Akeem Ayers

Rams interested in trading down

Rams GM Billy Daveney has stated that he and his staff are already discussing the possibility of trading down on draft day.

It makes perfect sense and is probably their dream scenario unless Julio Jones is on the board.

The Rams only glaring need is a wide receiver, but only Jones and A.J. Green are likely to get top 15 grades from many teams. However, there could be two or three receivers – Torrey Smith, Jon Baldwin and Titus Young – worthy of a late 1st-round selection.

In addition to receiver, two other primary areas of need in St. Louis – outside linebacker and cornerback – are lacking mid-1st-round talent, making the move even more likely. In a situation where Jones, Akeem Ayers, Prince Amukamara and Jimmy Smith are all off the board, the Rams may be forced to trade down or settle for someone at a position that doesn’t fill a hole.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft, Rams Comments Off

Akeem Ayers scouting report

Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 255

Strengths:
Prototypical strong-side linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. May have the ability to play outside in a 3-4 system as well. Great ball skills for a linebacker (six career interceptions). Voted team captain in 2010. Rare athleticism for his size. Long arms allow him to wrap up running backs and drive them to the ground. An explosive tackler; has a knack for forcing fumbles.
Weaknesses:
Overaggressive. Picks a direction and goes full speed, resulting in too many missed opportunities. Needs to improve instincts and learn that full speed isn’t always the best route to take.
Comments:
Ayers is one of the few top-rated players capable of playing linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. He has tons of raw talent, but he may struggle initially. He’s an easy player to confuse, and gets caught out of position too often, such as biting on play action and pump fakes. However, all of his flaws are fixable, giving him tons of upside. Definitely has the potential to be a perennial Pro Bowler.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 1 Comment