7 underdog LA Rams UDFAs who have real shot to earn roster spot

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Wide Receiver Easop Winston

Some things feel like destiny.  Washington State University’s Easop Winston feels like that type of player. He’s an explosive, resourceful, and very talented wide receiver ascends from former head coach Mike Leach’s offensive aerial assault to Rams’ head coach Sean McVay‘s offensive aerial assault.  He is an energetic, entertaining, and extremely talented receiver who deserves to make the team’s roster if nothing else, simply for the reaction of the entire family when he got the call from the LA Rams that they wanted to sign him up.

He is pretty wise for his age to be honest. And he is pretty talented. Throw out everything you think you know about drafted versus undrafted rookies. Winston is deadly dangerous, a highly-skilled route runner who timed his emergence from college football to coincide in one of the deepest wide receiver classes in modern times.  For example, Pro Football Focus released the ranking of the 2020 NFL Draft prospects in work against man coverage, and Easop Winston Jr. ranked third, just behind Laviska Shenault Jr. (42nd player selected) and Tee Higgins (33rd player selected).

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Did he make pro-caliber quarterbacks?

Easop Winston Jr. caught passes from two quarterbacks in his college career. Gardner Minshew, who is now the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He also caught passes from Anthony Gordon, who signed a contract to play for the Seattle Seahawks. So along the same lines of the question of which came first, the chicken or the egg? Did he make his quarterbacks good enough to attract NFL team interest, or did his quarterbacks make him good enough to attract the LA Rams attention?

While you ponder the answer to that question, keep in mind that the San Francisco 49ers were hot on Winston’s heels, comparing him to outgoing free agent WR Emmanuel Sanders.  Winston is 5-foot-11, 190-pounds, runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, and rarely drops the ball. He was the primary target of both Minshew and Gordon because he had great hands. He was a draft target for the 49ers because he had great hands. He was signed by the LA Rams because he has great hands.