The Los Angeles Rams swooped up undrafted free agent Houston Cougars tight end Romello Brooker after the conclusion of the 2019 NFL Draft. He was one of three undrafted TEs brought in to round out the bottom of the TE positional depth, so Brooker will have his work cut out to make the roster.
The 6-5, 253-pound former basketball player did not put up stand out statistics in Houston, only hauling in 42 passes for 464 yards and eight touchdowns in his Cougars career. Brooker was mostly a reserve TE throughout his time in Houston — redshirted his freshman year (2014), special teamer (2015), pulled in his first TD in ‘16, appeared in 10 games in ‘17. The 2018 season was Brooker’s coming out party as he raked in 33 receptions for 409 yards and seven TDs (over 79% of his catches, 88% of his yards, and 88% of his scores).
So, we have a tight end that bloomed late and did not produce in college. Romello fits the mold of athletic TEs that Head Coach Sean McVay & Co. tend to be fond of.
As mentioned above, Brooker is one of three UDFA TEs the Rams added to the roster. The other undrafted rookie TEs — Kendall Blanton (Missouri) and Keenan Brown (Texas State) — also fit the prototypical McVay TE: tall and athletic, so it will be very interesting to see which TE rounds out the bottom of the chart. All of which are contending with second year player Johnny Mundt for the third TE spot.
There is not much to expect from an undrafted cat. The most we can hope for is Brooker making the roster battle a tough competition.
Chances of Making the Roster (2/10)
As far as his chances of remaining on the roster, they are slim. The Rams only carried three TEs in 2018 and the top two slots are already shored up with Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee.