The St. Louis Rams have signed 2009 second-round draft choice (35 th overall) linebacker James Laurinaitis, along with two other draft picks and a free agent defensive tackle as the Rams get ready for this opening weekend of training camp.
Laurinaitis, 6-2, 244 pounds, joined the Rams after a four-year career at Ohio State University. Laurinaitis is a three-time first-team All-America honoree and the recipient of the Ronnie Lott Trophy (2008), Butkus Award (2007) and the Nagurski Award (2006). Laurinaitis’ 375 career tackles rank seventh in school history.
The Rams also signed fourth-round draft choice defensive tackle Darell Scott and sixth-round draft pick quarterback Keith Null. Scott, 6-3, 312 pounds, recorded 161 tackles (103 solo) with nine sacks and 36 quarterback pressures in his four-year playing career at Clemson University. Null, holds the West Texas A&M career records for passing yards (9,769), completion percentage (67.5), touchdown passes (92) and total offense (9,174).
The Rams also signed free agent defensive tackle Hollis Thomas, while waiving defensive linemen Kirston Pittman and Willie Williams, and wide receivers Travis Brown and Horace Gant.