Jan 2, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James (21) carries the ball in the 2012 Rose Bowl game against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Rose Bowl. Oregon defeated Wisconsin 45-38. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Another Big Day Of Pre-Draft Visits


The time for pre-draft visits is almost up, but the Rams saw some big names come to town on Monday. Alabama RB Trent Richardson, LSU CB Morris Claiborne, Oregon RB LaMichael James and Midwestern State OL Amini Silatolu were all in the house visiting the Rams and all four players are possibilities for the Rams in the upcoming draft.

Richardson and Claiborne are still likely high on the team’s board and either player could be the pick at six depending on what happens with the first five picks. I still want Justin Blackmon, but if he’s gone I would love either one of these players. I don’t know much about Silatolu, but I do know he’s pretty highly regarded as a smaller-school guy and there are plenty of scouts who think he has the potential to be a good NFL player.

James is the player here who really intrigues me for the Rams. I’ll admit up front that I’m biased as a big Oregon fan, but I’ve seen the skill-set he brings to the table. He’s probably never going to be an every-down guy in the pros, but he would be a perfect complement to Steven Jackson. We’ve been saying forever that the Rams need playmakers, and that’s exactly what James is. I’d say the 33rd and the 39th are probably too early to take him, but if he’s there when the Rams pick in the third round then he should be the pick. I’ve seen numerous mocks that have James going to the Rams in the third, so let’s hope they are right.

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