Morning Ram-blings: The Rams and Manziel

ST. LOUIS -- When Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel declared for the NFL draft last week, I made it quite clear in this space that the St. Louis Rams would not be using the No. 2 overall pick to select him. Manziel's declaration was good for the Rams in the sense that it added another desirable quarterback for teams who may want to trade up to the Rams' spot.

Nothing has changed in that regard. As I've written here or elsewhere plenty of times, the Rams remain committed to Sam Bradford as the starting quarterback in 2014. They'll likely draft a quarterback to develop in the middle rounds but that's not the range where Manziel figures to go anyway.

One thing we didn't really discuss, though, is whether or not the Rams should draft Manziel. Stltoday.com columnist Bernie Miklasz, in an extremely self-deprecating way, made the case in his blog Tuesday that the Rams should take a long, hard look at Johnny Football.

Among the reasons Miklasz cites in his version of internet trolling is the simple excitement Manziel would bring. Miklasz notes the Rams have mostly been a boring group that lacks excitement, particularly on offense. He writes that Manziel teaming with someone like Tavon Austin would get fans in the Edward Jones Dome and generate some buzz.

On that, it's hard to disagree. Manziel is one of the most entertaining players I've seen at the college level in a long time. His antics may grow old to some but I've always enjoyed watching him compete. The off the field stuff isn't as endearing and will likely give teams pause but let's face it, Manziel would make it more interesting not only for fans but for media as well.

General manager Les Snead said last week that he would at least be evaluating the top quarterbacks this year, a departure from his first two seasons at the helm. He says the reason for that is to determine their value for a potential trade. Is it possible that Snead could fall hard for Manziel and begin considering him as a possible pick? No, no it's not.

In the meantime, it can be fun to think of the possibilities of Manziel in St. Louis even if there's no chance it's going to happen.


A roundup of Tuesday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we discussed the need for the Rams to hit a home run this offseason. ... Next, we looked at the price of quarterbacks and how it's helped shape the NFC West division. ... From there, we looked at Mike Sando's list of the 25 'must sign' free agents this offseason and where Rams offensive lineman Rodger Saffold fits in after Sando's top 25. ... We finished the day by recognizing the All Rookie team accolades for linebacker Alec Ogletree and punt returner Tavon Austin.


It's an Insider piece but here's the link to Sando's full list of the 25 'must sign'Insider free agents.

Something to monitor: Houston Texans owner Bob McNair spoke highly of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Here's the link to the full list of the aforementioned Pro Football Writers of America rookie awards.

At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas breaks down the Rams' situation at cornerback, starting with the looming decision on cornerback Cortland Finnegan.

Thomas also participated in his weekly chat, answering questions from fans.