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2015 Rams Roster Preview: Can RB Malcolm Brown Carve Out A Niche?

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Between now and the start of camp, the TST staff will be profiling each player on the 90 man roster. We'll kick things off with an intriguing UDFA from Texas.

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Malcolm Brown largely fell on his face after landing at Texas as a 5-star recruit. However, that's not to say that he doesn't have the ability to hack it in the NFL. As the top RB recruit in 2011 class who attended a Texas - a University that notoriously over-hypes and expects too much from it's program - it was always going to be difficult for Brown to sate Longhorn fans.

While I think Brown was put in a bad situation in a deteriorating program, it's also easy to see the other side of the coin. A 5-star recruit is brought in to be a difference maker, and it's hard to argue that he was. Sure he had his moments, but ultimately his inability to capitalize on his potential cost him a spot in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Roster Battle

Brown will be fighting for his life throughout training camp. The Rams are absolutely loaded at RB. Making the team in a group that includes Todd Gurley, Tre Mason, Benny Cunningham, the enigma that is Isaiah Pead, and special teams ace Chase Reynolds will be extremely difficult. That's 5 RBs that have a leg up on Brown.

That leaves Brown competing with the suspended Trey Watts - likely in Fisher's dog house - and fellow Undrafted Free Agent Terrence Franks. Brown has a leg up when it comes to pure talent, but will have to show that he can do more than just run the ball to stick. Read: he's going to have to show that he's willing to play special teams.

The one ray of light for Brown is that the Rams lack a 'boomer' goal-line style back. While he isn't a prototypical big back at 5'11" and 225, he has a north-south running style that could  benefit him in the competition.

Expectations

After lofty expectations at UT, expectations for Brown in St Louis are fairly low, which has to be a change of pace for him. He will be expected to eat reps in the dog-days of summer and push the players that he is competing with. It's hard to expect much more than that out of an UDFA when it's such a position of strength.

Chances of Making Final Roster (2/10)

If the Rams weren't so loaded at RB, this number could be as high as 4, but there just isn't much space for him on the final roster. Camp will be more of an audition for the practice squad than anything else. If he completely blows the coaching staff away during camp, he's a prime candidate for the practice squad. Fisher is likely going to take a good, long look at him because he's a RB, but I would be shocked if he's on the final 53-man roster.