Morning Ram-blings: Scouting quarterbacks

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead has made it clear the team is committed to Sam Bradford as the starting quarterback moving forward. He's also acknowledged that, for the first time in his tenure in St. Louis, he'll be evaluating all of the quarterbacks in this year's NFL draft.

Snead said earlier this month that he will watch the top quarterbacks in order to gauge what their value might be for a possible trade down scenario. Theoretically, it's possible Snead and his staff could fall in love with a prospect and consider taking him early but that appears to be a long shot at best.

More likely, Snead and the Rams will target a quarterback at some point in the middle rounds, a quarterback like those participating in this week's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas offers a look at some of the intriguing prospects taking snaps this week and how the Rams are sifting through them.

It's a strong possibility that Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr will go in the first round but the others are likely to be available in the middle rounds or later. Perhaps none of the prospects are more intriguing than Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo. In my Rams chat last week, I identified him as a prospect I believe the Rams should have great interest in because he seems like a talented guy who could learn fast and has plenty of upside.

Garoppolo has impressed this week in Mobile and had a really good week at the East-West Shrine game. Ideally, he'd be the type the Rams could pursue in the third round or so, but the way he's played recently might elevate him even further up the food chain.

One way or the other, the Rams need to add a young signal-caller in this year's draft. There will be plenty to sift through in the coming weeks and months.


A roundup of Wednesday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... The Ram-blings offered a great look at former Rams quarterback James Harris along with links from around the Web. ... Next, we hit No. 8 on the plays that shaped the Rams' season list with a focus on a penalty-filled loss in Seattle. ... Next, we reacted to the NFL Nation survey of 320 players in which Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson was voted the player others most would like to see reach a Super Bowl. ... Finally, we took a humorous look at the two Rams landing on Team Rice for Sunday's Pro Bowl.


Vikings reporter Ben Goessling provides the news story on the aforementioned poll.

Columnist Ashley Fox casts a vote for Michael Vick as a player she'd like to see reach the big game.

At stltoday.com, Jeff Gordon writes that the Rams will benefit from the influx of underclassmen in this year's draft class.

At 101sports.com, Randy Karraker writes that the pending litigation casts doubt on the Rams' stadium situation.