Ramblin’ Fans’ Lunchtime Links: Best & Worst Draft Picks, NFC West UFA, And Tavon Austin Overrated?


By now, hopefully most everyone has rolled out of bed, awakening to another beautiful Monday morning. If you’re like me, it takes a little extra juice at the beginning of the week to get me going, and the extensive coverage of the Master’s from Sunday is not going to cut it. So, here are the best St. Louis Rams related stories you might have missed…

St. Louis Rams: Best and worst draft picks

Adam Rank, at NFL.com, attempts to break down the best and worst picks by the Rams’ organization in the draft, dating back to their days in Los Angeles. Rank does a fine job of picking out the “easy” selections, including names like Eric Dickerson and Deacon Jones, but fails in a number of areas, especially on the “worst” side of things. Most notably, Rank includes “Not drafting RG3” as one of the worst decisions in Rams’ history. Seems like a bit of a push considering he is rehabbing from his second major knee surgery as we speak…

UFA scorecard makes NFC West trend clear

Mike Sando, the NFC West blogger for ESPN, gives a detailed listing of all of the free agent re-signs and loses from within the division. He makes a point that there seems to be a trend of letting players walk in the NFC West, with only a small handful of re-signings by any of the team in the division.

Tavon Austin, Star Lotulelei top NFL Draft’s overrated prospects

For all of those in Rams’ Nation currently seated on the Tavon Austin bandwagon, you might be disappointed by this analysis of Tavon Austin by NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks. Brooks joins Mike Mayock and several other in echoing durability concerns about Austin in the NFL, although he might be the first to mark Austin as “overrated.”


Tavon Austin is not the only one getting knocked this week by a figure head in “big-time” sports media. Cordarrelle Patterson graces the front page of this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback, authored by Peter King of Sports Illustrated. While King doesn’t appear to on board with the St. Louis Rams taking Patterson in the 16th slot, he does see a division rival as a solid “match” for CP’s talents…