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The 8th round: Sizing up the Rams undrafted rookie free agents

The ink on the 2009 NFL Draft grade cards wasn't even dry when Rams GM Billy Devaney got right to work signing undrafted rookie free agents. He signed 15 undrafted rookies, 5 offensive linemen, 2 WR, 2 LBs, 3 DL, 2 DB, and one FB.

One name you might recognize - most likely you won't - is that of Roger Allen. The 6' 2" 326 lbs guard from Missouri Western turned heads earlier in the spring when he was invited to Missouri's Pro Day where he cranked out 38 reps on the bench press, a number that would have been second best at the Combine this year. Allen attended the Combine, but couldn't work out because he was recovering from a sports hernia. He was scouted by six teams this year. The Saints and Chiefs were among the team interested. Though they have some depth at guard, the Rams can always use more depth on the offensive line. Obviously, Allen's got the small school thing going against him, but this could be a nice pick up among undrafted free agents for the Rams. Worth keeping an eye on him in camp. Here's more on Allen from Arrowhead Pride and his scouting report from Draft Countdown.

Speaking of depth in the middle, Colorado C Daniel Sanders was among the undrafted free agents. Sanders was a team captain with the Buffs, and got flagged for only one penalty the entire season. At 320+ lbs, he has size. Could he be a potential backup to Jason Brown? We'll see. In my mind, the most likely scenario for that is sliding Incognito over to C and installing Greco at RG. Nevertheless, the roster needs another true center. Sanders will get a look along with recently acquired free agent Tim Mattran. Here's scouting reports on Sanders and Mattran.

Also among the interior linemen is a two-time all Mountain West Conference selection, G Ray Feinga. At 6'4" 337 lbs he has the size. The scouting report from projected him as a 5th round pick.

Florida OT Phil Trautwein is an interesting player. A starter on two national championship teams, he's another converted TE and an all conference selection last year. This scouting report thinks he could become a RT with the proper adjustments.

Quentin Chaney was Oklahoma's third WR last season, his senior year. He caught 29 passes for 500+ yards and two TDs. He's got interesting size at 6'5" and 205 lbs. WR Jarrett Byers was a Division II All American and played with none other than QB Keith Null in the Cactus Bowl where the two connected for a 48-yard TD.

Mississippi State LB Dominic Douglas led the team in tackles last year with 116. He's an OLB who most likely projects as a special teamerr as a ceiling at the NFL level.

Kansas State DE Ian Campbell is the highest rated of the defensive linemen signed yesterday. He had 20.5 sacks in his college career, which peaked as a sophomore.

Here's the full list of undrafted free agents.

Roger Allen - G - Missouri Western State
Ekenemchukwu Asiodu - LB - Central Oklahoma State
Jarrett Byers - WR - Northeast Oklahoma State
Ian Campbell - DL - Kansas State
Quentin Chaney - WR - Oklahoma
Dominic Douglas - LB - Mississippi State
Ray Feinga - G - Brigham Young
Jerome Johnson - FB - Nevada-Reno
Mike Newkirk - DL - Wisconsin
David Oswald - T - Brigham Young
Cordelius Parks - CB - Northeastern
Kirston Pittman - DL - LSU
Mark Rubin - SS - Penn State
Daniel Sanders - C - Colorado
Phillip Trautwein - T - Florida