The workout portion of the NFL scouting combine begins on Feb. 22 with the entire football world closely watching every prospect's every move. With that in mind, we're counting down the top five things the Rams and their fans should be watching as the NFL converges on Indianapolis.
St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead has said on multiple occasions that his team can compete and win in the division with its current crop of wide receivers. He's even gone so far as saying "no" when asked if his team needs a No. 1 wide receiver to bolster its young corps.
But Snead has never said he doesn't want one. In fact, coach Jeff Fisher has mentioned the need to score more points to keep up in the NFC West division. Even if some of the Rams young receivers continue to develop, it wouldn't hurt to add more weapons to the arsenal.
As it stands, there's one receiver in this year's draft who looks like he could fit the bill. But questions remain as to whether or not that player truly is a No. 1 type wideout or simply the best in this year's bunch. Which brings us to the Rams' pressing combine question No. 2: Can Clemson's Sammy Watkins do enough to solidify himself as a No. 1-type receiver and potential top five pick?
There seems to be almost no dissenting opinion among media draft analysts that Watkins is the best wide receiver in this year's class. There is, however, some debate as to whether he's on the level of an A.J. Green or Julio Jones as a future top wideout or best in class like a Justin Blackmon.
From a Rams' perspective, Watkins would be hard to pass up if he's closer to the former than the latter. Watkins' college film, especially his 2013 and freshmen seasons would indicate he's got the ability to be a team's primary option. But questions remain.
Watkins can answer some of those questions in Indianapolis, both during the physical workouts, in team interviews and measurements.
One of the most common knocks on Watkins is that he doesn't have the size to win contested catches consistently like Green or Jones. He's listed at 6-feet, 205 pounds. College measurements can sometimes be misleading so it will be important for Watkins' height to be accurate. If he comes in with anything that doesn't start with a 6, it could hamper how teams view him.
Likewise, Watkins' time in the 40-yard dash and other speed and agility drills should be of interest. Watkins believes he can run in the 4.3s but many expect him to be more in the mid 4.4s and acknowledge that his play speed is probably greater than his testing speed. Either way, if Watkins can find a way to slide in under the 4.4 mark, it would do nothing but help his solidify his status and validate all of his strong game tape.
Should Watkins have a strong week it would, at the very least, force the Rams to begin thinking long and hard about using a top 10-pick on a receiver for the second year in a row.
Of course, the Rams will likely also have their eyes on some other wideouts as well. The position itself isn't a need so much as finding that premiere option is, but there are others who could force their way into the conversation with a big week. Namely, Texas A&M's Mike Evans could do a lot to help himself in Indy. He has the size but some question his speed. A strong showing in the 40 could elevate him into the conversation with Watkins as the draft's type receiver.