Monday, July 21, 2014

Rookie free agent profile: Trey Watts, RB, Tulsa

Trey Watts 5'9.5” 195
RB, Tulsa

Rankings:
NFLDraftScout: 45th-ranked running back, #651 player overall, 7th round-free agent grade.
Nawrocki: 53rd and last RB ranked. Grade: 4.50, solid free agent capable of being invited to an NFL training camp.
Scouts Inc: 50th-ranked RB. Grade: 30, borderline draft prospect.
DraftCountdown.com: 42nd-ranked RB, late round-free agent grade.

Biography/Honors:
2013: First-team all-Conference USA at RB. Led conference in rushing. Led conference in all-purpose yards and was in the top ten in the nation. Played in, and I assume started, all 12 games. 268 rushes for 1,329 yards (5.0 ypc) and 11 TDs. 46 receptions for 395 yards (8.6 ypc) and a TD. Led team in rushing and receiving. Finished season with 5 straight 100-yard rushing games for a total of 8. Averaged 20.7 yards on 9 kickoff returns and 6.7 yards on 22 punt returns (long of 77).
2012: Second team all-Conference USA as a kick returner, honorable mention as a RB. Played in 13 games, starting 6. 186 rushes for 1,108 yards (6.0 ypc) and 3 TDs. 34 receptions for 343 yards (10.1 ypc). Averaged 27.9 yards on 21 kick returns with a TD and 7.0 yards on 22 punt returns with a TD. MVP of conference championship game and Liberty Bowl win over Iowa State.
2011: Honorable mention all-Conference USA. Played in all 13 games, starting 12. 157 rushes for 881 yards (5.6 ypc) and 3 TDs. 31 receptions for 242 yards (7.8 ypc) and 3 TDs. Averaged 24.1 yards on 20 kick returns with a TD.
2010: Played in 11 games, starting 4. 62 rushes for 197 yards (3.2 ypc) and a TD. 20 receptions for 172 yards (8.6 ypc) and 2 TDs.
2009: Redshirted.

Off-field:
Academics: Majored in organizational studies.
Family: Father J.C. played quarterback at Oklahoma from 1979-1981 and played in the CFL for six seasons.
Twitter handle: @trey_the_truth

Injuries:
2013: Played through ankle injury without missing action.
2012: Missed one game due to unspecified injury.
2010: Missed two games due to ankle injury (probable but unconfirmed).

Pro Day Stats: (not invited to NFL Combine)

4.78 40 (4.60)
26.5” vertical jump (RBs at the Combine averaged 34.5”. Watts' jump was 2” worse than the worst jump)
9'2” broad jump (9'11”)
6.94 3-cone drill (7.08)
4.37 20-yard shuttle (4.28)
8 bench press (19 was average at the Combine. Watts would have tied De'Anthony Thomas for last. Players who can't outbench Rams owner Stan Kroenke should probably consider skipping this drill)

Scouting report:
Positives: Versatile runner and receiver with great feet and quickness. Quick to the hole with excellent vision. Has high football IQ, allows his blocks to develop and follows his blockers well. Elusive runner who can put together multiple moves. Effective receiver with good hands, catches well outside of his frame. Good burst and all-around quickness. Plays bigger than his size. Smart, hard worker, an underrated runner with a complete game.

Negatives: Lacks size and speed and his pro day numbers were pretty woeful. Doesn't run with authority. Doesn't break many tackles or gain much yardage after contact.

Compares to: Stepfan Taylor.

Fun Facts: Potential character red flag: Trey's Tulsa football bio lists his favorite NFL team as the Cowboys. His favorite food is pizza, his favorite TV show The Wire and his favorite pro athlete Kevin Durant.

RamView: Have the Rams gotten serious about finding a kickoff returner? Watts is at least the third rookie they've picked up this year with bonafide ability there. Oddly, though, considering they're a running team, the Rams don't tend to keep a lot of RBs around. Watts is really athletically inferior to Benny Cunningham and probably needs Benny to catch a bad case of fumblitis in camp while also either beating out some much quicker people as a kick returner or outplaying Chase Reynolds on coverage units. There's a path to the roster for him, but it's not an especially easy one to follow.

Chance of making team: 15%

Sources: NFL Draft 2014 Preview (Nolan Nawrocki), Draftcountdown.com, DraftInsider.net, Wikipedia, University of Tulsa athletics, ESPN.com, NFLDraftScout.com, CollegeInjuryReport.com, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal-Gazette

Photo: Tulsa World

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Jo-Lonn Dunbar arrested

Well, we made it all the way to the last week before training camp is to start, and it looked like the Rams' offseason off-field troubles were going to be limited to Stedman Bailey's failed drug test...

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But think again. Jo-Lonn Dunbar was arrested outside a Miami nightclub Sunday morning after getting into a fight with a former NBA player of little note, Donte Greene. (I mean, come on. At least get in a fight with an a NBA player good enough not to have to ride the bench at Sacramento. I hope Dunbar at least won the fight.) Both were charged with battery and disorderly conduct.

Counting his failed drug test last year that got him suspended for four games, this is the second straight offseason Dunbar has failed to stay out of trouble, and with Jeff Fisher's stern attitude toward player behavior, I'm sure Dunbar is in line for a suspension... a heavy fine... a stern tongue-lashing... oh, never mind, go spot for Kenny Britt in the weight room.

-$-

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rams report, 7/18: some L.A. stories are happier than others

As hard as it is to believe, training camp is nearly here. Rookies report on Tuesday (!), veterans on Thursday. The first practice open to the public is a week away on the 25th. Let's take one last run at reporting some Rams and alumni off-season news...

* Michael Sam received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Some other recipients of that award: Muhammad Ali, Pat Tillman, Nelson Mandela. It had been 12 years since the last time a Ram received ESPN's version of the Oscar. Kurt Warner won the Best Breakthrough Player and Best NFL Player awards in 2000; Marshall Faulk won Best NFL Player in 2001 and 2002.

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* Several ex-Rams received mentions in Sports Illustrated's July 7-14 Where Are They Now? issue. There was a feature article on Marcus Dupree, who I did not realize had played for the Rams. The article barely mentions Dupree's days in L.A. (1990 thru training camp of 1992), but it's interesting how he got to the Rams. He went from college to the USFL, but blew out a knee in 1985, ending his career there. The Rams got his rights by drafting him in the 12th round of the 1986 draft. He was out of football for five years when Walter Payton encouraged him to try to get back in shape and try out for the NFL. Dupree dropped 100 pounds in just over three months and had a successful tryout with the Rams, made the team and rushed for 251 yards and a TD in two seasons. Dupree ran for over 100 yards in the final preseason game of '92, but was released in the final roster cutdown and decided to retire. I'll add a link to the article in the dreaded RamView.com reading room in the near future.

* Other former Rams mentioned in the issue: former QB coach Steve Fairchild, now OC at Virginia; and Jerome Bettis and Wayne Gandy, who are among many former pro athletes living in an upscale part of Atlanta. Let me guess what traffic is like in that neighborhood. Bettis climbs Gandy's rear bumper all the time and goes nowhere, while Roy Barker flies right by Gandy coming the other way without having to slow down...

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* In 2014, the receiver-desperate Rams have taken a flier on troubled WR Kenny Britt. After a pretty successful minicamp, Britt will be one of the Rams to watch in training camp. But in 2013, the receiver-desperate Rams also took a flier and signed a troubled WR, Titus Young, who the Lions cut after repeated outbursts believed to have been brought on by mental instability. Young's story hasn't worked out anything at all like Britt's. The Rams cut him barely a week after signing him, and his life continued to spiral rapidly downward. He was arrested on 11 criminal charges, including burglary and assault, in May 2013. After Young failed to show in court to answer to those charges,  the case was delayed so Young could seek medical treatment for his mental illness. Young is not currently in a hospital, though; he is in a Los Angeles jail cell for several counts of assaulting people at the hospital (including his attorney). Detroit Free-Press article Young's father blames a concussion for Titus' problems, but couldn't or wouldn't volunteer anything specific about when and where Titus got it. Whether or not football caused Titus' problems, it sure hasn't done a lot to help him get away from them.

Titus Young had been a subject for us to crack wise about, but this is no longer a tsk-tsk, privileged athlete falling from grace story. It's a sad story. Young's future is not bright. He's not in control of his own actions. He appears to be not just mentally ill, but unsafe to treat. Nobody seems able to treat him right now and the best answer the system has is to lock him up.

* In other bad news for Rams alumni, Rokevious Watkins got a four-game suspension from the league for violating the substance abuse policy. Another downward spiral, twisting harder and picking up speed.

Watkins and Young are both people whose problems are not new. Watkins' problems go all the way back to high school, Young's to at least his college days at Boise State. A lot of people ignored or looked past these problems because of both men's athletic prowess. A lot of people looked at them as football players first and foremost and never looked at them as people who need help, though all the signs were there the whole time they've been in the public eye. Ultimately, neither football nor society have done either one of them a favor.

-$-

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rookie free agent profile: Diontae Spencer, WR/KR, McNeese State

Diontae Spencer 5'8” 173
WR, McNeese State

Rankings:
NFLDraftScout: 86th-ranked wide receiver, #636 player overall, 7th round-free agent grade.
Nawrocki: 87th-ranked WR. Grade: 4.50, solid free agent capable of being invited to an NFL training camp.
Scouts Inc: 106th-ranked WR. Grade: 30, borderline draft prospect.

Biography/Honors:
2013: 50 receptions for 835 yards (16.7 ypc) and 9 TD in 13 games. 9 rushes for 55 yards (6.1 ypc) and a TD. Averaged 29.4 yards on 29 kick returns with 2 TDs. Averaged 7.6 yards on 20 punt returns with a TD. All three return TDs came in the same game, against Stephen F. Austin.
2012: 31 receptions for 413 yards (13.3 ypc) and 2 TD in 11 games. 11 carries for 159 yards (14.5 ypc) with a 91-yard TD run. Averaged 23.0 yards on two punt returns and 22.0 yards on 12 kickoff returns.
2011: 8 receptions for 73 yards (9.1 ypc) in 9 games. 9 rushes for 103 yards (11.4 ypc) and a TD.
2010: 12 receptions for 175 yards (14.6 ypc) in 11 games. 35 rushes for 127 yards (3.6 ypc) and a TD. Averaged 8.6 yards on 7 punt returns.

Off-field:
Academics: Majored in accounting.

Twitter handle: @DSpencer4_

Injuries:
None reported.

Pro Day Stats: (not invited to NFL Combine)

4.34 40 (WRs at Combine averaged 4.52. Fastest time was 4.33 by Brandin Cooks. Worth noting that Spencer's time was wind-aided. He also ran a 4.45 into the wind)
40” vertical jump (35.5” was average. Spencer would have come in second here, too. Tevin Reese jumped 41”.)
10'3” broad jump (10'1”)
7.22 3-cone drill (6.94 average – Spencer would have had 4th-worst time)
4.30 20-yard shuttle (4.18)
13 bench press (13)

Scouting report:
Positives: Explosive slot receiver and effective kick returner with a strong lower body. Works well underneath, catches well in stride. Good hands. Frequently had to adjust for balls thrown behind him and he does it well. Good concentration. Shame he wasn't at the Combine, he would have had excellent gauntlet runs. Capable downfield and outside-the-numbers receiver. Plays bigger than his size and his confidence shows in his play. Has the hops to win jump balls. Can go up and get it. Makes smart in-route adjustments. Tracks the ball very well over his shoulder and protects it well from defenders when he makes the catch. Good acceleration immediately after he catches the ball. Improving as a route-runner and improving in ability to change direction. Learned how to take advantage of defenses respecting his deep speed to get open on breakoff routes and added some sick cuts to his repertoire. Plays like a much bigger WR in the red zone. Handles fade routes well. Disciplined, and improving, runner as a returner and as a receiver after the catch. Takes what he can get, doesn't waste time or field position attempting 25 Bruce Lee moves in one play. Not shy catching in traffic or making plays in the middle of the field. Has a good feel for finding space – turns on the jets and is gone. Uses his blockers well. Defenses have a hard time finding him in the backfield. Tough and strong-legged. Sinks his hips and absorbs shots that should knock him down, including one play (5:45 into clip) where a safety blows his own helmet off trying to level him. My favorite play (very end of clip): though McNeese is losing 24-0 at the time, he returns a kickoff to midfield with 10 guys trying to bring him down the last few yards. The Packers had shown interest in signing him and he was actually signed by the Bears.

Negatives: Undersized. Level of competition was terrible. His film is peppered with awful coverage breakdowns and defensive backs with no speed or skill. Relies heavily on straightline speed and can be a one-note player. Not as elusive as you'd hope for his size. Not much of an ankle-breaker and agility is not a special part of his game. Agility drill times were not good. There's very little man coverage on his highlight clips and I don't see a lot of physicality elsewhere in his game to suggest he can get off an NFL jam. Has good timed speed but it doesn't translate to game speed. Looked like a limited route runner who will need refinement to be able to beat man coverage downfield. Has a minor tendency to break a run or return outside even when there's a better opportunity in the middle. Needs to be much more instinctive about carrying the ball tight to his body. Looks a lot like a product of being a system slot receiver at a very low level of competition. Was cut by the Bears.

Compares to: Dexter McCluster, says Andre Reed, who coached Spencer at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Fun Facts: Diontae had a 5-TD game against Stephen F. Austin this past November. Besides the three return TDs mentioned earlier, he also caught 7 passes for 152 yards and another two TDs.

RamView: A lot of what worked for Spencer at McNeese won't work in the pros. But he is fast, tough and versatile. He hasn't leveled off as a player. While “scouting his film” I saw continual improvement in his route-running and elusiveness. Because he's good raw material and can contribute as a slot receiver and a returner, I think he has a shot at a practice squad position. I also think, though, that Justin Veltung has PS eligibility remaining, and he's bigger and more experienced while having Spencer's positive qualities.

Chance of making team: 20%.

Sources: NFL Draft 2014 Preview (Nolan Nawrocki), NFLDraftScout.com, McNeese State University athletics, ESPN.com, New York Daily News, NFL.com, Youtube, RamView Scouting Services (highly amateur)

Photo: McNeese State sports information

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Rams report, 7/5: Broadcast news

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Just a little bit to talk about for the Rams this week during the football calendar's quiet time (though that's news to Josh Gordon):

* The Rams announced their two throwback uniform games this year will be October 13th against the 49ers and December 21st against the Giants. At halftime of the 49ers game, which is a Monday nighter, there will be a halftime tribute to players from the Greatest Show on Earth team. Must. Get. Throwback. Jersey!

* Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt and Andrew Siciliano will do Rams preseason broadcasts for the second straight year. Even though he doesn't do it often, Faulk is one of the best analysts out there. It's worth your while to watch a Rams preseason game just to listen to Marshall.

* Robert Quinn, the only Ram who'll make NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2014 list, came in last week at #13. That's by far the highest a Ram has been rated in the short history of that list. (Too bad it wasn't around in 1999, 2000 or 2001.) Quinn came in one spot behind J.J. Watt despite having twice as many sacks. Then again, Robert Mathis won the league sack title and finished even farther back. Still, this year's list hasn't been as bad as it has been some years. Maybe before too long, we'll see Alec Ogletree, Tavon Austin or Greg Robinson crack this list along with Quinn. Maybe even that Bradford guy.

* Rookie free agent profiles are underway! I wanted to get the first five up all at once; after that, I'll get as many of the rest up as possible as time permits.

-$-

Rookie free agent profile: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

Marcus Roberson 6'0” 191
CB, Florida

Rankings:
NFLDraftScout: 12th-ranked CB, #89 player overall, 3rd-round grade.
Nawrocki: 12th-ranked CB, #95 player overall. Grade: 5.40, likely 3rd-rounder minimally with sub-starter potential.
Scouts Inc: 15th-ranked CB, #101 player overall. Grade: 67, good prospect.
DraftCountdown.com: 13th-ranked CB, #118 player overall. Mid-round grade.
Sports Illustrated's draft preview projected Roberson as a 2nd-round pick.
However, he was not ranked in Mayock's or Kiper's top 100 prospects.

Biography/Honors:
2013: Played in 7 games, starting 4. 11 tackles, 3 pass breakups. Averaged 9.2 yards on 14 punt returns.
2012: Second team all-SEC. Played in all 13 games, starting 4. 23 tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, two interceptions, 12 pass breakups (most since Joe Haden in 2008), one forced fumble. Returned two punts for 81 yards. Second in SEC in passes defended.
2011: Started 10 games. 22 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, one interception, 2 pass breakups, one fumble recovery.

Off-field:
Academics: Left school with a year of eligibility remaining. Major not listed.

Arrested September 2011 for underage drinking.
Suspended one game in 2013 for undisclosed violation of team rules. It's believed he attempted to sneak a girl into his hotel room the night before a road game.
Roberson's four other games missed in 2013 were attributed to injury but it's believed there was a disguised suspension for failing multiple drug tests. (If he didn't pass drug tests at the Combine, I didn't find a report of it.)

Injuries:
2013: Missed three games due to a strained left PCL.
2011: Missed last three games and spring practice in 2012 due to season-ending neck injury (fractured C6 vertebrae) that required surgery.

NFL Combine Stats: (averages for cornerbacks in parentheses)

(Numbers according to NFLDraftScout)

4.61 40 (4.52)
37.5” vertical jump (36.5”)
10'0” broad jump (10'2”)
6.84 3-cone drill (6.97)
4.08 20-yard shuttle (4.20)
8 bench press (average was 14. The only corner to lift worse than Roberson was Louchiez Purifoy (also out of Florida), with six. In 2012, Sports Illustrated reported then-65-year-old Rams owner Stan Kroenke could do 12 reps)

Scouting report:
Positives: Big press corner with “length” and very good turn-and-go quickness. Has qualities of a good zone corner, too, good field vision, awareness and presence. Knows when to look for the ball. Physical and plays with attitude. Changes direction quickly and shows good instincts. Has smooth hips and transitions well out of backpedal. Good recovery speed. Fearless and confident. Good ball skills, breaks up a lot of plays. Good body control and tracks the ball well over his shoulder. Played well against Kelvin Benjamin in 2012 and frustrated him into several OPI penalties. Solid, willing run defender. Has punt return experience. Can develop into a #2 or #3 corner if he improves his recognition and regains his 2012 form. Has the footwork, movement skills and competitiveness to blanket receivers at the NFL level.

Negatives: Needs to mature. Believed his press clippings and came out too early. Did not prepare seriously for the Combine. Needs to bulk up and get stronger. Struggles with most big receivers and doesn't have elite top-end speed to keep up with fast receivers. Anticipation and route recognition are not good. Gets beat by double moves. Inconsistent reacting to the ball. Needs to learn better, legal hand use. Tends to clutch and grab. Doesn't make a lot of tackles and isn't a good tackler, doesn't wrap up. Needs to work on his angles and timing his jumps better. Does not consistently close quickly on underneath routes. Gives up the edge as a run defender and is too much of an ankle tackler. Play is a little hyper. Sometimes he's way too aggressive, sometimes he's way too soft. Has to learn to play within his limitations. Lacks experience and durability.

Compares to: I come up with a slow Justin King. Dane Brugler at CBSSports.com comes up with Alterraun Verner.

Fun Facts: Marcus played at St. Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, which had four other alumni drafted this year, including corner Lamarcus Joyner to the Rams and safety Dezmen Southward to the Falcons. I'd think about drafting any high school QB or WR who had a good game against that secondary.

RamView: Scouting reports on Marcus Roberson were so all over the place, some didn't even agree on whether he has short or long arms. Since he didn't get drafted, the negative reports obviously won, but all seem to agree that he's got the tools to stick in the NFL if he gets his act together. RamView would usually think little of the chances of a player with Roberson's inexperience and who will have to grow up a lot in the course of one training camp, but by now we've come to know this kind of player a classic DB prospect of Jeff Fisher's Rams teams and the type of prospect Fisher's had success developing. It doesn't hurt at all that Rams camp looks like a cattle call at corner, with at least three, and as many as five, roster slots up for grabs at that position among the Rams' final 53. We may learn a lot about this competition watching Roberson, E.J. Gaines, Greg Reid and Darren Woodard on special teams and late in preseason games. All four of those players need to be sure not to get outworked in camp.

Chance of making team: 50%.

Sources: NFL Draft 2014 Preview (Nolan Nawrocki), NFLDraftScout.com, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, DraftCountdown.com, Sports Illustrated, University of Florida athletics, SBNation.com, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Bleacher Report

Photo: NFL.com

Rookie free agent profile: Ethan Westbrooks, DE, West Texas A&M

Ethan Westbrooks 6'4” 267
DE, West Texas A&M

Rankings:
NFLDraftScout: 13th-ranked defensive end, #150 player overall, 4th-5th round grade.
Nawrocki: 11th-ranked DE, not ranked in top 150 prospects. Grade: 5.23, should make a roster and contribute on special teams.
Scouts Inc: 25th-ranked DE, #272 player overall. Grade: 36, borderline draft prospect.
DraftCountdown.com: 20th ranked DE, #213 player overall. Late round-free agent grade.

Biography/Honors:
2013: Second team “Little all-America” (Division II, III, NAIA). First team all-Lone Star conference. Played in 14 games, starting 10. 43 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 10 QB hurries, 5 batted passes and a forced fumble. Defensive MVP of the East-West Shrine Game with two sacks.
2012: Transferred to West Texas A&M. Division II National Defensive Player of the Year. Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Played in 15 games, starting 14. 60 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 19.5 sacks (1 off Division II record), two batted passes, three forced fumbles. Led the nation in sacks.
2011: Transferred to Sacramento City College. MVP of the Mid-Empire Conference with 10.5 sacks. Complete statistics not readily available online.
2010: Transferred to Cosumnes River (Calif.) J.C. Did not play football.
2009: Played in 11 games for San Joaquin Delta (Calif.) J.C., starting nine. 36 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss, 9 QB hurries.

Off-field:
Academics: Majored in nursing, with a minor in business.
Twitter handle: @EastyBeasty90

Injuries:
None reported

NFL Combine Stats: (averages for defensive ends in parentheses)

4.83 40 (4.83)
29” vertical jump (33” - Westbrooks was one of the low five DEs)
9'2” broad jump (9'8” - also in the low five)
7.30 3-cone drill (7.33)
4.67 20-yard shuttle
19 bench press (22)

Scouting report:
Positives: Intriguing size and athleticism. Well-built with good size and “length”. Plays bigger than his size. Has frame to add at least 10 pounds without losing quickness. Explodes off the snap and explodes into blockers. Has surprising burst. Very physical and aggressive. Explosive upper body, can rock a blocker on his heels. Above average overall strength. Quick, heavy hands. Good first step and good bend around the edge. Excellent flexibility, balance and body control. Natural pass rusher who hunts down QBs. Breaks down well chasing mobile QBs. Disruptive penetrator with a good spin move and a very effective inside move. Plays with tenacity and covers a lot of ground when he plays motivated. Quick closing burst. Shows some nastiness. Versatile – played nose tackle and 3-technique as well as traditional 4-3 DE. Dominated lesser (Division II) competition but had his best games against his best opponents. No significant injuries.

Negatives: Very raw, unpolished, unrefined in technique. Level of competition let him get by just on his athletic skills. Freelanced all the time in college and will have to learn to play a structured game. Much more interested in rushing the passer than playing the run and gets fooled by play-action and draw plays. Does not maintain his rushing lane, gets out of position and loses track of the ball. Effort is a significant concern. Disappears for long stretches. Motor doesn't always run hot. Doesn't pursue hard once the play's past him. Needs to improve his hand work and work on keeping his pads low. Struggles with the mental game. Doesn't show a good understanding of blocking schemes. Respectful but a bit of an oddball. Coaches will have to stay on his case to get the most out of him. Takes stupid penalties and committed THIRTY PENALTIES IN TWO YEARS at West Texas A&M, INCLUDING 15 OFFSIDES PENALTIES. And, believe it or not, some teams consider his tattoos (he is heavily tattooed and has one on his face) as character red flags.

Compares to: Eugene Sims

Fun Facts: Famous people with face tattoos: Mike Tyson, Lil Wayne and Dallas Mavericks forward Deshawn Stevenson, who is the face tattoo champion for his inexplicable backwards Pittsburgh Pirates logo. Although there is the rapper with the giant ice cream cone on his face. Good grief.

RamView: The Rams should carry 10 or 11 defensive linemen on their 53-man roster, which sounds like a lot, but nine of those spots are probably already decided. Michael Sam's the ninth unless he has a terrible camp. I've got Westbrooks, Sammy Brown, Matt Conrath and Deantre Harlan fighting for the last scraps, and I think Westbrooks, who got the biggest signing bonus among Rams UDFAs, is a pretty good favorite to win out. After Mike Waufle turned Gerald Rivers into a legit NFL pass rusher last summer, a player of Westbrooks' versatility and pass-rushing skills is clearly in the right camp, as long as he keeps his head on straight. But knowing Jeff Fisher's strict discipline against committing penalties, Westbrooks could be in for an uphill... oh, never mind. Your locker's over there. Next to Ray Ray Armstrong.

Chance of making team: 55%.

Sources: NFL Draft 2014 Preview (Nolan Nawrocki), NFLDraftScout.com, CBSSports.com, West Texas A&M athletics, Stockton (Calif.) Record, Amarillo (Tex.) Globe-News, Scout.com, Sacramento City College Express, MTV

Photo: NFL.com