The Rams will look for Orlando Pace‘s successor in next week’s NFL draft and apparently have settled on OTs Eugene Monroe of Virginia and Jason Smith of Baylor with the No. 2 overall pick, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The Post-Dispatch reports that some people at Rams headquarters favor Monroe and others prefer Smith. But one NFL scout told the newspaper that neither player is in Pace’s class:
- “They’re good, but they’re not like Orlando (Pace),” said a veteran NFC scout, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “They’re not even close to Pace and (Jonathan) Ogden and those guys, where you turn on the tape and say, ‘Oh my God, he looks like a Hall of Famer.’ Walter Jones — he was way up there. Those guys are rare.”
The Rams also need a linebacker, meaning Wake Forest’s Aaron Curry could be a possibility at No. 2.
Then there’s also the chance of a trade. The Rams haven’t been linked to any deals, but the Eagles could be looking to move up into the top 10, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Eagles general manager Tom Heckert obviously won’t play his hand in print, but he did leave open the possibility of moving up in a draft-day trade, the Inquirer reports:
- “Never say never, but I would find that highly unlikely,” Heckert said.
NFL.com senior columnist Vic Carucci says that disgruntled Bills OT Jason Peters could be another possibility. The Bills are looking for a first-round pick and a second- or third-round pick in exchange for Peters. A proven player like him might be the more attractive option at this point.