St. Louis Rams: 10 Greatest Undrafted Free Agents in Team History

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While converting on early draft picks is a major key to success in the NFL, it’s equally important to be able to stock the bottom of the roster with able undrafted free agents who can fill needs. Sometimes, teams get lucky and these undrafted players actually end up being successful long-term contributors.

Perhaps there should be a growing sense of optimism surrounding the Rams, because after a period in the mid-to-late 2000s in which instances of undrafted free agents making the Rams’ 53-man roster were few and far between, these occurrences have become much more common as the Jeff Fisher/Les Snead administration has gotten settled in. Four undrafted rookies—tight end Alex Bayer, running back Trey Watts, defensive end Ethan Westbrooks, and cornerback Marcus Roberson—made the Rams’ opening roster this past season, though it was at the expense of the last five draft picks failing to make the team. It’s the most the Rams have utilized undrafted rookies since the late 1990s, when the Rams successfully found several diamonds in the rough on the way to a Super Bowl victory and a string of playoff appearances.

With the Rams’ history of having success with undrafted free agents, we thought it might be fun to rank the 10 best since the Rams have been in St. Louis. Here are the rules in picking players for this exercise: the player must have been originally signed by the Rams or brought in following an unsuccessful offseason attempt with another team. Thus, undrafted guys who had nice careers with the Rams after being poached from other teams’ practice squads, such as Mike Gruttadauria, Daniel Fells, and Danny Amendola, are ineligible.

Here are the 10 best undrafted free agents to play for the Rams since the team arrived in St. Louis.

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