Morning Ram-blings: Checking big boards

With free agency in full swing and so much going on, I didn't get a chance to offer a quick look at the updated draft prospect rankings from Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay last week. Let's take care of that now.

Both Kiper and McShay have mostly stuck to their boards with only small tweaks here and there. The complete rankings are available on ESPN Insider but a peek at the top five continues to show that the quarterback class this season just doesn't have the appeal of recent classes.

In Kiper's updated rankingsInsider, he has South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Auburn tackle Greg Robinson, Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack, Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins and Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews as the top five.

Believe it or not, Kiper and McShay agree.

In McShay's updated rankingsInsider, he has a familiar five with Clowney, Robinson, Mack, Watkins and Matthews at the top and no quarterback until Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater at No. 8.

There's a long way to go between now and the draft but it's fair to wonder if the lack of love for quarterbacks will make it difficult for the Rams to trade down if that's the way they choose to go. However, maybe one of the above players can draw a lot of attention as Clowney is expected to. Whether the Rams stay at No. 2 or move down, they probably can't go wrong if they can find a way to land one of those top five players, especially one of the tackles or Watkins.


A roundup of the weekend's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In Saturday's Ram-blings, we previewed the potential for the Rams to get $3 million in additional salary-cap space after cornerback Cortland Finnegan signed with the Miami Dolphins. ... Next, we took a look at the film of our weekly chat, a long session that covered plenty of topics. ... Finally, we provided an update of all that's happened so far in free agency for the Rams in terms of comings and goings.


Colleague James Walker, who covers the Miami Dolphins, gave his instant reaction to Finnegan going to Miami.

After catching up with Finnegan, Walker posted even more reaction to the move.

Walker also has the news on the Dolphins' addition of guard Shelley Smith.

Bills reporter Mike Rodak gives us the details of Chris Williams' contract with Buffalo.

At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas catches up with quarterback Kellen Clemens on his way out of town to San Diego.

Columnist Joe Strauss offers his lessons worth learning from the Rodger Saffold saga.

Messed up the link on this one on Saturday so posting again but thoughts from Strauss on now being the time for Rams to take the next step.