The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine is underway and as prospects hit the field, coaches and GMs take the podium, and the NFL looks toward its 100th season, theRams.com Combine Notebook will cover the top storylines Indianapolis related to the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams.
Here are some notes from Saturday, March 2nd:
RAMS MEET DEFENSIVE PROSPECTS
Although free agency moves are yet to be made in Los Angeles, the Rams have made it clear this week in Indianapolis that pass rushers are a priority heading into 2019.
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and outside linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. will become free agents this month and on Thursday general manager Les Snead expressed that his club has not ruled out the possibility of either returning for more football in Los Angeles. He also described Fowler as "the first domino" when considering changes at edge rusher look toward next season.
Defensive lineman faced the media in Day 5 of the Combine and a few of the prospects said they've met with head coach Sean McVay and his staff.
Here are a few DL's who have met with the Rams and might be worth watching in Indy:
DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
The Athletic's Vinny Bosignore reported on Mississippi State product, defensive end Montez Sweat's meeting with the Rams this week on Twitter.
Sweat posted back-to-back double-digit sack seasons as an upperclassman — 10.5 as a junior, 12.0 as a senior — following his move from Michigan State to the SEC.
Earlier this week, Bleacher Report's Chris Roling called Sweat the Rams' perfect product, and says to keep an eye out for the future pro in Sunday's drills.
"Montez Sweat (6'6", 241 lbs) looks like a pro-ready player who needs to pack on some muscle but can otherwise be disruptive at worst in a rotation to start his career. Sweat should be a force in Indianapolis when it comes to measurements and drills, though a deep class should push him to the bottom of the round."
For Roling's full take on Sweat's fit with the Rams, click here.
OLB Jachai Polite, Florida
NFL Nation reporter Lindsey Thiry also reported earlier this week that former Florida Gator outside linebacker Jachai Polite might be worth watching in the early stages of the offseason.
Polite declared for the draft after an impressive junior season, which featured 11.0 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss.
Thefootballgirl.com reported that Polite seemed delighted with McVay and his staff following their meeting.
DL Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
Bosignore says Notre Dame's Jerry Tillery might fit in well in L.A., after learning the D-lineman met with the Rams this week.
The senior posted a team-high 7.0 sacks along with three forced fumbles en route to the College Football Playoff in 2018.
Defensive linemen will participate in on-field drills on Sunday.
"I'M LIKE A.D."
Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver likened himself to the two-time AP Defensive Player of the Year, defensive tackle Aaron Donald on Saturday.
Oliver has popped up in the top 10 on mock draft boards, after logging 53 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles over three seasons at Houston.
Oliver stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 287 pounds, boasting a prospect grade of 6.26 — meaning the DT "should become an instant starter" in the NFL.
Donald stood 6-foot-1, 285 pounds out of Pittsburgh. He was graded 5.35 — "NFL backup or special teams potential".
MURRAY GOING NO. 1?
NFL Network's Kimberly Jones reported on Saturday that Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray might be all but a lock at the No. 1 draft spot after this week.
"In terms of Murray, people are beginning to believe almost universally he will indeed be the No. 1 pick in this draft by the Arizona Cardinals," Jones said in coverage of the Combine.
Murray going No. 1 overall would mean something to the Rams, whose NFC West-rival Cardinals boast the No. 1 pick after a 3-13 season at the bottom of the Division. The growing projection that the Heisman Trophy winner will go No. 1 overall means the Cardinals will take a quarterback with their top-10 pick for the second-straight draft, after trading up to take quarterback Josh Rosen at No. 10 last year.
The young quarterback elected to not throw in front of coaches and scouts on Saturday.
DK METCALF WOWS
The sports world was officially introduced to wide receiver product out of Ole Miss D.K. Metcalf on Saturday.
Metcalf stole the show athletically in Indy — clocking an unofficial 4.33 40-yard dash time, weighing 228 pounds.
He also led all receivers in bench press this week, with 27 reps of 225 pounds.