In addition to seven returning players, Colorado State currently has six rookies in NFL camps who played for the Rams in 2015.
Each one hopes to become a valuable asset to their new team and contribute enough to stay in the league. But nothing is guaranteed.
The Rams have had 103 players taken during the history of the NFL Draft, including an impressive 6 selections in the past 3 years. That’s the same number of players that had been drafted over the previous 9 years.
We’ll start with the only former Ram who isn’t in his first, second or third season in the NFL. That’s veteran offensive tackle Erik Pears, who currently plays for the San Francisco 49ers.
Pears is a graduate of John Fitzgerald Kennedy High School in Denver, where he played football, wrestled, and ran track and field. He went undrafted in 2005, but was signed by the Denver Broncos.
Pears has been on the roster of several NFL teams including the Broncos, Bills, Jaguars, Raiders and now the San Francisco 49ers. In addition to that experience, Pears briefly played in NFL Europe with the Cologne Centurions in 2006. He also spent time with the Omaha Nighthawks of the now-defunct UFL in 2010.
Now a seasoned veteran, Pears signed a 2-year deal with the 49ers in 2015 and started every regular season game at right tackle for the team last season.
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