NFL Combine 2012: St. Louis Rams News, Nuggets and Notes at Noon

Shane GraySenior Analyst IFebruary 28, 2012

Robert Griffin III with Andrew Luck
Robert Griffin III with Andrew LuckJoe Robbins/Getty Images

Welcome to today's NFL combine edition of the St. Louis Rams "News, Nuggets and Notes at Noon." 

As the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine wraps up today after a look at the defensive backs, attention will turn back toward the 2012 NFL draft, especially for the Rams, who are in the catbird seat with the No. 2 pick in hand.  

Yesterday, the defensive lineman and linebackers took center stage at the NFL combine.  

The Rams need help at both defensive tackle and outside linebacker, and the speed of outside linebacker Zach Brown of UNC could potentially help the Rams immensely, as detailed in this terrific piece from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  

One linebacker helped his stock at Indianapolis, Luke Kuechly of Boston College, as profiled here by Nick Wagoner of 

As the aforementioned Thomas confirmed in this article, the Rams have entered "very preliminary discussions" with the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins, among other teams. For my article regarding this report with analysis, please go here

Brian Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch further analyzes RG3 and the Rams' No. 2 pick in his column here.  Burwell asserts that trading the No. 2 pick will help St. Louis with what they need in regard to player additions: quality and quantity.  

According a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Rams will be asking for similar compensation to that given the San Diego Chargers in 2004 from the New York Giants for the rights to two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Eli Manning.  

Eli Manning
Eli ManningAl Bello/Getty Images

In case you missed it, yesterday I shared seven reasons why Robert Griffin III could bring the third biggest bounty ever in return for the Rams' No. 2 draft slot.

According to Clark Judge of in this column, St. Louis is sitting on a goldmine with demand increasing for RG3 and the No. 2 pick.

With demand for Griffin III so high, should the Rams consider trading the rights to the No. 2 pick now?  That question is looked at and analyzed by the Turf Show Times here

Off the field, the Rams are due to accept or reject the proposal by the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome on March 1.  

It is expected that the Rams will reject that proposal.  That has been expected all along.  Most first offers are not accepted in negotiations like these, so that means little in the big picture.

One of the most connected St. Louis sportswriters (Bernie Miklasz of boldly said recently that owner Stan Kroenke is "not going to move" the organization to Los Angeles or anywhere else, as I covered here with other related analysis. 

Kroenke is reportedly one of seven groups to advance to the next phase of the bidding for the L.A. Dodgers, according to this from the Los Angeles Times.  A decision is expected to be made regarding the sale of the franchise by April 1.

Finally, I would like to wish each of you a great day.  Enjoy it, STL Rams Nation.


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