Rams sign entire 2014 draft class
ST. LOUIS — The Rams announced on Thursday afternoon that they had signed all 11 of their picks from last month’s draft.
The organization had waited to sign all of their picks together, just like they did a year ago, until after they had meetings with the rookies to discuss money management and other subjects that could help them.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher said following Tuesday’s OTA session that the contracts would be completed before long.
"With the new rookie cap and everything it’s really not difficult to get the deals done," Fisher said. "So we just felt like this time would be better served, putting them in the situations from an educational standpoint, financial planning and those kinds of things. We’ve done a lot of that."
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The Rams’ draft class is made up of first-rounders Greg Robinson and Aaron Donald, second-rounder Lamarcus Joyner, third-rounder Tre Mason, fourth-rounder Maurice Alexander, sixth-rounders E.J. Gaines and Garrett Gilbert and seventh-rounders Mitchell Van Dyk, Christian Bryant, Michael Sam and Demetrius Rhaney.
Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, was signed to a four-year, $2.65 million contract, with $46,000 of it guaranteed, FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo reports.
Robinson, the offensive lineman from Auburn picked at No. 2 overall, and Donald, a defensive tackle from Pittsburgh, have impressed during St. Louis’s first few OTA sessions.
"I’m pleased with all of them right now, starting with Greg (Robinson), his ability to understand schemes and concepts and all that stuff," Rams coach Jeff Fisher told FOXSportsMidwest.com on Thursday. "He’s picking our offense up very quickly and he’s very athletic. (Aaron) Donald has been outstanding, but we’re not in pads. So he clearly has an advantage there. But the whole class is showing signs."
Joyner, the defensive back from Florida State, and Mason, a running back from Auburn, also earned some recognition from Fisher for their work during OTAs.
"Lamarcus (Joyner) is doing a nice job on the defense making plays," he said. "Tre (Mason) is what we thought he was, at least in shorts. So we’re pleased with the whole class."