OXNARD, Calif. -- The NFL draft is over. Free agency is over. We are now in the clear, with nothing really big planned until, you know, football actually begins. For the Los Angeles Rams, it's a chance to come up for air after one of the most eventful offseasons in league history.
Still, the team faces plenty of questions as it trudges toward the summer and waits for training camp to start. That's what we're here for in the weekly Twitter mailbag. As always, you can find me on Twitter @nwagoner or shoot me questions at any time using #Ramsmail.
Let's get to your questions:
@nwagoner I love the undrafted FA we got this yr! Wish we could keep many. Realistically who do you see making team? I know its early.— Thanks (@GoldenX40) June 3, 2016
@nwagoner: Funny you should ask; I actually spent a little bit of my time here this week talking to Rams personnel types about sleepers I need to keep an eye on when we get to training camp. As you say, it's early and coming up with evaluations at this point would be foolish (and probably wrong). But there were a few names that came up multiple times when I asked around about undrafted rookies with a shot to make the roster. Before naming names, let's be clear that these are some of the names the Rams liked as they signed this crop of players after the draft, not necessarily based on what they've seen in a small sample size.
First and foremost, the Rams seem to really like their group of undrafted wide receivers, which makes sense considering there could be an opportunity there to make the roster with a strong preseason. Four players -- Nelson Spruce, Marquez North, Paul McRoberts and Duke Williams -- were the names that popped up repeatedly. That's pretty much all of the undrafted rookie wideouts and clearly there isn't room for all of them. We'll see if any of them can do enough to land a roster spot with the important caveat that special teams will also play a part in that.
Elsewhere, some of the guys that I heard the most to keep an eye on included safety Brian Randolph and defensive backs Jabriel Washington (who Rams linebacker Mark Barron vouched for from a brief overlap at Alabama) and Mike Jordan. The Rams also expect one of their young linebackers to push for a spot, but they aren't sure which one it will be. It could be Cory Littleton, though he is not with the team right now as Washington finishes up the academic year.
@nwagoner: Let's follow one question that heavily involves receivers with another. Again, let's be clear that it's early and a lot could change between now and then, but I think the standard operating guess at this point would pencil Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt in as the two primary wideouts on opening night. Coach Jeff Fisher has had some recent praise for Brian Quick, but he's going to have to string good practices together and will get plenty of competition during camp. Assuming it's Austin and Britt on the outside, it's possible rookie Pharoh Cooper could work his way into the mix as the slot receiver. But I also want to make sure that Bradley Marquez isn't a forgotten man. Marquez made a strong early impression last year by continuously making plays during OTAs, and though it was only one day, he did the same thing Wednesday of last week. That plus his ability to get the job done on special teams makes him a valuable young piece. Not saying Marquez wins the job, but he's a guy who will have his say on the situation before these matters are settled.