Size is generally a prerequisite to play in the National Football League. The recent trend has been towards smaller, quicker athletes that can do damage in space as evidenced by the St. Louis Rams’ top selection in April’s draft, the 5’8” Tavon Austin. Still that doesn’t mean the other side of spectrum doesn’t have some appeal for General Manager Les Snead and company.
The latest signing by the Rams is gigantic (literally) in 6’10” offensive tackle Terrell Brown from Ole Miss. While he saw minimal playing time with the Rebels during his three year career, Brown has potential and that is a big buzzword when it comes to undrafted free agents. He had two starts as an offensive tackle in 2012 and also saw eight games of action at defensive tackle in 2011.
At 377lbs., Brown is a bit bigger than the league’s current tallest player Jared Gaither who stands at 6’9” 335lbs. That may be why the experiment on defense was warranted as not many men of that size have the agility to stay in front of oncoming defensive players.
Just what kind of plans the Rams have for this kid remains to be seen, but given the fact that Rodger Saffold’s contract is up at the end of the 2013 season, the offensive side of the ball seems most likely. The team’s biggest offseason acquisition in terms of a veteran free agent was 6’7” Jake Long who could possibly offer some tutelage to Brown was he gets on the practice field.
Obviously the veterans will have plenty of fun with Brown in the locker room given his infamous moment on live television during a game broadcast at Ole Miss. Check it out below. Sorry, Terrell.
Speaking of crushing chairs, some have suggested that this type of move might be in relation to a proposed partnership between the WWE and the NFL that would send former football players to the professional wrestling industry. Given Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s success, it certainly isn’t as far fetched as it may seem.
Whether his future is on the gridiron or on the canvas, either way is probably a better way to be remembered than the footage above.