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Posted Feb. 17, 2010
Matt Ryan and the Rams
What does Matt Ryan have to do with the St. Louis Rams?
No, I am not referring to the Rams passing up on Ryan in the 2008 NFL Draft, taking Chris Long ahead of him.
The Atlanta Falcons were dead set on taking Glenn Dorsey - the defensive tackle out of Louisiana State - over Matt Ryan the day before the draft.
Something happened and they changed their mind - they talked themselves into drafting the gunslinger out of Boston College.
Despite his faults as a quarterback making bad decisions and throwing lots of interceptions, they loved his intelligence, competitiveness, intangibles and potential as a franchise quarterback.
General Manager Thomas Dimitroff realized his team really would never have a chance unless they had a quarterback, and maybe owner Arthur Blank had something to say in regards to getting this franchise past the Michael Vick fiasco.
The Rams are going to get a reality check sooner or later. They will realize they will never be able to win consistently without a quarterback. Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy simply aren't going to put points up on the scoreboard. It takes more than one player on defense to be consistently productive.
A quarterback makes or breaks a team. This is a passing league and if you don't have a quarterback, then your team is facing a major uphill battle in terms of consistently making the playoffs.
The more I think about it, the more I believe the Rams are going to talk themselves into Jimmy Clausen or Sam Bradford with the No. 1 overall pick. They simply have no options if they don't address the position significantly in free agency. Any quarterback they take in the second round is going to be a reach - Colt McCoy is finally being regarded as a mid-round talent and you can't rely on his mediocre talent level.
Looking at the past and fitting it into the present, the top pick in the 2010 NFL Draft is probably going to be Clausen or Bradford. The Falcons decided the night before the draft to take Ryan at No. 3 overall - I wouldn't be shocked if the Rams followed suit.
Does anybody know of a good place to watch actual tape of players, not the actual game? I used to use Draft Breakdown, but that honestly sucks for evaluating every player except for RBs and QBs. I really do love this stuff and possibly want to make a career out of scouting, but I don't know of a place where I can find tape currently.