Rumor has it there is a good chance the Rams are going to trade down in the upcoming college draft. Makes me wonder who we (the Rams) should be going after? College picks can be such a roll of the dice. Will his game transfer to the NFL? What character defects will be exposed? How will he handle the pressures of wealth and fame? For my money I’d rather have a proven commodity. So, my mind turns to free agency. If I could pick up anyone I wanted… who would it be? Without a doubt it would be Carl Nicks, Pro Bowl guard for the New Orleans Saints. He is a valued player for the Saints, but if he gets rolled over by the Drew-Brees-Payday-Train, it is possible the Saints would need to cut cap space and he could land on the chopping block (a man can dream can’t he).
Funny thing is that Nicks was one of the guys people had questions about coming into the 2008 draft. After being arrested his senior year at Nebraska, he was drafted in the 5th round by the Saints. In his rookie NFL season he was brought in to replace the injured Jamar Nesbit and Nicks clearly made the most of the opportunity. He displayed exemplary performance on the field while off the field he went so far as to apologize to head coach Bo Pelini for his behavior as a Nebraska athlete. Nicks became the Saints starting left guard in 2009 and has started every game since. His behavior has not been perfect (and whose is?), but his playing excellence earned him a selection to the 2010 and 2011 Pro Bowl (in 2011 he was also named as an AP 1st-First-Team All-Pro).
It’s a long shot that Nick’s will actually be released to free agency, but if he does, I think the Rams should take a serious look at this talented and proven player.