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Time to close up shop and head toward free agency."WhiteSections 2019 offseason2019 free agency2019 NFL DraftFull ArchiveLibrary 2019 NFL calendar2019 Rams regular season sched2019 Rams preseason schedMasthead Community Guidelines NFL Odds StubHub ✕NFL Combine2019 NFL Draft2019 NFL Combine2019 NFL Scouting Combine Live Tracker: Day 7 open threadNew Youth David Long Jersey ,11commentsTime to close up shop and head toward free agency.CSTShareTweetShareShare2019 NFL Scouting Combine Live Tracker: Day 7 open threadBrian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsTime to wrap things up.The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine is coming to a close as every position group has finished their combine sessions save for the defensive backs. Today, cornerbacks and safeties will go through the public, on-field gauntlet to measure up against their peers and set thei draft stock before finalizing things at their individual pro days.Here’s the schedule for the groups:2019 NFL Scouting Combine - Day 7 ScheduleGroupStatusGroupStatusMaking things interesting today is the fact that the Los Angeles Rams are in prime position to draft prospects at both cornerback and safety this year. With all their other roster gaps under consideration, it means that nearly every prospect is under review today from as early as the first round all the way out of the 2019 NFL Draft into the undrafted free agent signing period.A couple of prospects I’m personally interested in:Clemson Tigers CB Trayvon MullenPlus size, minus quicks. The next Trumaine Johnson? If so, where does he fall? Tru was underdrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft at #65 perhaps partially because of his small school resume. Mullen, however, is coming out of college football’s premier programs with a plus performance in the national championship. If #31 is too high, #94 might be too low.Oregon Ducks S Ugochukwu AmadiSize for skill, Amadi is the obvious successor for Rams S Lamarcus Joyner. But skill for size-wise... You’re just not going to find many players who can do what LMJ does under 5’10”. Which raises the question of what matters.If you want a smaller guy who can impress with physicality and directness Womens David Long Jersey , you can get it in that package. But someone of his size that can play corner or file the seam at safety with his man skills? That’s just rare. Amadi might be the only one who measures at Joyner’s build without losing a ton on the skill sheet.Michigan State Spartans CB Justin LayneSuccess breeds copycats. If you’re looking for the next version of former Seattle Seahawks CB and current San Francisco 49ers CB Richard Sherman, Layne fits the bill.But that’s a hard ladder to climb...Iowa Hawkeyes DB Amani HookerHooker is one of those guys that is just confusingly good. Is he a cornerback? Is he a safety? I don’t know. I know he’s talented. I know in the right situation he can thrive. But I also know Iowa had to make up a new position just to suit his skills. And it did! (the staff created a position called “star” or “cash” or “bang” or “splash” or “volcano” and only some of those are true) He won Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year, which is kind of the conundrum.If you can get him in the right spot without asking too much of him from the people around him, he can be, well, one of the best defensive backs in the game. If not, you’re going to be searching for ways to maximize his skill set. And of course what makes that scary is that’s exactly what Rams fans said about WR Tavon Austin for years.Alabama Crimson Tide S Deionte ThompsonIf the Rams are going to go safety at #31, Deionte is probably the play. If anything, his candidacy is about the other options.USC Trojans CB Iman MarshallOne of the few guys who testing might really, actually David Long Los Angeles Rams Jerseys , sincerely matter for. Build/skills are early draft levels. But with iffy technique (which is coachable), natural measurables might not be (which aren’t).Boston College Eagles CB Hamp CheeversActual prospect, but I prefer to think this is just a dude from some stuffy BC frat who earned a spot at the combine because his dad knows a guy.Good luck, Hamp Cheevers!And this’ll do it. After today, we pack things in in Indy and head through the Pro Day gauntlet toward free agency next week.Click in, folks! Rams running back Todd Gurley has 44 carries this year, an average of 14.67 attempts per game. Coach Sean McVay hopes to get Gurley more.The objective is to get Gurley to 25 in one game.“That’s the hope,” McVay told reporters on Wednesday. “If you look back at our Denver game last year, it comes [to] mind when you mention that. There were some different things where what they were doing. He got into a really good rhythm and he ended up having about that many carries and 200-plus yards. [: Gurley had 28 carries for 208 yards.] You’d like to be able to say that because that means everything is going really well. Each game ends up representing new challenges and different responses from us, based on what we think is the best way to move the ball.”McVay has a simple vision for what it takes to get Gurley going.“I think we have to have more plays Los Angeles Rams Jerseys Stitched ,” McVay said. “Being efficient on those early downs and being able to sustain drives. The more plays we get, the better it is for everybody because the more opportunities and the more of a rhythm that we can get in where we’re able to kind of do a handful of different things. That usually goes hand-in-hand with really everybody having good games.”Still, Gurley’s total snaps are 15 percent lower than they were a year ago.“I think it’s really, more than anything, the feel of the flow of a game, getting Malcolm [Brown] involved, too,” McVay said. “We love Todd. Todd’s been extremely important. He still is and he’s going to be as the season progresses. But Malcolm’s a guy that we want to get involved as well and we feel like the way that those guys have kind of balanced it out has worked out through the first three games. We just haven’t really gotten enough opportunities to get things going. Especially in those first halves. . . . Those touches are limited. When things are really going, you’re hitting on all cylinders, usually everybody’s getting an opportunity and you can do a handful of different things because now you’re forcing the defenses to change it up. Really David Long T-Shirts Jersey , that’s what it boils down to. I think everybody ends up benefitting when we all play better collectively.”McVay eventually was asked the question that the other questions danced around: After two years of the offense running through Gurley, is his load being managed in 2019?“A lot of the looks are predicated on do we want to run, or do we want to pass?” McVay replied. “You want to get Todd Gurley involved as much as possible but sometimes I’m not going to force the run versus certain looks. As much as you want to get him involved, I think the big underlying theme is let’s just be more efficient offensively and I think everybody will end up benefiting from that.”Looming over the entire topic is the fact that Gurley’s knee became a problem last year, and the likely reality that the Rams are trying to keep it from becoming an issue again. Although much was written and said about the knee during the offseason and training camp, it has been relegated to elephant-in-the-room status.But the elephant is definitely there, and the Rams are surely hoping that Gurley will be at full strength when their next postseason run begins.

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