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Blake Bortles impressed during his Central Florida Pro Day Wednesday, but it’s wasn’t the only news coming out of Orlando. According to TFY Draft Insider, word around the league is that the St. Louis Rams are “actively shopping” the No. 2 pick in May’s draft.
Word around the league and in Orlando (UCF pro-day) has the St Louis Rams actively shopping the number two pick in the draft…
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) March 19, 2014
This isn’t a new concept, as the Rams have numerous holes and could still fill them by getting value for the high first-round pick, especially for quarterback-needy teams or if the Houston Texans elect to pass up on Jadeveon Clowney.
If the Rams opt to stay put, it appears likely they’ll nab Greg Robinson to be their new left tackle. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings could all be candidates to move up to get their guys.
The draft’s top tight end is a solid bet to come off the board somewhere in the first half of the first round. Already, Eric Ebron has suitors lining up visits.
In an interview with Pro Football Talk Live on Wednesday, the former North Carolina standout said he had meetings set up with a pair of teams picking in the top 10 — the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions — as well as the Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers. Ebron added he grew up in Newark, N.J. and both he and his family are longtime New York Giants fans, and “he’d love to play” for them.
Apparently, some NFL teams want Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to hit the treadmill.
According to the Palm Beach Post, a handful of teams told Benjamin his ideal weight should be around 225, about 17 pounds lighter than his current weight (242). Benjamin posted a 4.61 40-yard dash time during the NFL Scouting Combine, which was near scouts’ expectations for the 6-foot-5 wideout, then chose not to run again at the Seminoles Pro Day.
His weight is not expected to be a make-or-break sort of deal for interested clubs, though. Benjamin told reporters teams believe he could be even more dangerous in the passing game if he shed some weight. After all, beach season is approaching, right?
“They have what they want receivers to be, about 225,” Benjamin told the Post. “It wouldn’t hurt if I dropped this weight and got down to 225. I think I would be faster, be more deadly.”
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