NFL News of April 12, 2003

Logic says cornerback or linebacker for the Rams at No. 12 overall.

Then again, when the head coach tells several reporters at the NFL owners meetings that he just may pick a quarterback in the first round.

…There are three elite quarterbacks in USC’s Carson Palmer, Marshall’s Byron Leftwich and California’s Kyle Boller.

Three elite offensive linemen in tackles Jordan Gross (Utah) and Kwame Harris (Stanford), and guard Eric Steinback (Iowa).

Two elite receivers in Michigan State’s Charles Rogers and Miami (Fla.)’s Andre Johnson.

Two elite cornerbacks in Kansas State’s Terence Newman and Washington State’s Marcus Trufant.

Two elite linebackers in Georgia’s Boss Bailey and Maryland’s E.J. Henderson.

That adds up to 12 players. But we’ve left out the defensive line, where Arizona State end Terrell Suggs and Penn State tackle Jimmy Kennedy are sure top 10–and possible top five–picks.

But defensive linemen are always overvalued in the draft, and there are about a half-dozen others at this position who could squeeze into the top half of the first round. That list includes Kentucky DE DeWayne Robertson; Miami (Fla.) DE Jerome McDougle; Oklahoma State DT Kevin Williams; Miami (Fla.) DT William Joseph; and Georgia DT Johnathan Sullivan.

How that group shakes out could have a lot to do with what the Rams do at No. 12 overall.

…How seriously the Rams consider taking a defensive lineman also depends on how the club views tackle Damione Lewis. Now that Jeff Zgonina has signed with the Miami Dolphins, Lewis has to start. If the Rams’ think Lewis is ready for that challenge, the need for help on the defensive line lessens.

Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post-Dispatch “Rams draft? Take your pick”

Defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy was selected by the Rams with the 12th pick of the draft. He was with the team for four years before being traded to Denver for a 6th round picked. He was released by the Broncos before the season began and went on to play with the Bears, Jaguars, Vikings and Giants. He has been out of the league since the 2011 season.

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