The LA Rams have made it a point to sign undrafted rookie free agents, develop them over the course of one or two seasons, and then send them onto the football field to assume the vacated roles of previous undrafted free agents who sign contracts with other NFL teams. Not every undrafted player makes the roster, nor do the Rams need to hit on each addition.
The system is effective, though. Effective enough to sustain the team’s annual NFL Draft despite the willingness of the LA Rams front office to trade away picks. With a complement of awarded compensatory picks, the Rams have been able to pay top-dollar for elite players, while remaining successful and competitive. But that all hinges upon the success of the LA Rams to continue to supply young talented players to their pipeline.
Along that line of thinking, who might be the next UDFA success story be on the LA Rams roster this year?
That’s the question that pops up every season. And each season, the answer is a bit different and a bit surprising. In a year when the LA Rams needed to find a viable offensive center to fill the projected vacancy created by free agent Austin Blythe, promising center prospect Cohl Cabral was unable to stay with the team.
Conversely, the following year, a passed-over offensive tackle named Alaric Jackson not only made the team, but he showed up in a huge way by starting at left tackle against the Minnesota Vikings and playing incredibly well.