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    St. Louis Rams sign 13 rookie free agents

    By Jim Thomas

    Surprisingly, the Rams went through the entire three-day NFL draft without selecting a running back among their 11 picks. But the Rams are shaking the bushes for potential help in the backfield.

    Two of the 13 undrafted rookies signed to free agent contracts by St. Louis are running backs, including All-Big 12 selection Keith Toston of Oklahoma State. Toston, 6-0, 213, gained 1,218 yards and scored 11 rushing touchdowns last season for the Cowboys. He also caught 25 passes for 261 yards.

    Over his college career, Toston averaged 5.8 yards a carry and gained 2,725 yards rushing. A tough downhill runner with good vision, Toston lacks breakaway speed, which may explain why he wasn't drafted. He was recently timed in 4.6 seconds in the 40.

    The other rookie free agent running back is De'Maundray Woolridge of Idaho. Nicknamed the Diesel, the 5-9, 241-pound Woolridge was named Humanitarian Bowl MVP after scoring two TDs. Overall, he scored 18 TDs last season, rushing for 979 yards on 171 carries.

    Other free agents signed by Rams

    Jermelle Cudjo; DT; 6-3; 298; Central Oklahoma
    Four-year starter played in Cactus Bowl all-star game after finishing with 58 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks.

    Freddie Harris; LB; 6-2; 227; Central Oklahoma
    DE in college, projected as outside LB in NFL; team-high six sacks; ran a 4.49 at his pro day.

    Cardia Jackson; LB; 6-2; 240; Louisiana-Monroe
    Sun Belt Conference co-defensive player of the year; had league-high 117 tackles.

    Jeromy Jones; SS; 6-1; 200; Idaho
    Had 58 tackles and three forced fumbles in '09; key interception in Humanitarian Bowl.

    Simoni Lawrence; LB; 6-0; 232; Minnesota
    Team captain had with 85 tackles, two INTs; good workout at NFL scouting combine.

    Thaddeus Lewis; QB; 6-1; 215; Duke
    Set or tied 54 school records; 10,065 career passing yards is second best in ACC history.

    Jamie McCoy; FB; 6-3; 242; Texas A&M
    Caught 78 passes for 867 yards over final two college seasons; will be tried at fullback.

    Brandon McRae; WR; 6-4; 205; Mississippi State
    Had 51 catches for 518 yards as a junior in '08 but suffered a late-season broken leg.

    Roderick Owens; WR; 6-0; 183; Florida State
    Led Seminoles with 61 catches for 729 yards in '09; had 98-yard TD pass vs. North Carolina.

    Darian Stewart; SS; 5-11; 216; South Carolina
    Three-year starter had 58 tackles, seven tackles for loss, three breakups in '09.

    Kennedy Tinsley; FB; 5-11; 226; North Carolina
    Reserve linebacker and special teamer will be tried at fullback in St. Louis.

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  • RamWraith
    Rams sign 12 rookie free agents
    by RamWraith

    After making their eight draft picks, the Rams agreed to terms with 12 rookie free agents.

    The list:

    Name, Pos. ... Ht., Wt. ... College

    Yvenson Bernard, RB ... 5-8, 204 ... Oregon State

    Vernon Bryant, DT ... 6-2, 285 ... Hampton

    Matt Caddell, WR ... 6-0, 187 ... Alabama

    Vincent Hall, LB ... 5-11, 238 ... Virginia Tech

    Rodney Hardeway, DE ... 6-3, 230 ... Louisiana-Lafayette

    Joshua Hyman, WR ... 5-11, 191 ... Virginia Tech

    Doug Jones, TE ... 6-4, 275 ... Cincinnati

    Marc Magro, LB ... 6-3, 240 ... West Virginia

    Brandon McAnderson, FB ... 5-11, 238 ... Kansas

    Justin McKinney, CB ... 5-10, 188 ... Kansas State

    Stephen Sene, OT ... 6-5, 326 ... Liberty

    Joshua Thompson, DT ... 6-0, 301 ... Auburn

    Notes on each player, as provided by the Rams' media relations department:

    * Bernard totaled 3,862 career rushing yards, second in Oregon State history, and 38 rushing touchdowns.

    * Bryant collected a career-high 47 tackles (11 solo) and three sacks for Hampton in 2007.

    * Caddell was Alabama's No. 2 leading receiver with 40 receptions for 475 yards in '07.

    * Hall recorded 404 tackles at Virginia Tech and became the ninth player in school history to lead the team in tackles twice.
    * Hardeway led the Sun Belt Conference with seven sacks in '07.

    * Hyman was Virginia Tech's No. 4 receiver with 26 catches for 343 yards.

    * Jones played tight end and fullback over the last four seasons for Cincinnati.

    * Magro started all 13 games for West Virginia in '07, totaling 83 tackles and eight sacks.

    * McAnderson rushed for 1,125 yards with 16 touchdowns last season for KU in '07.

    * McKinney finished his career at Kansas State with 157 tackles and six interceptions.

    * Sene started three seasons at left tackle for Liberty, earning Big South All-Conference honors the last two.

    * Thompson started 26 consecutive games to end his career at Auburn. He led the Tigers with 67 tackles in '07.
    -04-28-2008, 02:23 PM
  • Nick
    Gil Brandt's Hot 100 + 40: Leonard Williams top prospect in 2015 NFL Draft
    by Nick
    Hot 100 + 40: Leonard Williams top prospect in 2015 NFL Draft
    By Gil Brandt
    NFL Media senior analyst
    Published: April 23, 2015 at 02:15 p.m. Updated: April 23, 2015 at 07:21 p.m. 48 Likes | 10 Comments

    Every NFL draft is a little bit different. While this year's class probably doesn't have as many elite players at the top as we've seen in previous years, there will be a lot of very good players from the middle of the first round to the middle of the second, starting from about No. 12 on my Hot 100 rankings to about No. 50. That tier of players is probably a better group this year than it was last year. In particular, there's a very strong group of wide receivers and running backs this year.

    In addition, I believe the top three players in my rankings each have the ability to be perennial Pro Bowl players.

    Without further ado, here are my Hot 100 prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. The 40-yard-dash times listed below were hand-timed.

    1. Leonard Williams, DL, USC
    A three-year player, Williams (6-4 5/8, 302 pounds, 4.91 40) is a special athlete who totaled six sacks in the 2014 season along with 76 tackles and 22 quarterback pressures.

    2. Dante Fowler, Jr., OLB, Florida
    Fowler (6-2 5/8, 261 pounds, 4.56 40), a three-year player from Florida, can play standing up or with his hand on the ground. He had 8.5 sacks and 60 tackles last season.

    3. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
    Of Cooper's (6-0 7/8, 211 pounds, 4.31 40) 124 catches last season, 77 of them went for first downs, and he had 16 touchdowns. He had six drops, including four vs. LSU.

    4. Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
    White (6-2 5/8, 215 pounds, 4.27 40) played two seasons at West Virginia and broke out with 109 catches and 10 touchdowns as a senior. Of his 163 targets, he had just five drops.

    5. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
    Winston (6-3 3/4, 231 pounds, 4.91 40) redshirted as a freshman and played only two years, but he's very smart and has a good football IQ. Last season he completed 305 of 467 passes, with 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

    6. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
    Gurley (6-0 5/8, 222 pounds, no 40 time) will have to be medically cleared from his knee injury. Before he was hurt last season, he rushed for 911 yards on 123 carries (7.4-yard average) with nine touchdowns. He will block and can catch out of the backfield.

    7. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
    A three-year player, Mariota (6-foot-3 3/4, 222 pounds, 4.43 40) does not call plays or take the ball under center, but he averaged 9 yards per play and had a 42-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

    8. Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa
    Scherff (6-4 5/8, 319 pounds, 5.00 40) is a four-year player who has great punch and was well coached at Iowa. He's very much like Zack Martin...
    -04-26-2015, 05:11 AM
  • RamWraith
    Tate tops Rams' list of new free agents
    by RamWraith
    By Bill Coats
    Tuesday, May. 01 2007

    The Rams have supplemented their eight draft picks by signing or agreeing to
    terms with at least 16 rookie free agents. Although the team has not released
    the names, the Post-Dispatch learned of 12 through various sources Monday:

    — Wide receiver Lamart Barrett (6 feet, 191 pounds), North Carolina State

    — Tight end Steve Buches (6-4, 251), Pittsburgh

    — Free safety Jeffrey Dukes, (6-2, 199), Alabama

    — Safety Andre Kirkland (6-1, 205), Kent State

    — Fullback Brad Lau (6-0, 237), Boise State

    — Kicker Kevin Lovell (5-10, 165), Cincinnati

    — Linebacker Kevin "Boo" McLee (6-1, 244), West Virginia

    — Wide receiver Nate Morton (6-2, 210), Wake Forest

    — Quarterback Drew Tate (5-11, 200), Iowa

    — Guard David Thompson (6-3, 310), Massachusetts

    — Cornerback Darius Vinnett (5-8, 170), Arkansas

    — Defensive end Ryan Willis (6-3, 270), Louisiana State

    Of that group, Tate probably is the most recognizable, and perhaps the most
    intriguing. When he left Lee High in Baytown, Texas, he held state records for
    completions (970), attempts (1,576), passing yards (12,180) and touchdown
    passes (113).

    Tate was a big hit early in his career at Iowa. The Hawkeyes won a share of the
    Big Ten Conference championship in 2004, his sophomore year. Tate capped that
    10-2 season with a 56-yard, last-second touchdown pass, giving Iowa a 30-25
    victory over defending national champion Louisiana State in the Capital One

    The Hawkeyes slipped to 7-5 in 2005, then finished 6-7 last year with Tate
    injured much of the season. "I've never missed a football practice in my life
    until this year," Tate told reporters. "It was horrible. For all the years I
    missed getting hurt, it all just came down to this year."

    Still, Tate wound up his career as one of the most productive quarterbacks in
    Iowa history: second in passing yards (8,018), completions (650), attempts
    (1,065), touchdown passes (59) and total offense (8,143), and third in
    completion percentage (61.0).

    The Rams are set at quarterback, with Marc Bulger as the starter and veteran
    Gus Frerotte as his backup. Although Tate might wind up as nothing more than a
    "camp arm" this summer, a strong showing would help him challenge Ryan
    Fitzpatrick for the No. 3 spot on the roster.
    -05-01-2007, 05:02 AM
  • Frito
    Best of the Rest? Undrafted Free Agents...
    by Frito
    Just curious. Would like to see who you serious Ram Fans think the Rams should go after out of the unsigned Class of 2008.

    What needs are left?
    A Running Back to compete as back-up to Steven Jackson.
    A Full Back to Block for him?
    A Third QB?

    I for one am surprised Dantrell Savage RB from OSU was not selected and think he would make a nice addition.

    Height: 5-9 Weight: 195
    6.5-yard-per-carry average ... Of the nation’s top 50 rushers, only three averaged more yards per carry ...
    -04-28-2008, 04:19 PM
  • MauiRam
    A Little Closer Look at Keith Toston ..
    by MauiRam
    East-West Shrine Game: Keith Toston (Oklahoma State) showed a well rounded game today. He stays low, showing great patience and vision every time he carries the ball, as he smoothly glides across the field while getting five-seven yard carries regularly in practice today. He is a very agile back, and can maneuver his way through trash at the line of scrimmage. His feet are outstanding and he runs under control even though he can make ankle-breaking cuts on a dime. Toston even showed some toughness today because Chris Thomas (DB - Air Force) was crushing players today, but he could not make Toston lose his feet. His low center of gravity and balance was surely making NFL scouts drool. – Draft Guys (01.20.10)

    East-West Shrine Game: Keith Toston (Oklahoma State) impressed me once again with his lightning quick stutter step. His leg drive after contact and his ball security was top notch as several defenders were trying to strip the ball away from him but to no avail. He has great body control and balance. Toston spun away from contact, and then used an arm bar to keep Dexter Davis away. He also has the ability to spin when trying to pick up extra yardage after already being wrapped up. Even though he’s not the biggest back he does run with adequate “pop”. It’s advisable not to blink when Toston is on the field because he can get to the second level in a hurry. – Draft Guys (01.19.10)

    East-West Shrine Game: Keith Toston (Oklahoma State) was the most explosive running back on the West team. He showed good quickness after the handoff, and good inside/out ability. Toston would not try to bounce his runs outside, but when he was in the second level of the defense he’d cut towards the sidelines and turn on the speed; solid footwork and natural instincts for running the football. – Draft Guys (01.18.10)

    Quote from Oklahoma State Cowboy Football :

    Keith Toston
    Height / Weight:
    6-0 / 214

    A senior running back coming off a very productive junior season ... A physical but fast runner ... Should end his career firmly entrenched on OSU's career rushing charts ... Has 1,507 career rushing yards entering 2009 ... Averages 6.1 yards per rush for his career ... Has 16 career rushing touchdowns to rank No. 13 all-time at OSU in that category ... Has three career 100-yard rushing games, including two in 2008 ... Overcame a season-ending injury in 2007 to become an important offensive weapon in 2008.

    2008 (Junior): Averaged 6.7 yards per rush as a junior with nine scores ... His yards per carry led all OSU running backs ... Ran for more than 100 yards in consecutive games with 132 yards and two scores against Missouri State (on just 11 carries), and 114 yards and two touchdowns against Troy ... Ran nine times for 59 yards against Texas A&M ... Scored a TD in six games ... Ran for 78 yards and two scores against...
    -05-31-2010, 11:08 AM