5 UDFAs Who Will Make the St. Louis Rams’ 53-Man Roster

5 UDFAs Who Will Make the St. Louis Rams' 53-Man Roster

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The St. Louis Rams are already expected to have the league’s youngest roster for the third consecutive season in 2014, but adding some quality players of the hungry, undrafted variety never hurt any team. After what many believed to be one of the best draft classes, the Rams also signed several quality camp bodies that could make the roster when the cuts come down. Here are five guys with the best chance to make an early impact.

5. Aaron Hill, LB, Minnesota

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5. Aaron Hill, LB, Minnesota

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Though he’s not considered the best athlete ever, the 6-foot-1, 231-pound linebacker Aaron Hill was a team captain and true locker room leader at Minnesota. The Rams could certainly use depth at outside linebacker, and Hill has a shot to excel on special teams if he can snag a roster spot by impressing the coaching staff. He’s a very heady player with a nose for the football, and it certainly wouldn’t be a shock to see him make the cut.

4. Abasi Salimu, OT, Nicholls State

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4. Abasi Salimu, OT, Nicholls State

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If you want a true sleeper to make an impact with the Rams, Abasi Salimu is the perfect pick. At 6-foot-4, 287-pounds he could certainly use some work in the NFL weight room, but it’s clear the potential is there for a truly solid player at the next level. With terrific football IQ and the technique to really excel, adding some physicality to his game would really help Salimu make his mark at the next level.

3. Austin Franklin, WR, New Mexico State

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3. Austin Franklin, WR, New Mexico State

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Many felt the Rams needed to upgrade at receiver in the 2014 NFL Draft (myself not included), but the team neglected the position entirely during the selection. That doesn’t mean a true find can’t come from this class, however, as Austin Franklin was signed as a UDFA. He impressed at the Combine with a 4.56 time in the 40, and his impressive 39-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump at his pro day really underscored his potential.

2. Avery Cunningham, S, Central Michigan

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2. Avery Cunningham, S, Central Michigan

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Although the Rams did select one of my favorite players in the 2014 draft class with similar attributes in Lamarcus Joyner, Avery Cunningham is a real sleeper to help provide depth at safety with the versatility to also play corner or in the nickel spot. He is terrific in run support and can provide the Rams with some much-needed help in covering the deep middle of the field.

1. Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

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1. Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

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How Marcus Roberson ever went undrafted is still difficult to understand. At one point this young man was being discussed as a potential late first-round pick, and now he is heading to camp with the Rams as an undrafted free agent. Character concerns could be a reason for the huge slide, but at 6-foot, 191-pounds with tremendous instincts and read-and-react ability, Roberson will make the Rams and compete for playing time at corner.

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