Rams' meeting with Sanchez could pay off later

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

DANA POINT, Calif. -- The Rams used their trip to Southern California for the NFL owners' meeting as an opportunity to meet with USC quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the details. No one expects the Rams to draft a quarterback, but this was essentially a freebie meeting. Had the Rams brought Sanchez to their facility, the meeting would have counted against their 30-visit limit.

Why would the Rams care about Sanchez if they were, say, 104 percent sure they wouldn't take a quarterback with the second overall choice? It's more than just a case of the team covering all angles in preparing for the draft.

Sanchez could conceivably factor into the Rams' plans years from now as a free agent or as a player the team might consider acquiring via trade. Meeting with him on his home turf -- Sanchez lives near where league executives are meeting -- would give the Rams a feel for him personally.

It's probably a long shot, but the visit cost the Rams nothing.