Rams Report: Combine Underachievers
By Matt Moreno
OL D.J. Fluker (Alabama): The Rams have two first-round picks and need offensive line help. Depending on how the dominoes fall, Fluker could get a look from the Rams. But the possible late first-rounder could find himself available in the second round after an uneventful combine. Fluker was bottom of the pack in the 40-yard dash (5.31 seconds) and even further down in the bench press (21 reps), the only two he competed in. Not a ton of teams are looking for slow, weak linemen.
SS Zeke Motta (Notre Dame): It is unlikely the Rams will wait very long to select a safety. They need help at both strong and free, and it's a deep draft class with Kenny Vaccarro, Matt Elam and Eric Reid leading the class. Zeke Motta had a chance to make a name for himself, but showed to be feast or famine. He was a top performer in the broad jump and three-cone drill, but posted a slow 40-yard dash (4.83) and only 11 bench-press reps.
OL Menelik Watson (Florida State): The Manchester, England native is an exceptional talent and had a chance to work his way into the first round. He manned right tackle for Florida State, but performed exceptionally poor at the NFL Combine. Watson finished last in the three-cone drill (8.31), and had subpar times in the 40-yard dash (5.29) and 20-yard shuttle (5.01). Watson still has the size and raw talent to be a great lineman, but the combine didn't help answer any questions about how NFL ready he is.
LB Manti Te’o (Notre Dame): It was unlikely the Rams would be calling Te’o’s name on draft day, but it was always a possibility. St. Louis wouldn't mind upgrading at linebacker. But, things are getting to a point where, if anyone calls Te’o’s name in the first round, it could be a surprise. The once highly-ranked linebacker is falling down draft boards after he backed up his fake girlfriend situation with a poor combine. Te’o never wowed scouts with any of his workouts. He was especially poor in the 40-yard dash and ranked near the bottom of the linebacker class with a 4.82. Around Heisman time, Te’o was projected to be a top five pick.
K Lauren Silberman (N/A): Kudos for being the first female to compete in an NFL Combine, but her performance made it appear she isn’t quite ready for the big boys or was even serious about the whole deal. Silberman tried out in New York last Sunday. The video shows her kicking the football a mere 14 yards. She stopped after two attempts due to an “apparent” quad injury. Silberman’s draft ranking stayed about the same – zero chance of making it.