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Rams could go early and often on wideouts
Posted Apr. 24 at 05:27 AM
Over the last two seasons the Rams have had eight different wideouts catch at least 23 passes. Not one of those players, however, has put up even 700 receiving yards, and only one wideout in the last two seasons (Brandon Lloyd, now in New England) has caught more than 3 TDs.
It's fair to say, then, that no team needs difference-making wideouts more than the Rams do. So it's not surprising that last weekend they held private workouts for three of the draft's top wideouts: Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd and Kendall Wright.. Three days from now, one of those players (if not two) should be holding up a Rams jersey.
St. Louis currently has five wideouts on its roster: Steve Smith (who barely played in Philadelphia last season), Brandon Gibson (another former Eagles), Danario Alexander (talented but probably fairly described as "between surgeries"), Austin Pettis (suspended to finish 2011 and start 2012) and Greg Salas. Danny Amendola is a restricted free agent who will also return, although it's clear St. Louis didn't much care if he departed. It's an unappealing group that needs players at the top and the middle if it's to help Sam Bradford emerge.
As we noted over the weekend, Blackmon makes a lot of sense for the Rams at pick No. 6. But with picks at 33 and 39, and an apparent desire to trade down and accumulate even more picks, St. Louis could look wideout with another early pick, as well.
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