St. Louis Rams: News, Nuggets and Notes at Noon (Friday Edition)

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St. Louis Rams: News, Nuggets and Notes at Noon (Friday Edition)
Robert Griffin III

Welcome to Friday's St. Louis Rams "News, Nuggets and Notes at Noon", the one-stop home for all significant Rams updates and other related items of interest from around the NFL

All eyes are on the 2012 NFL Combine right now, with the annual event kicking off in earnest on Saturday morning.  For the complete schedule, please check here

As most of you know, several teams are already showing interest in the Rams No. 2 overall pick, according to many sources, including ESPN 

Speculation regarding the Rams #2 overall pick is intensifying by the hour.  As far as there being any potential of moving quarterback Sam Bradford, Jeff Fisher says that "would not be an option", according to this article from The Washington Post.  

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reiterated Fisher's sentiments via twitter in a slightly different but nonetheless strong way: 

FIsher emphatically says Rams have no interest in trading QB Sam Bradford.

According to this report from profootballtalk.com, St. Louis has discussed adding Albert Haynesworth, the recently struggling defensive tackle.

Haynesworth excelled in Tennessee earning two first-team All Pro berths there (2007, 2008) under the leadership and guidance of then head coach Fisher. Haynesworth will be 31 in June.  

Albert Haynesworth

 

Howard Balzer shares more details regarding the potential addition of street free agent Haynesworth, suggesting that an eventual decision to pursue Haynesworth is far from a done deal: 

Jeff Fisher says there have been discussions about Albert Haynesworth, "but it doesn't mean we'll do anything."

Balzer shared more great information today from Fisher on various Rams topics, first regarding free agent Rams guard Jacob Bell (who played well for Fisher in Tennessee):

Rams guard Jacob Bell has chance to re-sign. Jeff Fisher said he has ability and played well in second half of season before getting injured.

Finally, Balzer shared some positive news regarding oft-injured right tackle Jason Smith, who has been said to be facing a pay cut if he desires to remain in the Gateway City.  Regarding Smith, Balzer tweeted: 


Jeff Fisher says the concussion issue is behind Jason Smith.

Jason Smith

As for Fisher's thoughts on free agent wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (as well as more on the aforementioned Haynesworth and Bradford) plus updates on free agent wideout Randy Moss, check here.  

According to this report from Ron Clements of cbssports.com, Fisher believes that Steven Jackson has "a lot of carries left" while emphasizing the importance of the running game.  

Clements also shares that Fisher is very confident that new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and Bradford will "work real well together." 

Although the events kick off Saturday, as referenced above, the measurements are the current focus of attention.  For a look at all of the offensive line measurements, click this.  For the same information regarding the tight ends participating at the 2012 NFL Combine, go here

Yesterday, it was revealed that consensus projected top five pick Matt Kalil, a left tackle from USC, checked in at 6'6 1/2 and 306 pounds.  It was generally considered a positive for him to weigh in at or above 300 pounds.  

Apparently, Fisher is not opposed to taking an offensive lineman in the first round, as verified here

Of even more interest, however, was the height measurement of Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor.  Some were concerned that RGIII could measure at 6'1, or even shorter. However, he measured in at 6'2 3/8 putting a collective smile on the face of the St. Louis front office.  

Cam Newton

With Griffin III measuring well, it only increases the odds that teams will throw the farm at St. Louis for the number two pick, especially when considering the new team-friendly rookie wage scale and the success of 2011 rookie QB's Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers and Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals

According to this from aol.sportingnews.com, this impressive measurement only serves to increase RGIII's stock going forward, which would almost certainly subsequently increase the potential trade value of the Rams No. 2 overall pick.  

Former Rams offensive coordinator and current Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur has made it vividly clear that the Browns are willing to trade up in the 2012 NFL Draft, as detailed in this piece

For the very latest measurements for all the quarterback at the 2012 NFL Combine, go here.  For the same information on the wide receivers, check this.  For the running back measurables, do the same here

In even more NFL Combine related news, Tony Softli of 101sports.com shares his insight (as a former NFL executive) regarding the smokescreens that have already began in relation to the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft and background info regarding that topic.

Draft evaluations, according to the above mentioned Balzer, get serious at the NFL Combine. 

Dodger Stadium

As for related off-the-field news, the Turf Show Times has compiled a report that suggests that St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is not likely to be a front-runner for the bidding for the Los Angeles Dodgers, especially with the new parking lot situation, as discussed further in the column linked above. 

Some have feared that a Kroenke purchase of the Dodgers could lead to a greater threat of the Rams moving to L.A. 

Finally, click this from stlouisrams.com focusing on the NFL Combine. 

Be looking out for tomorrow's "Weekly Weekend Question and Answer Session" as I reply to inquiries regarding the 2012 NFL Draft, the Rams 2012 outlook, free agent wide receivers and more.  

Have a great day, STL Rams nation.  

Shane Gray covers the St. Louis Rams year-round. You are encouraged to check out the rest of his work here and to follow him on Twitter. 

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