When the LA Rams failed to re-sign kicker Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein in free agency, the expectation was that special teams coordinator John Bonamego believed that he could do better. Of course, there were NFL options, but Bonamego had his eyes set for a bigger prize. It was a tremendous sigh of relief when the Rams announced that they had signed a kicker before the NFL Draft.
In fact, the team signed two kickers. The team signed former XFL kicker Austin MacGinnis. Then the team announced signing CFL star and veteran kicker Lirim Hajrullahu, who hails from Western Ontario, Canada. Hajrullahu is the pre-competition favorite, as his kicking has made headlines for several years from the CFL. He is 5-foot-11 and weighs just 205 pounds. Not only that, but he was also both kicker and punter, which gives the Rams a huge advantage if All-Pro punter Johnny Hekker cannot play for some reason.
Long-range accuracy is his strength. In his career, he booted 41 out of 49 kicks from the 40-49 yard range (83.7 percent accuracy) and 14 out of 16 from the 50+ yard range (87.5 percent accuracy). In his last two seasons in the CFL, he kicked 31 out of 31 for field goals beyond 40 yards. You cannot kick better than that. Perfection. BOOM!
The guy even has his won video Hallelujah Hajrullahu, and I definitely recommend you check it out. I like Sam Sloman and Austin MacGinnis. But to be honest, I can see the roof coming off of the new SoFi Stadium as soon as Hajrullahu booms a 50-yarder through the uprights. He even was interviewed by Junior Admiral. The LA Rams are in need of football stars, and if this were tryouts Hajrullahu would have nailed the audition. Of course, it’s more complex than that, but it proves once more that finding talent for the LA Rams requires a big net.