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Why to Buy into "Manziel to Rams' rumors/SI.com

Discussion in 'RAMS - NFL TALK' started by RamBill, May 5, 2014.

  1. RamBill Well-Known Member

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    Why to buy into 'Johnny Manziel to Rams' rumors

    Vinnie Iyer
    May 5, 2014 1:05pm EDT

    Since the St. Louis Rams got their closer look at Johnny Manziel last Friday, the notion of them drafting the former Texas A&M quarterback in the first round of Thursday's NFL draft has become a groundswell. While we're almost near the end of "lying season", there's reason to believe Manziel is in serious play for them.

    Before they visited Manziel in Texas, it felt like they would be (and have been) more interested in his two Aggies teammates, offensive tackle Jake Matthews and wide receiver Mike Evans. Sitting on No. 2 and No. 13, they should have been seeing the opportunity to possibly get both players.

    But as much as the Rams have been pubicly behind Sam Bradford as their starting quarterback, it's getting harder to ignore what Manziel can do for them. More so than having Matthews block for Bradford or either Evans or Clemson's Sammy Watkins make big catches for Bradford's, Manziel is their fastest ticket to what they've been missing for a while: a dynamic, creative offense worthy of putting on a greater turf show.
    Adam Caplan @caplannfl
    Popular theory with personnel execs. RT @LanceZierlein: Greg Cosell just said he believe Johnny Manziel will go #2 to the Rams.
    According to SI's Peter King, Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was wowed by Manziel's workout, and as a whole they "like him a lot". The Schottenheimer surname always invokes a conservative offense that's more there to complete a strong defense, which St. Louis has. But even Brian has to see the limitations of what Bradford can give them.

    It's different if the Rams are in a bad divison and can afford to be more patient with the oft-injured Bradford. In the NFC West, they're chasing Seattle (Russell Wilson) and San Francisco (Colin Kaepernick) who already have their dazzling young guns to go with their defnses. Also ahead of them was Arizona, who found better QB stability in Carson Palmer last season and seems ready to bring in its new franchise passer in this year's draft.

    The real holdups in the Rams going for Manziel to replace Bradford were a) the $14 million in base salary the 2010 No. 1 overall pick is owed in '14 and b) the ability to work Manziel into a more traditional offensive philopshy. Those are less of contstraints on the organization now. Besides, if they take him at No. 2, they would have Manziel for less guaranteed money over the four years they would need to pay Bradford over the next two years (nearly $27 million).

    It will either need to be Manziel at No. 2 or using that and the other pick to make some kind of trade down in between to get Manziel. If they stay put, they shouldn't expect he'll still be around at No. 13.

    Many Rams fans are ruing the fact their team didn't just take current Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III second overall in 2012. Back in the same spot because of that trade with Washington, we'll see if they pull the trigger early on a simliar, excitement- and attention-drawing quarterback.
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