Once again, Roman Gabriel is one of the exceptions for this list. Despite the Rams selecting the quarterback in 1962, he was also selected by the Oakland Raiders in the AFL the same year.
Luckily, Gabriel would choose the Rams over the Raiders. So in a way, this deserves to be viewed as a signing, since things easily could have gone the other way if he decided to sign with Oakland instead.
Even though Gabriel’s career with the Rams didn’t get off to the best start after finishing 0-3-1 as a rookie, things would get better moving forward. He would one day be viewed as one of the top quarterbacks to ever play for the organization.
In fact, the 1969 season arguably stood out the most for Gabriel during his time with the Rams. He took home NFL MVP honors following a year where he threw for 2,549 yards and 24 touchdowns, boasting an impressive 11-3 record.
Unfortunately, injuries started to catch up to Gabriel. The team eventually decided to move on from their beloved quarterback by trading him to the Philadelphia Eagles.
At least for Gabriel, that first season with the Eagles consisted of him leading the league in passing yards (3,219) and touchdowns (23). It suggests that the Rams probably should have kept him around for just a little bit longer before he fully exited his prime as an NFL quarterback.