlinson.

Flowers, Peat, Erving, Humphries and Tomlinson all made pre- draft visits to Rams Park, and the Rams really liked Tomlinson, a guard who went to Detroit at No. 28 overall. Scherff didn't make a visit, but was the Rams' top-rated offensive lineman.

There are, however, some options remaining when the Rams pick next at No. 41 overall with the ninth pick in the second round Friday. The best tackle prospects remaining are Pittsburgh's T.J. Clemmings, Oregon's Jake Fisher, Penn State's Donovan Smith, Wisconsin's Rob Havenstein and Arizona State's Jamil Douglas.

(Some consider Smith and Douglas guard prospects in the pros.)

Clemmings and Douglas paid pre-draft visits to Rams Park, and the Rams reportedly had a private workout with Havenstein. Clemmings' stock has dropped, apparently because of a foot issue.

Even with Tomlinson off the board, there are more options remaining at guard, including South Carolina's A.J. Cann, Hobart's Ali Marpet, Florida State's Tre Jackson, Alabama's Arie Kouandjio, and Louisville's Jamon Brown.

Cann, Marpet, Jackson and Brown all paid pre-draft visits to Earth City.

And yes, LSU guard/tackle La'el Collins is still available. Collins was generally considered among the top four offensive line prospects in this year's draft and a sure first-rounder.

But Baton Rouge, La., police want to question Collins after his ex-girlfriend was murdered, although Collins is not considered a suspect. According to reports, he hasn't seen her since September. But Collins may be asked to take a paternity test because the ex- girlfriend, Brittany Mills, was pregnant at the time she was murdered and the baby survived.

With teams backing off Collins just hours before the draft, his agent petitioned the league to take Collins out of the draft, let him clear his name and then enter the supplemental draft this summer. …

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