Morning Ram-blings: Combine cheat sheet

INDIANAPOLIS -- The workout portion of the 2014 NFL scouting combine begins today and runs through next Tuesday. Over the next few days, much will be made of a prospect's 40-yard dash time, vertical jumps and all else that goes on at Lucas Oil Stadium.

With that in mind, ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay provided an in depth look at what and who to watchInsider over the next few days in this Insider piece.


A roundup of Thursday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we offered a look at the process the Rams and other teams go through to get deeper information on players. ... Next, we set the table for the first day of the NFL draft. ... From there, we took a quick look at the potential of the salary cap going as high as $130 million this year and how it could help the Rams. ... Next, we talked to Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews and got his thoughts on the possibility of playing for the Rams. ... Finally, we made the case that the Rams need to spend some lofty draft capital on the offensive line, even if it's not at No. 2 overall.


At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas explores the various ways this week's combine will shape the Rams offseason.

Jeff Gordon makes a case for the Rams landing South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Yahoo's Shutdown Corner blog offers its take on the direction the Rams should go this offseason.

Want everything there is to see and know about Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins? Here you go.

SI.com answers some burning questions for this year's combine.