LA Rams signed both BYU defensive backs Dayan Ghanwoloku and Dayan Lake as a UDFA, because they are the same player
The LA Rams have signed 20 undrafted free agents but somehow in the process, as many as twenty-one UDFA names are listed on multiple websites. While the number of UDFA players signed by the Rams is the accurate number, the names of the 21 players signed are also accurate. That is due to the fact that BYU cornerback Dayan Ghanwoloku was once named Dayan Lake.
You can catch the full story in a recent article written by Jay Drew in April 2020. In that article, Drew discusses how five years ago, then Dayan Lake, Lake decided to honor his late uncle Gayvelor Ghanwoloku and take his last name. The article goes on to identify Dayan’s uncle as the man most responsible for getting him to the United States.
And so, the period of signing undrafted free agents is already a wild ride where partial information mingles with confirmed signings and the occasional bogus reports to make it a very hectic period of about 96 hours of trying to nail down who is officially on the team via the UDFA signing process.
— Dayan G. Lake (@Lake_Era5) April 26, 2020
The LA Rams have helped that confirmation process quite a bit by listing all 20 players who the team has signed or at least committed to signing. But when comparing that list to various authentic social media confirmations, the list became a bit shaky. Dayan G Lake’s own twitter account added to the confusion, listing his name as Dayan G. Lake, but commenting on Dayan Ghanwoloku’s announcement by BYU of his signing on with the LA Rams.
The Rams have 68 players on the current team roster. 20 UDFA signings bring that number to 88. Finally, the Rams had signed two non-NFL kickers to compete for former-Rams Greg Zuerlein’s role. The number ties out to the 90-man roster.