Rams make a 'big' splash with undrafted free agent signing

USA TODAY Sports

If size was the only thing that mattered, the Rams just landed the number one pick.

The St. Louis Rams added another offensive tackle this week, a big one. The team signed Terrell Brown of Mississippi, who measures a towering 6'10, 388 pounds. That officially makes him one big dude. The only thing longer than his 92" wingspan may be his odds to make the final roster.

Offensive linemen need to be pretty flexible, bending down, springing up and moving to keep track with today's speedy pass rushers. It cost him playing time at Ole Miss, where he saw the field exactly twice in his senior season there. Still, he had plenty of NFL teams checking him out at Mississippi's pro day this year (full results for Brown's workouts are here). With those kind of measureables, he's worth a look.

Here he is next to Stedman Bailey, who is a full foot shorter.

Speaking of undrafted free agents, the Rams were again big spenders on the secondary market this year. They paid out $103,100 in guaranteed money to undrafted free agents, the third most of any team. Only the Patriots and Cowboys paid more.

Safety Cody Davis and offensive tackle Braden Brown got the biggest guaranteed lumps at $20,000 each.

All together the Rams signed 22 undrafted free agents after the draft. Brown joins that list. They also had a heaping helping of tryout players in the building for rookie minicamp. Six of those players were signed.

The team only drafted seven this year. They obviously needed to lean on UDFAs for rounding out the roster. No players were picked after the fifth round, thanks to some wheeling and dealing on draft day(s). Teams structure their boards differently. Some have mid-round grades on the same players other teams grade as UDFAs. Grabbing up those players on the wire essentially replaced those later round picks, and gives Fisher and his staff plenty of young talent to evaluate.

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