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Rams put emphasis on players who performed in the classroom, too

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    https://theramswire.usatoday.com/2018/04/28/nfl-los-angeles-rams-draft-class-academics-awards/

    By: Cameron DaSilva

    After adding a handful of players with so-called character concerns in Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and Ndamukong Suh, the Los Angeles Rams put a priority on drafting players with academic backgrounds. That’s not to say they put school first and didn’t focus on football, but just about all of the prospects the Rams drafted were great in the classroom and on the field.


    Just take a look at this list, which shows how impressive of a group it is.


    Joe Noteboom: four-time Academic All-Big 12.
    Brian Allen: three-time Academic All-Big Ten.
    John Franklin: three-time Academic All-Southland Conference.
    Micah Kiser: two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll.
    Sebastian Joseph: three-time Academic All-Big Ten


    — Joe Curley (@vcsjoecurley) April 28, 2018


    Les Snead was asked whether the Rams targeted those types of players on purpose Saturday night, and while he didn’t dismiss the idea, he did say that the Rams like finding guys who are good “human beings.”


    “I don’t think you ever just start and say, ‘Let’s just get Academic All-Americans,’ but I do think that the human beings that take pride – and they’re student-athletes, right? That human being actually says I’m going to sacrifice somethings to be really good in school,” Snead said. “I think those traits as a human being bleeds over to those guys in the football meeting room and on the field and the preparation they put into all of that. I think we like to call it, sometimes you’re drafting traits, sometimes you’re drafting really good football players. Those guys fall into that, ‘you know what, they’re football players,’ and whatever mixture of DNA leads to that, that’s part of it.”


    The Rams are certainly adding high-character players to the locker room, which only bodes well for the chemistry amongst players. Adding guys like Kiser and the impressive players above not only improves the intelligence on the field, but likely the camaraderie off it, too.
     
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    I like this idea, and I hope it works out well for the Rams!
     
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    Lets see how this goes....Kiser, Allen, and Noteboom were all decent college players.
     
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    Man, Snead's new buzz word is "human being"

    For example:
    "Tavon is a great human being."
    "We are drafting good human beings."

    I'm wondering if this has something to do with their experience with the Lizard tendencies of Sammy Watkins.... maybe having a reptilian on your roster shook Snead to the core

    Look, I know where he is going with this conceptually, but why not just say "yeah we picked guys that are well-rounded on the field and in the classroom?"
     
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    Thinking they are for players that have attention to detail personalities now. It makes sense. You can have all the ability in the world but with no effort or ability to learn on the go your less likely to cut it. I’m excited with those 4! Think they have great potential to be steals tbh!
     
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    Can't coach ability....that is...you can't coach ability into someone...

    I like the guy from Steven F. Austin...4.7
    I like Noteboom....4.9
    I like Kizer....4.6
    I like that UDFA from Oklahoma...the DB...think he ran a 4.5.

    You're wasting all of your coaching if you're wasting it on guys that can't run....trust me.
     
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    Tell that to Tory Holt and Isaac Bruce. Slow 40’s... o_O
     
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    I think this^ has a lot to do with this line of thinking ...

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    I sure never heard of a 4.38 forty time being slow. . . Holt had wheels, route running ability, and hands. Dude was top 3 in the league for a large portion of his career.
     
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    #10 Corbin, May 8, 2018
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    Don't know why i wrote Tory :( lol Meant to type Jerry Rice but I think I could beat Tory running backwards in the 40. :)
     
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    Straight out untruth....

    Torry Holt 4.38
    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?...A0450B32BE2AC78BBE25A0450B32BE2AC78&FORM=VIRE

    Isaac Bruce 4.48
    http://articles.latimes.com/1994-11-05/sports/sp-59048_1_isaac-bruce

    Some have claimed Antonio Brown ran in the 4.6's or 4.7's....which is also untrue....4.48 for Antonio...
     
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    I don't believe Jerry's time was accurate either....I've seen 4.5's....but I'd guess 4.4 something...based on the way he played and was often running away from supposedly faster defenders....

    Plus...Jerry...much like the great Walter Payton were/was a workout monster....
     
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    Renaldo Neamiah could run but couldn't play football. To single out speed as the one thing you can't coach is just naive. You need smart and durable football players you can fit into your system. If they got speed that's a bonus. But if a guy is fast and can't run a route or read a defense or can't tackle etc etc etc.

    Deion sanders was fast and could play. DeMarcus Van Dyke was faster, and played only 25 games in 3 years before being out of the NFL. Tavon Austin was fast and never put up a season like the rookie Cooper Kupp did. This fascination with speed is humorous.
     
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    Renaldo probably only went out there because he missed the Olympics...boycott maybe??
    You're like my personal soft spot...my....Chuck Wepner....any time I need a big win, I go to you ....Just playin...not really...
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaldo_Nehemiah
    Hmmmmm
    Never played college ball, but played 3 years in the NFL.....I guess he got a look cause...cause why???? Why would the NFL even look at a guy that hasn't played college ball?
    Because he is an elite athlete....

    Your emphasis on trying to de-value speed and athleticism is also just as hilarious....you are trying to give young and impressionable football minds the idea that teams are not built on extreme athleticism....which is not only wrong, but is very misleading....our FA class should show most reasonable individuals what types of guys the Rams...and most of the NFL covets....the only conclusion I can see is...you...were/are very slow...and not athletic.
     
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    I think that is actually the first time I have seen the word "intentness". Sounds like something Madden would come up with.
     
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    View: http://www.therams.com/news-and-events/article-1/Franklin-Myers-Primed-for-Development-Under-Wade-Phillips-/ace85e62-506b-4e6e-8fc6-301c721967e0


    Just so we're not confused....this is for backs, linemen, and most players...maybe QB is different...but Josh
    Allen wasn't just selected highly because he talks proper....
     
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