Saturday, March 17, 2012
Rams sign Kendall Langford
A quick statistical rundown for Langford:
2008 - 31 tackles, 2 sacks
2009 - 43 tackles, 2.5 sacks
2010 - 47 tackles, 3 sacks
2011 - 20 tackles, no sacks
Scouting report by Scouts Inc.:
Big, strong, athletic defensive end with decent athleticism who is best playing versus the run. He has improved his hand use and pad level to restrict running lanes. He has improved his ability to push the pocket as a pass-rusher but continues to struggle with his counter moves. He is a limited-area defender and doesn't show much range to the sideline.
Scouts Inc. grades Langford 75 out of 100, at the "good starter" level.
This deal has a certain amount of gamble to it. RamView didn't rank Langford highly because he's converting from 3-4 DE, which doesn't seem to work a whole lot, and because of his statistical dropoff last year. But Langford is young, a super tackler and is potentially a run-stopping force in the middle of the line for a franchise that traditionally lacks one. As much as the move can be considered a gamble, it looks like the Rams took a good one.
Reports indicate the Rams are also still pursuing Titans lineman Jason Jones. Hey, you've got to be strong up the middle in football. The Rams have been notoriously week there in recent years, but the new front office is taking strong strides in 2012 to remedy that.