When it comes to drafting offensive linemen in the first round, Jeff Fisher made it crystal clear Friday that history may not repeat itself.
In his 16 full seasons as head coach of the Houston-Tennessee franchise, Fisher never drafted an offensive lineman in the first round.
So would he be comfortable taking a guard or tackle in the first round as he prepares for his second NFL draft with the Rams?
“Yeah. I’d draft just about any position in the first round, except maybe a kicker or punter,” Fisher said. “We don’t need those.”
That can’t be said about the offensive line, particularly the left guard and right tackle positions. Those are definite areas of need.
Asked the same question earlier Friday, general manager Les Snead also kept the door wide open.
“Here’s what we need. We need the best players,” Snead said. “Traditionally guard, right tackle, maybe they’re not valued for some reason.”
But if a guard or right tackle is “gonna actually dominate, help us really become a dominant team, draft that,” Snead said.
Apparently, those weren’t idle comments, because offensive tackles Lane Johnson of Oklahoma and D.J. Fluker of Alabama both said they had formal — or “suite” — interviews with the Rams at the NFL scouting combine. Fluker’s took place Thursday night and Johnson’s on Friday evening.
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