Morning Ram-blings: Digging deep

INDIANAPOLIS -- Good morning from the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. We'll have a lot of stuff coming at you from here over the next four days, and some of it will spill carry into the coming weeks.

With that, the Ram-blings will be abbreviated just a little bit so we can move on to the combine stuff you really want to hear about.

Today, we kick off with a good look from NFL.com's Albert Breer at how teams go about digging deep into the prospects assembled here and elsewhere. Thoughts from St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher are included, and there is some good insight into the selection of cornerback Janoris Jenkins in 2012.

Now, more than ever, the personal side of the evaluation is as important as 40 times and anything else outside of the player's actual football ability. The Rams have showed little hesitance to take some risks, but it's worth monitoring if they continue to do that moving forward.


A roundup of Wednesday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we began with a look at the excellent piece from ESPN's Mark Schlereth on the real locker room code and what's expected inside those walls. ... We continued the countdown to the combine with the No. 2 question surrounding the top receivers, namely Clemson's Sammy Watkins. ... In this week's NFL Nation Buzz, we explored the role of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in the evaluation of players. ... Finally, we got to No. 1 on the combine countdown with a discussion of the offensive line prospects here in Indy.


ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando writes in this Insider piece that the Rams are positionedInsider to have a big offseason.

Also on Insider, a good read from ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay getting you readyInsider for this week's scouting combine.

At stltoday.com, Bernie Miklasz offers a quick thought on the NFL in Los Angeles within his five quick takes.

Also at NFL.com, Gil Brandt calls Rams defensive end Robert Quinn one of six players to build a franchise around.

Turf Show Times takes a closer look at the team's needs on the interior of the offensive line.