Player News - Rams

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Rams sixth-round RB John Kelly has pleaded guilty and received judicial diversion in his misdemeanor marijuana case.

Kelly must pay a fine in addition to court costs. As long as he fulfills the terms of his diversion, the matter will be expunged from his record. The Rams knew about the case before making Kelly the No. 176 overall pick.
May 22 - 3:38 PM

Rams second-year WR Josh Reynolds underwent offseason shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.

He suffered the injury on special teams in the fourth quarter of the Wild Card loss to the Falcons in January. It's fair to wonder if Reynolds will even be ready for the start of training camp. The sophomore was talked about as a potential fantasy sleeper after the Rams failed to re-sign Sammy Watkins, but L.A. later traded for Brandin Cooks. Reynolds will again be the No. 4 wideout.
May 21 - 8:23 PM

Rams fifth-round OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo recently underwent foot surgery and will be sidelined until training camp.

Okoronkwo tumbled to the fifth round where the Rams traded up with the Broncos to take him at No. 160 overall. At 6'2/253, Okoronkwo won Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Big 12 last season and is a plus athlete at his position. He enters an EDGE spot in L.A. where the Rams are in an overhaul, replacing 2017 starters Robert Quinn and Connor Barwin. Okoronkwo missing important practice time this summer lessens his chances of making an early impact.
May 21 - 7:02 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Aaron Donald will not participate in OTAs.

It is not a surprise considering he held out through training camp last year in search of a new deal, one which he has yet to be awarded despite earning Defensive Player of the Year honors last season. Donald is scheduled to make $6.892 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
May 21 - 9:40 AM

Rams signed Indiana ILB Tegray Scales.

Scales (6’0/230) was an undersized playmaking middle linebacker at IU, finishing third in school history in career tackles for loss (46) along with 18 sacks and 8 interceptions as a 26-game starter. As a senior, Scales earned Indiana’s first first-team All-Big Ten selection since 1988. An ubiquitous presence in all of his games, Scales showed sideline-to-sideline athleticism in addition to cover skills and competent run-thumping punch. Scales’ lone shortcoming is his size.
Apr 29 - 9:56 AM

Rams selected SMU LB Justin Lawler with the No. 244 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Lawler (6’4/264) was a three-year starter and four-year contributor on the Mustangs’ defensive line, tallying 39.5 career tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks. He blocked six kicks on special teams, including three as a senior. Snubbed for a Combine invite, Lawler showed why with a 5.02 forty and 27-inch vertical at SMU’s Pro Day. Ultimately, Lawler was a good college pass rusher whose skill set is unlikely to translate smoothly to the far-more-athletic pros.
Apr 28 - 6:27 PM

Rams selected TCU LB Travin Howard with the No. 231 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

A former safety, Howard (6'0/215) led the Big 12 with 130 tackles as a junior in 2016. Howard is lightning quick and can hold his own in coverage but will have to put on weight if he hopes to stick at linebacker in the pros. Long-term, he might be a better fit at safety.
Apr 28 - 5:57 PM

Rams selected Louisville DE Trevon Young with the No. 205 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Young (6’4/258) showed promise with 8.5 sacks as a 2015 sophomore before missing the entire 2016 season with a dislocated and fractured hip, then managing 12 tackles for loss (4.5 sacks) in 13 games as a senior. Young helped himself at the Combine with respectable 48th-percentile SPARQ results and measured in with impressive 33 3/4-inch arms. Young wasn’t the same player his first year back from the hip injury, but he offers enough edge-rush potential to be a worthwhile flier.
Apr 28 - 4:59 PM

Rams selected Rutgers DT Sebastian Joseph with the No. 195 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Joseph (6'4/305) logged 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and 90 total tackles including 14.5 tackles for loss during his tenure at Rutgers. He showed well by running a 4.97 forty at his Pro Day and offers uncommon athleticism for a player of his size. Joseph projects as a run-stopping five technique in the Rams' 3-4.
Apr 28 - 4:32 PM

Rams selected Maine OG Jamil Demby with the No. 192 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Demby (6’5/335) was a four-year starter at left tackle for the Black Bears, earning first-team FCS All-American as a senior and dominating his small-school opponents with massive size. Demby failed to show NFL-caliber athleticism at the Combine, managing second-percentile SPARQ results and only 17 reps on the bench. Demby would likely have a better shot at an NFL career by kicking inside to guard.
Apr 28 - 4:25 PM

Rams drafted Tennessee RB John Kelly with the No. 176 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Kelly (5’10/216) sat behind Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara before taking over as the Vols’ lead back as a 2017 junior, logging a 189/778/9 rushing line and 37/299/0 receiving. Kelly averaged only 4.1 yards per carry in his breakout year, however, and a whopping 27% of his career runs went for no gain or negative yards. He managed a 4.64 forty-yard dash before the draft. Although Kelly’s production and college efficiency don’t stand out, his tape shows an innate tackle breaker with one of the highest passing-game ceilings in this running back class. NFL Films’ Greg Cosell compared Kelly to Devonta Freeman. Unfortunately, Kelly slipped to the sixth round and will lack opportunity in L.A. as he competes with Malcolm Brown for backup work behind Todd Gurley.
Apr 28 - 3:38 PM

The Rams traded up to select Oklahoma pass rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo with the No. 160 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Rams sent two sixth-round picks to the Broncos. Okoronkwo (6’2/253) made 26 starts at end-linebacker for the Sooners, tallying 34.5 career tackles for loss, 21 sacks, and five forced fumbles en route to 2017 Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year, sharing it with Texas LB Malik Jefferson. Okoronkwo’s 46 QB pressures ranked third among Big 12 edge defenders. An 86th-percentile SPARQ athlete, Okoronkwo’s combination of explosiveness and college production increase his probability of hitting. In the NFL, Okoronkwo best projects as a sub-package outside rusher. This fit with Wade Phillips is an easy one.
Apr 28 - 2:55 PM

Rams selected Virginia ILB Micah Kiser with the No. 147 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Kiser (6’0/238) was a three-year starter for the Cavs, graduating fifth in school history in tackles (411) and tallying 32.5 tackles for loss with 19 sacks and eight forced fumbles. PFF College noted Kiser was an especially efficient pass-rushing inside linebacker with 78 career QB pressures. Kiser earned first-team All-ACC three times and tested as a well-above-par 68th-percentile athlete in Indy, running 4.66. Kiser struggled in pass coverage and got overpowered at times on tape, but he will help on special teams at worst and can’t be counted out as a potential low-end starter down the line.
Apr 28 - 2:20 PM

Rams selected Stephen F. Austin DE John Franklin-Myers with the No. 135 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Franklin-Myers (6'4/284) was lightly recruited out of high school but put together a quietly stellar career at Stephen F. Austin, earning second-team All-Southland honors as a senior in 2017 while leading the Lumberjacks with 13.5 tackles for loss. He runs well for his size (4.75) but was only a so-so pass-rusher in college (3.5 sacks as a senior). Franklin-Myers may have been a reach at this juncture.
Apr 28 - 1:48 PM

Rams selected Michigan State C Brian Allen with the No. 111 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Allen (6’1/300) made 38 starts for the Spartans – 16 at left guard, 17 at center, and five at right guard – and earned second-team All-Big Ten in each of his final three seasons. A lowly sixth-percentile athlete, Allen’s calling cards are tenacity, work ethic, and effort, all traits his older brother Jack possessed coming out of Michigan State, but haven’t earned Jack NFL playing time through two seasons. An overachiever, Brian is at a skill-based competitive disadvantage he’ll have to overcome on sheer will.
Apr 28 - 12:39 PM


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