If you want the LA Rams to sign an intriguing rookie to their roster, then look no further than former Jacksonvill Jaguars edge rusher Derek Parish, who was just released today. The LA Rams are believed to be in need of pass rush help, and while a late drafted rookie may not jump off the page initially, there is much more to Parish than meets the eye:
Pelissero goes on to elaborate that Parish was a FB/TE in high school, but flipped to OLB at Houston where he racked up an impressive 17.5 quarterback sacks. Because he has such a versatile and diverse background, he is certainly worth pondering. While Pelissero listed him as an edge rusher, his preseason stats indicate that he was used on the Jacksonville offense as a 6-foot-1 241-pound tight end.
In his draft profile, Parish was listed as an edge rusher, and in another draft profile, he was listed among Bruce Feldman's Freak's List. While there may be more polished raw prospects, I seriously if the LA Rams will ever find a chance to add a potential fullback, tight end, or edge rusher to their roster or practice squad again.
Even if he does not develop rapidly enough to make an impact this season, the fact that he could toggle to offense to play as a tight end or to defense to play as an edge rusher would be very valuable, if only on the Rams practice squad.
There are plenty of players to be cut, and perhaps some to be added to the Rams roster throughout the day and into the next 24 hours. But even as the main objective right now is to optimize all 53 slots on the active Rams roster, I think it makes sense to consider adding a versatile player to the Rams practice squad as well.
Edge rusher? Fullback? Tight End? With Derek Parish, there's no need to choose. By adding him, the LA Rams could add to the depth chart at all three positions.