St. Louis Rams: Wednesday's Rams News and Notes at Noon

Steven GerwelContributor IIIApril 25, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25:  Offensive lineman Matt Kalil of USC participates in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Welcome to Wednesday's addition of "News and Notes at Noon". I'll be filling in for Shane Gray today, but I still plan on providing you with your daily fix of St. Louis Rams-related news and updates. 


Is Matt Kalil a Realistic Option?  

In yesterday's New and Notes at Noon, Shane pointed out a piece by ESPN's Mike Sando in which he discusses how the Rams would react if USC lineman Matt Kalil were to slip to the Rams at No. 6 overall. 

Oddly enough, Kalil is once again being associated with the Rams in Todd McShay's latest mock draft. In McShay's scenario, he has Kalil dropping out of the top five and landing in St. Louis's lap. 

This would truly be a dream scenario for St. Louis, as Kalil is one of the few elite prospects in this year's draft. His presence could instantly make the offensive line a strength for the Rams. 


Tony Softli Discusses Second Round Options

Tony Softi of ESPN 101 spent some time discussing a few of the Rams' options in the second round in his latest video.

Softli spent the majority of the time discussing second round wide receiver options, as the position will likely be the team's primary target on Day 2 if it misses out on Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon in Round 1.  

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 10:  Offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler #70 of the Wisconsin Badgers blocks against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

He also discussed some offensive line options. He's pleased with Kevin Zeitler (Wisconsin) and his run blocking, while he's impressed with Brandon Brooks (Miami of Ohio) due to his size and versatility.


Steven Jackson's "Contract Dispute" Is Likely Non-Existent 

Recent rumors suggested that Steven Jackson is unhappy with his current contract, but that story appears to be misinformation at best. 

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch cited his sources at Rams Park and claims that the team is completely unaware of any dispute regarding Jackson and his contract. 


Rams Training Facility Gets A New Name

The Rams' training facility in Earth City, Mo. will receive a new name, according to an update on the team's official website.

The team reached a four-year agreement with a company known as ContinuityX, which provides the company with the naming rights for the facilities.

ContinuityX is a company that provides network servers and other technological services for businesses.

EARTH CITY, MO - JULY 31:  Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams hands the ball off to teammate Austin Pettis #83 during training camp at the Russell Training Center on July 31, 2011 in Earth City, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images


Tight End Not Being Considered In the Draft? 

Today, Jim Thomas mentioned on Twitter that the Rams are apparently showing little interest in the tight end position, but that they have some interest in Brian Linthicum of Michigan State. 

As of a week ago, the Rams haven't conducted a single pre-draft visit with a tight end. If they have scheduled visits, they have been unconfirmed.

Perhaps Jeff Fisher and Co. have more faith in second-year player Lance Kendricks than most. 


Rams Visit With Two Kickers

According to Jim Thomas' Twitter account, the Rams held private workout with two kickers—Blair Walsh (Georgia) and Greg Zuerlein (Missouri Western). 

It's a little odd considering kicker Josh Brown is still under contract for another year, while there's still not a punter on the roster ever since the team lost Donnie Jones in free agency. 


Mike Mayock Says "No Thanks" To Fletcher Cox at No. 6

According to an update from Turf Show Times, Mike Mayock of the NFL Network acknowledges that Fletcher Cox is one of the better defensive linemen in the draft, but it's possible he's not the guy the Rams are looking for. 

Mayock added than Cox and newly acquired free agent Kendall Langford are both similar players and that the Rams can always find a defensive tackle in the second round.