With apologies to the East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl week is when my excitement for draft prospects and hidden gems really starts up. There is a great mix of talent here with top players able to compete away from more heralded underclassmen, and impress their way high up draft boards.
Two of last year's stars were WR/RB Dexter McCluster and OG Mike Iupati, both of whom I coveted for the Rams at various points. McCluster showed unprecedented playmaking-ability-per-pound and shot up from a fringe fourth round pick to the 36th overall selection by the Chiefs; Iupati showed enough versatility and raw power to rise from an early projection in the mid-30s (which would have made him a nice target for the Rams) to 17th overall (and second offensive lineman taken) by the 49ers.
This year is our first on the Bloguin network, and we're pleased to find our very own neighborhood draft experts at OptimumScouting.com (@OptimumScouting on Twitter), and thrilled that they will be in Mobile all week long, tweeting and blogging from the press conferences, the practices, and the game itself. To prepare us for this goldmine of pre-draft intel, here is a quick Q&A with Erik Galko of Optimum Scouting.
My questions, his answers, and a look at where the Rams might be scouting this week, after the break: