LA Rams rookie WR Winston is NFL ready, and that’s no Easop’s Fable

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LA Rams signed rookie Easop Winston from WSU after the 2020 NFL Draft, an NFL ready WR, and that’s no Easop’s fable

The LA Rams have had some success bringing up players out of the PAC-12 into the NFL. So when the team signed Washington State University wide receiver Easop Winston Jr., this was about the opportunity to draft an offensive skill player with some potential.  after all, Winston was most certainly in the sights of some pretty NFL franchises.  Not only were the San Francisco 49ers linked to Wiston in pre-draft mocks but so were the Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, and Philadelphia Eagles.

Winston is a 6-foot-0 192-pound wide receiver with a great combination of hinds, speed, route running, and mystical ability to make highlight plays to move the chains. Oh, he also has the ability to score. In just two seasons at WSU, he pulled in 137 catches for 1624 yards and 19 touchdowns.  While that was not enough to hear his name called out in a very WR deep class from the 2020 NFL Draft, he did hear his phone ring immediately after that draft ended.

Rams receivers reinforced

While the Rams were content to draft just one wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft, the team was quite active signing receivers after the draft. So active, in fact, that the Rams signed up an additional five receivers after the 2020 NFL Draft. Why so many? Honestly, this was one of the deepest receiving classes out of college for many years.  And that talent level remained at an NFL caliber with prospects long after the draft ended.

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Players who had fourth-round grades fell out of the draft. For the LA Rams, a team already with needs more numerous than available draft selections, signing the receivers after the draft was the equivalent of additional draft picks. Not only did it make sense for a team seeking to reinforce the passing game, but the Rams are desperate to improve the rapidly declining production of their special teams’ units as well. How does that align with a young man’s dreams of playing in the NFL?