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Letting Pace go was the right move

Posted on: March 10, 2009 6:31 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2009 6:44 pm
 

By releasing Orlando Pace, the St, Louis Rams are pretty much telling us all what they will do with the second overall pick in the NFL draft.

With the second pick, the Rams take .... Jason Smith or Eugene Monroe.

Those two tackles, Smith from Baylor and Monroe from Virginia, are the two top tackles and both will be immediate starters wherever they go. The Rams struggled with poor line play last season, which is why they have to take a left tackle with their first-round pick. They signed Jason Brown from the Ravens to play center, so now it comes time to fix the left tackle spot.

I like both Smith and Monroe, but my guess right now is that Smith might be the Rams choice. He plays tougher. The Rams need tough on that line.

As for Pace, I'm not sure how much he has left. I'm also not sure how much he loves it anymore. A team looking for a one-year fix might give him a look, but he's had some injury issues over the years.

 

 

 

Category: NFL
Tags: Orlando Pace
 
Comments

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2009 2:18 am
 

Letting Pace go was the right move

 

Having the 2nd pick of the draft means that they now will be paying double the amount on an unproven LT who could end up being a bust.

a little change from a very bad franchise(at the moment)

Did you say the same thing when the Rams drafted Pace???




Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2009 1:44 am
 

I do not understand the logic

 Having the 2nd pick of the draft means that they now will be paying double the amount on an unproven LT who could end up being a bust.  Although I like the fact that the rams released him.  It was probably a mutual agreement, a little change from a very bad franchise(at the moment) for pace, and for the rams, newly acquired youth (maybe attitude) and personel




Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2009 10:44 pm
 

Letting Pace go was the right move

Can you believe it?  A Prisco posting that does not mention that Leftwich is available to lead a needy team to the Super Bowl.  As usual, he states the obvious and is seen as genius. 




Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2009 8:55 pm
 

He's Still Got Gas

Pace will be earning big bucks within days...any teams debating a left tackle in the draft after the first 2 are taken now have an immediate impact option, albeit a 3-4 year option in the most likely case scenario.  Pace is only 33 years old and he's solidified himself as one of the best left tackles in the history of the NFL.  The guy has got the talent, and a change of scenery and a little bit of a chip on the shoulder will work wonders for a man at that age in the league.  He's battled injury the last two seasons, but that is not an excuse to write the guy off.  I can count about 8 teams that are chomping at the bit to sign him right now.  Plus that move would free up a top 60 draft pick for all 8 of those teams considering drafting an RT or LT. 

And for you, Prisco...your football analysis is pretty weak.  I have to say it.  I dont often comment on these boards but I just think its getting somewhat ridiculous that you say so many obviously wrong things and dont get called out. CBS should really look elsewhere for their NFL op-eds.  I'd rather read from John Clayton's blog than read yours.  Unfortunately I use this fantasy website so i'm kind of stuck with your blathering.




Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2009 7:53 pm
 

Letting Pace go was the right move

Not only did Andre Smith have a poor combine, his weight is a real issue as well.  There are some questions right now as to whether A. Smith wouldn't be a better RT than LT in the NFL.  He'll almost certainly be a 1st round pick because of his immense talent, but he wouldn't be as safe a pick for the Rams as either Jason Smith or Eugene Monroe.

Good luck, Big O.  You were a true pro with the Rams, and I'll look forward to the day when you are inducted into the Hall of Fame.  




Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2009 7:36 pm
 

Letting Pace go was the right move

I read that Andre Smith had a poor combine.  Didn't come prepared and left early.  So who knows, really.  Makes you wonder how he's handling the transition from College Bro's to Pro's.  What's his background?  He went to Huffman High in Birmingham (Alabama, not Michigan). Huffman is a magnet school but I don't know if it's in the bad part of town.  Is he into something that he shouldn't be?  either way, these could all be danger signs.  You don't want danger signs from a first round pick.  Maybe it's nothing but he hasn't been working out much.  He obviously didn't follow the instructions to attend the combine.  They have to advise you with a desired packing list.  Where was his coach on this?  Nick Saben is no dummy.  Maybe Saben doesn't advise his kids that leave for th ePros early.  I'm out. 

 




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2009 7:29 pm
 

Letting Pace go was the right move

 Basicly he did not workout at all, and also decided just not to show up after saying he would be there an did not tell any one! He also had terrible interviews with teams and told them that he is a lazy person! Real smart guy!




Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2009 7:22 pm
 

Letting Pace go was the right move

Andre Smith decided to skip out on part of the combine.  I think he missed some important drills, including the 40 yard dash.  If someone can skip something that can make or break their future, then it sends NFL teams the message that once he signs his contract, then he will half ass all games and practices.

 

 




Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2009 7:17 pm
 

Letting Pace go was the right move

I follow the nfl religously, but not college and the draft as much. I remember hearing during the season that Andre Smith jr. of Alabama was the greatest offensive tackle prospect? I know there was the whole agent confrontation with Nick Saban during their bowl, but was that enough to knock him down? Teams claim to care about character, but clowns, such as Larry Johnson, are not only allowed to play but also are paid well despite some heinous crimes. While talking to an agent early does say something about a player, it seems to me that that is a reliativly inocent crime in comparison. 

Was it a character issue?

Was the source that said he was the best tackle prospect wrong?

Did the scouts see something to change their minds?

Can anyone tell me why he isn't considered in the top 2 tackle prospects anymore?



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