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Rams hired former NFL QB Jeff Garcia as an offensive assistant.

The 45-year-old last played in the NFL in 2011. He was the QBs coach for the Montreal Alouettes last season and interviewed for the same position with the Rams in February before being passed over in favor of Chris Weinke. Garcia will try to rise up the NFL coaching ranks and be another voice for Nick Foles.
May 20 - 7:34 AM

Second-round pick Rob Havenstein is locked in as the Rams' right tackle after Joseph Barksdale signed with the Chargers.

The job was already Havenstein's to lose, but now his only plausible competition has officially moved on from St. Louis. GM Les Snead effusively praised Havenstein after the draft. "With big Rob, he is ready to play," Snead said. "He’s a right tackle, started a ton of games – never missed any. ... He’s just a guy that knows his strengths and weaknesses and how to use them." Havenstein isn't a dynamite athlete, but boasts plus arm length (33 3/4") to go along with his massive 6-foot-7, 321-pound frame.
May 19 - 7:25 PM

Rams signed Iowa DT Louis Trinca-Pasat.

Trinca-Pasat (6'1/290) made 38 starts for the Hawkeyes, compiling 23.5 career tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. He was voted second-team All-Big 10 by the conference's coaches as a senior. A good athlete for his squatty size, "LTP" ran 4.96 with a 32-inch vertical at the Combine. Trinca-Pasat is small with short arms (31 7/8"), but can shoot gaps and competes hard against the run.
May 4 - 1:33 PM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch concedes Rams RB Isaiah Pead's roster spot is in trouble.

We're shocked Pead has lasted as long as he has on the Rams' roster. Perhaps the team is showing compassion as he recovers from a torn ACL. One of many running backs Jeff Fisher's Rams have taken early in the draft, Pead has been by far the least successful. The No. 50 overall selection of the 2012 draft has zero career touchdowns.
May 3 - 2:24 PM

Rams signed Texas RB Malcolm Brown.

Brown (5'11/224) was a plodding underachiever as a former five-star recruit to Texas, leaving college with 2,678 yards and 24 TDs on 630 carries (4.25 YPC). He had 51 career receptions. Brown ran 4.62 with a 9-foot-9 broad jump at the Combine, but did shine in agility drills and improved his forty time to 4.51 at the UT Pro Day. A one-speed grinder, Brown excels in pass protection and can catch. Perhaps he'll carve out an Andre Brown-like career as a third-down back and No. 2 runner.
May 2 - 8:09 PM

Rams selected Memphis DE Martin Ifedi with the No. 227 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Ifedi (6'3/275) left Memphis as the school's all-time leader in sacks (22.5) and piled up 36 tackles for loss with four career forced fumbles. His senior-year stats would've been much better if not for a knee injury that cost Ifedi the first four games of the season. Ifedi ran 4.88 at the Combine with a 31-inch vertical. Long armed (33 7/8") with the ability to contribute at both strong-side end and defensive tackle, Ifedi may never grow into an every-down NFL player, but is talented enough to become an effective rotational piece.
May 2 - 5:30 PM

Rams traded up with the Jets to select Baylor ILB Bryce Hager with the No. 224 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

The Rams flipped disgruntled RB Zac Stacy to the Jets for the pick. Hager (6'1/234) made 32 starts as the Bears' middle linebacker, piling up 24 TFLs, seven sacks and five forced fumbles. He made second-team All-Big 12 in each of his final three seasons. Hager showed pro-quality athleticism at the Combine, running 4.6-flat with a 35-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump, also pumping 26 reps on the bench. Although he is not built ideally for inside linebacker, Hager flashes impressive first-step burst and plus pass-coverage skills. He may end up on the weak side in the pros.
May 2 - 5:23 PM

Rams selected Fresno State OG Cody Wichmann with the No. 215 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Wichmann (6'5/319) has good size for the interior and runs 4.98 with an above-average 8-foot-10 broad jump. He was College Football Focus' No. 4-graded guard in the nation last season. Wichmann is a plus pass blocker, but doesn't have the strength to get out and drive block in the run game.
May 2 - 5:04 PM

Rams selected Missouri WR Bud Sasser with the No. 201 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Sasser (6'3/219) broke out as a slot receiver following the departures of L'Damian Washington and Dorial Green-Beckham, posting a 77-1,003-12 receiving line as a senior. Snubbed for the Combine and overlooked by the draft community, Sasser showed passable athleticism at the Mizzou Pro Day, running 4.53 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Sasser doesn't project as an explosive perimeter receiver in the NFL, but could do some damage in a "big slot" role.
May 2 - 4:28 PM

Rams selected Iowa G/T Andrew Donnal with the No. 119 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Donnal (6'6/313) only started one year in college, bookending Brandon Scherff as the Hawkeyes' right tackle. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick. Donnal is a passable athlete with adequate arm length (33 1/2"), but struggled as a run blocker at Iowa and demonstrated limited strength at the Combine, managing 17 reps on the bench. Donnal's calling card is versatility, as he can play both tackle and guard. He could carve out a career as a "swing" reserve.
May 2 - 1:03 PM

Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed the Rams envision third-round pick Jamon Brown as a guard.

Brown was a tackle at Louisville and offers plus athleticism, but St. Louis sees him as a phone-booth lineman. The Rams' starting offensive line projects as LT Greg Robinson, LG Rodger Saffold, C Tim Barnes, RT Jamon Brown, and RT Rob Havenstein. It no longer appears Joe Barksdale will be re-signed.
May 1 - 11:42 PM

Rams selected Oregon State QB Sean Mannion with the No. 89 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Mannion (6'6/229) was a 43-game starter for Mike Riley's Beavers, wrapping his career with an 83:54 TD-to-INT ratio and 64.6 completion rate. He set 18 school passing records. A turnover machine in college, Mannion's high interception totals are an obvious concern, and he fumbled 30 times in four seasons. Mannion has experience making full-field reads in Riley's pro-style-ish offense, but his arm talent is below starter quality and his performance dipped sharply under pressure. Bright (40 Wonderlic) and the son of a coach, Mannion best projects as a long-term clipboard holder who would likely struggle in extended playing time.
May 1 - 10:53 PM

Rams selected Louisville T/G Jamon Brown with the No. 72 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Again, it is clear the Rams are focused on the run game. Brown (6'4/323) made 40 career starts for the Cardinals, seeing action at both right and left tackle. He was voted second-team All ACC as a senior by the conference's coaches. Brown's conditioning has been an issue in the past, but he is a long-armed (34 3/8") plus athlete with a 5.09 forty and impressive 7.36 three-cone time. Still only 22 years old, Brown projects as a right tackle or guard with mauler upside.
May 1 - 10:05 PM

Rams selected Wisconsin T Rob Havenstein with the No. 57 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Rams' intentions are clear: run the football. Havenstein (6'7/321) made 42 starts for the Badgers, clearing lanes for Melvin Gordon as a stalwart right tackle. He was voted first-team All American by college football's coaches in 2014. Havenstein showed limited athleticism in Indy (5.47 forty, 28 1/2" vertical), but has plus arm length (33 3/4") and is a Greg Cosell favorite for his drive-blocking ability. There has been concern that Havenstein managed 16 bench reps at the Combine, although recent Wisconsin alums Travis Frederick (21), Rick Wagner (20), and Peter Konz (18) also "struggled" on the bench, and Havenstein improved to 20 reps at his Pro Day. He projects as a potential long-term answer at right tackle.
May 1 - 9:07 PM

Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed the Rams will take a "conservative" approach to No. 10 pick Todd Gurley's return from November ACL surgery.

Neither Gurley nor Fisher gave a timetable Thursday night. "We're not gonna rush it," Fisher said. "We may well be a little on the conservative side. But this is the running back of our future. It makes no sense to subject him to or put him in a bad situation sooner than we have to." The general feeling is Gurley will miss the first month of the season. We wouldn't be shocked if he opened it on reserve/PUP.
May 1 - 1:26 AM

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