Story courtesy of Kevin McCrarey, South Carolina’s Sports Talk Network.
St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher was in Columbia Wednesday to get a closer look at USC wide receiver Ace Sanders. Rams General Manager Les Snead was also on the trip along with a few other assistants, including offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Fisher confirmed he was in town to see Sanders, but did not elaborate on how the meeting went. Shortly after the meeting Sanders sent a satisfactory tweet:
Ace Sanders @AceSanders1
“Think I did what I was supposed to do.”
Sanders was a first team All-SEC player last year and was the offensive MVP in the Outback Bowl. Like a many teams, the Rams are making the rounds at a lot of different schools to get one last up close look at potential draft picks.
The Rams have tapped into the Palmetto State for quite a few players the past few years. Defensive back Darian Stewart and offensive lineman Rockevious Watkins, two former Gamecocks, were on the roster last year. During the offseason the team signed former Gamecock tight end Jared Cook to a huge free agent contract. Fisher coached Cook when the two were with the Titans.
Last year the Rams selected Blythewood native and former Appalachian State standout Joe Quick early in the draft. Going back further, St. Louis drafted Clemson’s Tye Hill in the first round several years ago.
That South Carolina to St. Louis pipeline could continue next week. Recently former USC running back Marcus Lattimore said St. Louis was one of the teams he’s been talking to prior to the draft. And at least one report has indicated the Rams could be interested in Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
Most draft experts expect Sanders to be anywhere from a second to fourth round pick. Lattimore’s draft stock is unclear because of two major knee injuries the past two seasons. Hopkins could go in the first two rounds.