The HypeIt started this morning on a live tweet by @DraftBreakdown, from the weighing-and-measuring ceremonies. (Hat tip to @Daniel_Doelling for the recommended follow.)
DraftBreakdown Iupati has 35 inch arms!That's a freakish, Jevon Kearse-like measurement. He's got nice size: 6'5"+, 325 lbs on the scales today. And while playing in the pass-happy WAC, he didn't allow a single sack this season. And he followed up his first impression with a nice day of practice against some high competition.
MoveTheSticks Idaho OG Mike Iupati and Penn St DE Jared Odrick had several good battles today. Both probably go in late 1st.
MoveTheSticks Its always good to let the week play itself out but through 1 practice, I would say Idaho OG Mike Iupati was best in show.Here's a nice video combining highlights with commentary and analysis: [youtube nhFMZROcNZ8]
Strategic FitIf you were building a draft strategy on "assembling physical monsters," Iupati would fit in right alongside Suh as the Rams beefed up massively on both lines. Moreover, this move would allow the Rams to reshuffle their starting O-line accordingly:
- LT: Dump (or trade) Alex Barron. Start Jason Smith.
- LG: Start Jacob Bell. (Continuity, plus was much improved last season.)
- C: Start Jason Brown. Duh.
- RG: Start Mike Iupati.
- RT: Start Adam Goldberg, who handled himself very well at many positions, but excelled here.
Arguments AgainstJim Thomas, for one, does not believe the Rams will aggressively pursue help on the offensive line early in the draft. And VanRam over at the Turf Show Times is making the argument that the Rams' safest course of action given the alarming lack of free agent options in an uncapped year and the other draft needs of the team, will be to re-sign Barron.
The Rams and their fans may have to settle for some old familiar faces at a few positions. That means bringing back some players who would be gone under normal circumstances. The best example of this that I can think of is Alex Barron. Yes, I've lead the change to have this guy cut, but it wouldn't be smart to create a need where you don't have one. -- Five things for the Rams to think about in a capless 2010And one other argument against -- this strategy represents two high-impact picks that would not be used on skill players. The Rams need at least two offensive playmakers -- at QB and WR -- in this offseason. And another slow-burning pre-draft crush potentially at the high-second-round level is Missouri wideout Danario Alexander...