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2015 St. Louis Rams Roster Preview: Can OT Steven Baker Jump from Practice Squad to Full Roster?

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Baker has the size that the Rams look for in Offensive Lineman, but will that be enough for the 3rd year Tackle?

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At 6'8" and 310 pounds, OT Steven Baker looks the part of an NFL offensive lineman. However, that hasn't been enough to secure his NFL future as he has bounced around the league during his first three seasons. Baker spent last season on the Rams practice squad working with Paul Boudreau to refine his practice.

Baker has spent time on the Cardinals and Giants practice squad as well, so he is likely ineligible to remain on the Rams practice squad. If he wants his NFL career to continue he'll have to prove his worth among the Rams OL-heavy 2015 draft class.

Roster Battle

No position group is more wide open for the 2015 Rams than the offensive line. In each of his 3 seasons in St. Louis, Jeff Fisher has carried 9 offensive lineman. Not all of those spots are up for grabs though. Greg Robinson, Rodger Saffold, Garrett Reynolds, Tim Barnes, Barrett Jones, Rob Havenstein, Andrew Donnal and Jamon Brown all likely have been penciled into the final roster.

That leaves a whole bunch of bodies competing for one roster spot. Baker will be battling with are UDFA Darrell Williams, Demetrius Rhaney, 2015 6th Round pick Cody Wichmann for that final OL spot on the roster. The regime is high on Rhaney and Wichmann likely has a leg up because he is a 2015 draft choice. The deck is stacked against Baker.

Expectations

With his eligibility on the practice either over or quickly coming to a close, it's time for Baker to put up or shut up. He has the size that the Rams like on the OL, but the fact that he was never added to the active roster last season isn't good news. He will have to show major improvements in camp if he is going to avoid the first round of roster cuts.

Chances of Making Final Roster (3/10)

If the Rams think that they can sneak Rhaney and/or Wichmann onto the practice squad to start the year, Baker's chances improve. I don't see that as a likely scenario though. As a developmental prospect who has failed to develop in his 3 years in the NFL, it'd be an upset if he wins the final OL roster spot.