Rams Take a Last-Minute Visit to See a Trio of Receivers

Steven Gerwel@Steve_GerFeatured Columnist IVApril 23, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrates after he caught a 17-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter against the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently reported that the Rams sent a six-person contingent to visit a trio of wide receivers for one last look. 

Jeff Fisher, Les Snead and Brian Schottenheimer were present for several last-minute private workouts that featured three of the top receivers in this year's draft class—Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd and Kendall Wright. 

It's pretty typical for coaches to pursue a second look at the prospects they covet, so the news is hardly unusual. It merely tells us that they are interested in finding a receiver, which is good news if a wideout is at the top of their wish-list. 

However, the thing that raises a few eyebrows is the fact that Rams vice president Kevin Demoff was present for Blackmon's workout. 

Demoff's job description doesn't include scouting personnel. He's a little above that. So what do we make of his presence at Blackmon's workout? And why was he absent from the workouts for Floyd and Wright? 

Perhaps, the Rams wanted a high-ranking official present in order to let Blackmon know that he'll be a member of the team (barring any unforeseen bombshells on draft day). 

And maybe, the visits with the other two receivers was simply a way to explore backup options in case a team lands Blackmon in the top five. 

But would they really make their intentions that obvious by announcing Demoff's presence at Blackmon's latest workout?

After all, there's a surplus of misinformation in the week leading up to the draft. 

It's possible they're misleading teams by giving off the false impression that they want Blackmon, which could prevent a team from trading up and stealing the player they truly have their eyes on. 

With the draft just several days a way, it's clear that the outcome of the Rams' No. 6 overall pick won't be completely solidified until the commissioner walks up to the podium for the sixth time on Thursday night. 

But until then, we'll continue to over-analyze every meaningless news update in an attempt to crack the case.