One quarterback, Buffalo's EJ Manuel went in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft. He went No. 16 overall after the Bills traded down with the St. Louis Rams, who moved up to land receiver Tavon Austin.
Teams seeking quarterbacks opted to draft the remaining options in later rounds. That won't happen this year. Depending on who you ask, as many as four signal callers could go in Round 1. That would seem to erode the talent level of the position in this year's class but as Nate Latsch at FoxSportsMidwest.com writes, there are actually quite a few options for the rounds after the first that could work out.
Latsch talked to a couple of former scouts about some of the names that figure to go after the likes of Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Central Florida's Blake Bortles, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Fresno State's Derek Carr. Included in the prospects covered are players such as LSU's Zach Mettenberger, Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo, Alabama's AJ McCarron and more.
The Rams have repeatedly made it clear that they have no intention of drafting a quarterback in the first round. That said, I expect something to happen in the third- or fourth-round range but wouldn't completely preclude the possibility of them taking one in the second if there was someone they really liked there.
Regardless, the players mentioned in Latsch's piece are names to know as we head toward May.
A roundup of the weekend's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the weekend Ram-blings, we took a look at the continued knee troubles of former Rams receiver Danario Alexander in San Diego. ... Next, we recapped Friday's chat. ... Finally, we took a look at the schedule of events for what figures to be a busy offseason in the NFL.
At stltoday.com, columnist Bernie Miklasz takes his quick peek at the quartet of Greatest Show on Turf era Rams due up in the next Hall of Fame class.
Stlouisrams.com did the same.
Stltoday.com also posted a couple of letters to the editor on the Rams' current stadium situation.
Fox2now.com discusses the future of the Rams in St. Louis.
Turf Show Times looks at some projections for compensatory picks for the Rams. For the record, I think these projections are a bit generous based on my understanding of how the picks are doled out.