Don't look now, but UDFA IOL Grant Miller deserves a spot on the Rams roster

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What I love about this signing

It's amazing, but Grant Miller is a Rams' legacy. He is the son of former Rams OT Fred Miller, who was drafted in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the then-Saint Louis Rams. Fred Miller would go on to play 13 seasons in the NFL and split his time between the Tennessee Titans, the Saint Louis Rams, and the Chicago Bears.

Sons of NFL offensive linemen are undervalued and underappreciated. After all, they get a headstart at birth toward competing in the NFL, and they understand the intricacies of succeeding in the trenches. Whether or not it shows up in the track and field measurements compiled during the annual NFL Scouting Combine, legacy offensive linemen seem to have a knack for following in their fathers' footsteps.

Just listen to Grant Miller's recap of his father showing films of little league opponents:

Not only that, but the proof is in the pudding. Per Pro Football Focus, Grant Miller is one of the Rams highest graded pass blockers in preseason so far, and has an impressive grade of 69.2 in 54 offensive snaps. That's incredibly impressive, and certainly adds fuel to the fire for the Rams to consider not risking losing him by trying to slide him over to the practice squad.

What are his chances of making the roster?

Initially, I had his chances of making the initial Rams roster as extremely remote, and even a less than 50 percent chance of making the Rams practice squad. But now, I'm more convinced that he will make some NFL team's 53-man roster. Whether or not that means he will survive the upcoming Rams roster cuts is another matter altogether.

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However the Rams configure their starting offensive line, the Rams will look to have one backup center, one backup offensive guard, and one backup swing tackle. However, if the team does elect to keep nine offensive linemen on the initial 53-man Rams roster, I think that Grant Miller, shockingly, has a real shot of sticking around.