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    The Official Rams UDFA Signing Thread

    Please use this thread to report and keep track of all Rams undrafted free agent signings, so we can try and come up with a comprehensive list.

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    Re: The Official Rams UDFA Signing Thread

    I still see nothing being reported for the Rams here. Anybody have anything?

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    Re: The Official Rams UDFA Signing Thread

    Nope, I've seen nothing yet.
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    Re: The Official Rams UDFA Signing Thread

    Alex Bayer TE Bowling Green

    Also heard an OT from Oklahoma but didn't catch his name.

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    Re: The Official Rams UDFA Signing Thread

    Shane P. Hallam ‏@ShanePHallam 1m
    Cal Poly LB Johnny Millard to the #Rams per @SLOcollegebeat
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    Re: The Official Rams UDFA Signing Thread

    Jarrid Bryant CB South Dakota

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    Re: The Official Rams UDFA Signing Thread

    FWIW I grabbed this from another site who seems to have gotten the info from these players individual twitter accounts.

    UDFA SIGNINGS

    Aaron Hill, LB, Minnesota

    Alex Bayer, TE, Bowling Green

    Ethan Westbrooks, DE, West Texas A&M

    Jarrid Bryant, DB, University of South Dakota

    Johnny Millard, LB, Cal Poly

    Jamain Sherman, WR, East Texas Baptist University

    Kadeem Jones, FB, Western Kentucky University

    Avery Cunningham, FS, CMU

    Austin Franklin, WR, New Mexico State

    Emmanuel McCray, LB, Ole Miss

    Trey Watts, RB, University of Tulsa
    Last edited by ramsbruce; -05-10-2014 at 10:54 PM. Reason: Added to list.
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    Re: The Official Rams UDFA Signing Thread

    Why Not Brandon Coleman. Couldn't hurt to give him a look, unless someone already has him locked up.

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    Re: The Official Rams UDFA Signing Thread

    c'mon morgan breslin

    shame he wasn't drafted

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    Re: The Official Rams UDFA Signing Thread

    I don't know any of these guys. Are there any diamonds hiding in that list?

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    Re: The Official Rams UDFA Signing Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by turbofargo View Post
    Why Not Brandon Coleman. Couldn't hurt to give him a look, unless someone already has him locked up.
    Coleman signed with the Saints.

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    Re: The Official Rams UDFA Signing Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by citr92 View Post
    c'mon morgan breslin

    shame he wasn't drafted
    Breslin signed with the Whiners.

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    Re: The Official Rams UDFA Signing Thread

    From the Weekly Equalizer:

    Dan Genzler • Fri, Oct 04, 2013

    All Jarrid Bryant wanted was a chance.

    After some travails, the 6-4, 195 pound starting cornerback from Corona, Calif., has found a home and opportunity with the South Dakota Football Program, helping the Coyotes to a 3-3 record in the Missouri Valley Conference and 4-5 overall.

    “Coming here was the best decision of my life,” said Bryant, who came to USD by way of Arizona State. “All I wanted to do was play. Now, I go hard on every rep – game or practice – because I know what it is like not to have it. I just want to work my tail off; to show up on Saturday, have fun and help this team win,” he said.

    Not having it – opportunity - was a reality for Bryant, who roughly two years ago found himself in a tough situation with the Sun Devils. Originally, recruited as a wide receiver, he endured a coaching change and a switch to the defensive backfield.
    With just one year of eligibility left, Bryant was at a crossroads. He was in the wrong spot on the ASU depth chart with little chance for advancement. He was nearly ready to give up football. But, Bryant has never been a quitter. With his grades slipping, Bryant made a life decision to go through spring ball at ASU, putting together some film that could be used to try and earn a shot playing somewhere else.

    Last spring, an email caught the eye of USD defensive coordinator Jason Petrino, who saw the practice tape of the long and athletic Bryant.
    “He was an intriguing prospect but one that just a year left,” said Petrino. “We decided to check him out and get a grasp on his situation and reason for leaving the ASU program. Once we talked with him we found a mature guy, who was taking the steps necessary to be able to play.”

    Before he could come to South Dakota, he needed to finish his undergraduate degree in general studies. When that was completed, he was on his way to the Coyotes.
    He had his chance even if it was one without any guarantees.
    For Bryant to find his way to South Dakota’s flagship university was a circuitous route that began as a teenager. When he was 16, he and his brother Jamual transferred to the private all-boys Salisbury Prep boarding school in Connecticut after their mother lost her job and the family faced eviction from their home. While they went to boarding school, their mother Angela, who had divorced from their father Joseph much earlier, looked for work and stayed with friends in California.

    It was a tough, if not lonely road, for the two brothers, but the two of them made way through, even though football wasn’t initially the way to a future. Both he and his brother were standout basketball players. In fact, it was a friend, Forrest West, now a defensive end at North Carolina State, who challenged them to play football at Salisbury Prep, located in the northwest corner of the state.

    “He said if we gave football a try, he would come out for basketball,” said Bryant, who at one point was recruited for basketball by Tulane, SMU and others.
    As a senior, he caught the eye of ASU, Boston College, Kansas, California and New Hampshire recruiters as an athlete after catching 10 passes for 140 yards and two TDs and scoring five times on kickoff returns and three more as a punt return specialist. He was headed to New Hampshire when ASU entered the picture. He headed to the Arizona campus as a wide out, but things didn’t go as he had hoped, which brought him to South Dakota.
    After arriving at USD, Bryant, a graduate student in interdisciplinary studies, was immediately accepted by his teammates. “They are great guys, who welcomed me to the football family right away,” said Bryant, who helps mentor young USD players in academics.
    “Jarrid (Bryant) is a good player and a better person,” said South Dakota Head coach Joe Glenn, who has tremendous respect for Bryant’s resilience and upbeat perspective. “Jarrid has a great respect for the game. I really like his confidence on the field and especially the positive energy he brings to the program.”

    With three games to go in his collegiate career, Bryant is soaking it all in while serving as an example of what can happen when guy doesn’t give up but keeps on fighting through, even if prospects appear dim.

    Bryant has played a significant role for the South Dakota defense, the top-ranked pass defense unit in the Valley, which ranks second nationally (142 yards per game) and 14th in overall defense in the FCS.

    “He has come in and stabilized one corner, providing consistency,” said Petrino, of Bryant, who has two interceptions, fumble recovery and 33 tackles through nine games. “He is a big presence on the corner but more importantly, he gets what it takes to play there.”
    While his play has earned raves from the Coyote coaching staff, Bryant is just happy for a place to play.

    He called the win 38-31 overtime win over #11 Northern Iowa on the road the “most fun” he has had in football. “It was really a remarkable comeback. We just keep fighting and staying in it.”

    Staying in it, likely describes Bryant, who through it all, has felt the support of his family, albeit from different parts of the country. When the Coyotes host SDSU this week, his entire family will be at the Dome on Senior Day, including his father, Joseph, his mother, along with brother Jamual and older brother Jovan.

    “I am looking forward to having everyone here,” said Bryant, who will celebrate an early Thanksgiving with his family. “Big time games like SDSU bring out of the best in you. Regardless, I just want to keep working, getting better,” he said.
    Amazing what a chance does for a guy.

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    Re: The Official Rams UDFA Signing Thread

    On Alex Bayer

    By Ian Davis @iandavis95 on May 10 2014, 7:43p

    Alex Bayer the two time 3rd team All-MAC Bowling Green State tight end is now a St. Louis Ram after signing with them as an undrafted free agent.

    Bayer was a great weapon for BGSU. The 2012, 2013 John Mackey Mid-Season Watch List member caught 37 passes, 593 yards, averaged 42.4 yards receiving per game with 4 touchdowns. The 257 pound 6 foot 4 Tight End was also a great run blocker for BGSU helping his teammate Travis Greene set the record for most rushing yards by a BGSU Running Back last season.

    The four year starter at BGSU was named team captain by his teammates last season. He has played in at least 12 games the last four years. So he is either really lucky for not getting hurt in four years or extremely durable at the TE position. Before college he was also an Ohio Prep baseball player.

    COMBINE / PRO DAY RESULTS

    HEIGHT: 6'3"

    WEIGHT: 257 lb.s

    HANDS: 9 3/4"

    VERTICAL: 31.5"

    BENCH PRESS: 20

    BROAD JUMP: 9'3"

    40-YARD DASH: 4.77 sec.

    20-YARD SHUTTLE: 4.42 sec.

    3-CONE DRILL: 7.26 sec.

    The Rams are getting a TE that still needs some molding. Bayer is slower than most TE in this year's draft class, with his below average wheels he doesn't get away from his defender during his routes. His longest touchdown in four years was 57 yards. Not a touchdown scorer, only 4 last year. He is not a good enough blocker that you can push inside to make an offensive lineman.
    By Jeremy Dugans @Jeremy_Dugans on Apr 15 2014, 5:00p

    Former Bowling Green Falcons tight end Alex Bayer was as consistent as they come. A three year starter, at 6-4 257 pounds Bayer is looking to give BG two straight years with at least one player taken in the Draft (*we incorrectly said a BGSU player hadn't been drafted since 2008, when in fact Chris Jones went in the sixth round in 2012). It is a feat both he and teammate Jerry Gates are hoping to accomplish on Draft weekend.

    Bayer caught at least 20 or more passes in all four of his seasons at BGSU. As a freshman he caught 22 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown. Bayer stayed consistent as a sophomore posting 20 receptions for 242 yards and 2 touchdowns. As a junior he finally made a big leap when he hauled in 36 receptions for 410 yards and 3 touchdowns. Bayer put together his best season as a senior posting 37 receptions for 593 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns. He finished his BGSU career with 51 games played, 115 passes caught, 1,543 yards receiving (13.4 yards per catch), and 10 total touchdowns.

    Bayer currently projects as a pick anywhere between the sixth round and an undrafted free agent. The latter may not be the worst option for him. He has a unique skill set and can be utilized immediately in the right scheme. A team such as the Seahawks or Buccaneers who rotate tight ends may be a great fit.

    Bayer is a consistent receiver all season, and has great blocking skills. He picked a great game to have his best showing as a Falcon. Bayer caught seven passes for a team-high 124 yards and a touchdown in the MAC Championship game against the Northern Illinois Huskies. Bayer was sure to make people know his championship game was no fluke, posting 57 yards and a touchdown reception in the Little Caesar's Bowl against the Pittsburgh Panthers.

    Bayer came on late for the Falcons and finished the year as a Third-Team All-MAC player for a second consecutive season. Bayer is a durable guy, starting for three consecutive seasons without missing a game.

    Bayer enters the 2014 NFL draft as the 19th ranked prospect at the position, out of 106 players eligible at the tight end position. Bayer had a good showing at his Pro Day with a 4.77 40-yard-dash, as well as a 31.5 vertical jump. His 7.26 cone drill, and 20 reps on the bench press were both impressive for his position.

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been scouting Bayer pretty hard. Tight ends coach Jon Embree was on hand when BGSU hosted its Pro Day. The Bucs have also brought Bayer in for an interview, which could indicate just how excited the Bucs are to pursue him on Draft Day.

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    Re: The Official Rams UDFA Signing Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by ramsbruce View Post
    Breslin signed with the Whiners.
    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    dern it
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